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Re: The Unexpected | Rianne, Livi and Rylen
Topic Started: Jun 5 2017, 01:42 AM (2,077 Views)
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Setting: Kyros Bridge, Stormy Afternoon, around 3 PM
3 Months after the Graduation Ball


It seems that Diraven[1] is in a foul mood.

Standing just a few meters into the eastern end of Kyros Bridge, Brett shivered, huddling in his cloak as heavy rain and wind buffeted seemingly from all sides. It was just their luck that a storm had brewed right around the schedule they had set for soldiers from the main base to come and take the demon corpse off their hands.

His four fellow soldiers shivered in their own cloak as they stood against the cart containing their gruesome but precious cargo, hoping for it to break some of the wind’s force. The two horses attached to the cart whinnied in protest as a particularly blinding lightning ripped through the darkened skies.

It actually took them almost an entire week to arrive from Arcane Land due to the heaviness of their cargo and the weather that steadily gotten worse in the last couple of days. He’d hoped to all deities listening that the coming soldiers would have had the sense to bring some extra horses from Tylon or else they’d be having a very slow journey with this weather. They could only spare two of their own because horses are a hot commodity in their area.

“Do you think they’d be able to come today, captain?” One of the soldiers asked Brett over the sound of thunder, rainfall and the waves of the raging ocean crashing against rock.

“I don’t know but here’s to hoping they would!” Brett answered in a raised voice in order to be heard. “The messenger did say that the personnel who received our message promised to gather some soldiers to meet us here today. They might just be running late because of this damned storm.” He hoped to the gods they’d come. He really had no desire to lug this thing back to camp. He would have liked to just take it all the way to the research facilities himself and send the others back but it was not an option.

Despite the world going to hell, bandits and other criminals still existed and would love to get their hands on such an exotic item to sell in the black market. Brett was pretty sure there would be a lot of people who would still be interested despite the possible danger a demon corpse might bring. Yes, despite being dead, Brett believed it was still dangerous as it was still oozing with malevolent aura that creeped him out.

The fact that it was encased in ice and looked quite intact with its...red face contorted in a soundless roar, showing full rows of sharp and deadly fangs, didn’t help matters.

“I think I see them, captain!” A soldier alerted, his hoarse voice being drowned out but the storm. Brett fixed his gaze across the bridge. He could barely see through the sheet of rain pouring from the skies but he thinks he had indeed seen movement in the distance. He just hoped the new arrivals would be the soldiers they were waiting for and not some enterprising bandits.

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     It had been three days since Rianne, Livi, and Rylen was dispatched from the Main Military Base, to meet up with Captain Brett Knox and his men near Kyros Bridge. They were tasked to retrieve the demon corpse handled by the captain and deliver it to the Research Facility near Trontell Mines. They had brought enough provisions on their expedition but still stopped by the base near Tylon to restock. They had also acquired five war horses from the base, thanks to Rylen having convinced the commander stationed there.

     It was still sunny when they left Western Altrus and crossed Kyros Bridge this morning and would've reach the other side around noon if things had gone smoothly. They were more than half way across the bridge when the skies turned dark and it started raining. The rain was still manageable for travelling. But little did they know that Diraven would have mood swing.

     Diraven chose the most opportune time to unleash his anger. They were almost near the end of the bridge when the watery pandemonium broke loose. Rain pour mercilessly in sheets, the sea roared in anger as the waves crashed against the bridge, and the winds howled as they shifted direction every so often, making their situation a bit more difficult. A flash of light ripped the sky followed by the roar of thunder. Rianne couldn't help but pray to Teia[1], one the goddesses of mercy Teia, oh goddess of mercy, Diraven is mad. Kindly calm him down.

     “I’m sorry Asche but we need to push through for now.” She crooned as she gently patted the neck of the dark haired horse cantering beside her to assure her horse it would be alright. It had whined in protest when the lighting traversed in the sky. It would rather have its owner on its back, but the gentle patting calmed the alert the stallion. She too had lightly grazed the neck of the current stallion she was riding on “You too.” She crooned. She could feel a light tugging on the rope that was ponying her third horse, it was a male stallion with copper red fur “Yes you as well, we need to move faster.”

      She lowered her hood even more and raised her scarf over her nose to buffer the wind and water that was pelting her face. They needed to move faster and get to the mainland as fast as their horses could carry them. She doubted Livi and Rylen could hear her with these blasted winds, so she raised and waved her hand forward to signal her comrades Livi and Rylen to keep their horses moving.

     She leaned forward a bit moving her seat and strongly tapped the horse with both her legs. It took a while, but the brown bay understood it needed to break into a faster canter. The other horse that was attached to it also followed suit, matching the pace of her horse. Asche whined in protest and chased after the black bay that was carrying its mistress. Rianne understood her horse’s protest, but it couldn’t be help. The new horses needed to be lead and ponied. She knew Asche was smart enough to understand her cues from afar so she allowed him to run beside her while she rode and lead the new horses. She was careful in directing the horses as they ran through this terrible weather.

     She could barely make out the silhouettes at the far end of the bridge. But she could make out something big on the horizon. That must be it. She muttered silently contemplating the creature they were to bring back to the west. Rianne raised her right arm forward pointed it towards the direction of the men. Despite knowing her voice would be drowned by the howling winds, she still dared called out “There!! Almost there everyone!!”

     The small blunette spurred her stallion to gallop towards the human silhouettes. “WOAH!!! Heel boy!!” she cried as reined in the horse to a sudden stop as it became skittish as they had gotten a few meters closer to the group. Even the copper horse fell into a sudden stop its ears were twitching and stayed behind the black stallion, whose tail was clamped down. She could sense they were very nervous.

     Asche halted on her left, standing his ground before whining, a very unfamiliar sound she had heard from him. Her eyes looked the blue roan, his tail was swishing fast and his ears were perked forward and he was looking at something. It was the first time she had seen him really mad yet seemed a bit nervous.

     Rianne’s eyes turned to look at what was making her horses jittery. She came face to face with their special cargo. It still looked ugly and terrible despite being incased in solid ice. And pretty much stood frozen in time and well intact it’s no wonder her horses were agitated. She gave them all a quick patting, brushing their wet manes as they huddled closer together, practically flanking the black bay she was sitting on. “Yeah I know we’re all cold.” She murmured calmly. “But we need to get closer…” the blunette coaxed the three horses to walk closer to the soldiers.

     Seeing she can’t dismount for the time being, she waited for Livi and Rylen to catch up to them. “Good day gentlemen!” Rianne greeted the soldiers but she lightly grimaced thinking Although we’re having quite as storm… she continued “We were sent from the Main Base.” She pulled back the cloak’s arm hole higher, revealing her arm band tied around her left upper arm to prove her point. Her fair skin lightly shivered as it came in direct contact with the piercing rain drops. Sighing, she bellowed against the howling winds trying to get her voice to be heard “I seek to speak with Captain Brett Knox. Where is he?”

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Livi signed up for the mission and unknowingly teamed up with Rylen and Rianne. She was happy when she found out that Rianne would be leading. However she did not expect Rylen to complete the roster. She had mixed feelings about it but a mission was a mission. She did her best to act like her normal cheery self. The three of them had hurriedly journeyed to Kyros Bridge. It took three days of a silent and uneventful travel.

As they were traveling, Livi can't help but think about how she used to travel with her parents. They would often pass through this bridge with a horse-drawn wagon. Then she thought of his only family left, her uncle Lyall. ‘I wonder how he’s doing. After Kyros bridge would be Triathos. An almost a day travel. I wonder how uncle is doing. Triathos you're so near yet unreachable. Since we can go almost anywhere now, I wonder if they’ll let me have a few days off to visit Triathos. Uncle did send a letter to visit home. Once I get back I’ll try to find time to visit.’ With a melancholic smile, their journey continued.

They were to pick up a frozen demon and have it transported to the research facility. A remnant of General Ileana’s last mission. Livi burned with passion as she thought ‘When will I be able to go to missions to hunt demons or fight in the front lines. I signed up for this unit to be able to kill those detestable demons! I trained hard for this!’ She furrowed her eyebrows and clutched the reins tightly. The horse had noticed so she calmed down and stroke her white horse. “It’s ok, Snowfire.” she giggled.

As soon as they arrived in Tylon, Rylen had asked for extra horses. Rianne and her each led two and Rylen led the last one. They gave him one so he can have more freedom. Since he was given the rear guard duty, he always lagged behind the two. Livi was thankful for this arrangement, she still felt a bit troubled being around him. She always stayed near Rianne which was normal.

As they traveled the bridge, they were greeted with Diraven’s wrath. “Aiyah,what strong winds and rain.” Their cloaks fluttering from the strong winds. She shivered from the cold ‘So cold, hope the horses would be fine. Well at least they should be more resilient than us.’ she had squinted her eyes guarding from the strong wind and rain. She heard a shout from Rianne

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There!...

The other parts were a bit inaudible, “We must be almost there, Snowfire. Just a little more.” She somewhat struggled as she rode her horse and led the other two.

Rianne arrived first then Livi. By the time she arrived, Rianne was looking for Captain Brett. So she halted just behind her.

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Rylen silently cursed to himself at their misfortune. Of all times, it just had to rain now. There was a whole slew of problems waiting to be unleashed because of that.

Unable to help himself, Rylen’s brain started ticking off said problems. One, with how hard the rain was falling, they’d have low visibility. They won’t be able to see any enemies lying in wait for them until it was too late. Two, he’s an archer. He’d have to do a lot of adjusting in order to properly shoot his arrows because the rain, not to mention the wind would prove to be quite an obstacle to his shooting. The rain would undoubtedly put more weight on his arrows and the wind could throw them off course. Three, Livi’s element is fire. Her attacks would be severely weakened what with the barrage of rain.

Because of this damnable weather, their attacking power had been pulled down by a half.

Because of this damnable weather, their speed has been pulled down by a half as well.

If they were attacked now…

He shook his head and his ears picked up the sound of Rianne’s voice. It was barely audible but he had managed to hear her words. He squinted ahead and sure enough, a moment later, he could make out the end of the bridge along with a few people and horses and a large silhouette which Rylen deduced to be the cargo they were supposed to take.

He urged Sunny as well as the horse he was dragging with him into a faster gallop then pulled to a halt, careful to stay a bit farther behind Livi. It had been months since they’ve broken up but...she never seemed comfortable when he was a around and he was still feeling guilty about what had transpired between them.

Rylen patted Sunny’s neck as he started to clop his hooves in obvious distress. The other horse he had brought tried to back away but he held the reins firmly and clicked his tongue, reaching over to rub its neck soothingly.

He looked over to the demon encased in ice. The last time he’d seen one was during the recovery mission they’d been sent on before they graduated. The mission where they lost two of their comrades, Jack Fox and Philip Aventurra.

His brows furrowed in anger as he stared at the demon’s face.

They had been told that the demon was encased in ice and was the remains of Ileana’s kill from her last mission but…

It looked quite intact.

Ileana had once told him she never leaves any demon unscathed.

Maybe she just missed this one? Will the rain melt away the ice? No. If it could withstand sunshine for weeks then it could withstand a little rain. At least...he hoped so.

He tore his gaze from the demon and towards the soldiers, awaiting for any instructions.
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“Good day gentlemen! We were sent from the Main Base. I seek to speak with Captain Brett Knox. Where is he?”

"'Tis I!" Brett called through the sound of the storm, moving closer the the new arrivals. He looked at the extra horses they've brought and nodded approvingly.

Then he stared at the arm band around the small woman's arm, squinting his eyes through the rain. "Identify yourselves! Your rank and your unit!" He bellowed. He can't just hand over such precious cargo without knowing to whom he was transferring it to.

He looked over at the other two behind the small woman, trying to see their faces through the rain and their hoods. He was a bit disconcerted that there were only three of them but he supposed that each of them would be powerful in their own rights, being trained as special soldiers as well as possessing special weapons.
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     Rianne eyed the man who answered her question, and waited for him to come closer. She observed him as he observed her horses rather approvingly and before moving on to her. She just steeled herself from the cold and the scrutiny. She sat there like a placid statue, as she hid her lack of confidence in her credibility by looks alone and discomfort. "..."

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"Identify yourselves! Your rank and your unit!"
     I hope the weather lets up soon... Rianne sighed, and lowered her scarf along with her hood. Her blue tresses tied in a high pony tail and the small braids that framed her neck kited in the wind. Her eyes squinted from sudden assault of the rain drops on her face.

     Although she's already used to getting her face splashed with water or whipped by her wet hair courtesy of her own weapon. It still was not an enjoyable feeling. She promptly dismounted from the black horse.

     At five feet and an inch thanks to her boots, she was still easily, how to put it nicely towered over by the horses beside her as well as the captain. But it can't be helped, as she feels it was right to humbled herself as she introduced her name.

     "Elite Rianne-" The small blunette tried to voice her own name louder, but a crackle of thunder muffled her voice as she mentioned her surname "Serene" Destine... she mentally added. She picked up the intensity to get her voice through the wind and rain "from the Stationary Unit. She gave a promt bow.

     She stood up straight and pointed her hands towards Livi and Rylen's direction. "And these are my comrades." Rianne patiently waited for the other two to come closer and introduce themselves.

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Due to the heavy rainfall and occasional thunder, Livi found it hard to hear them speak. But enough to make out what Captain Brett said and Rianne’s answer. She got off her horse and led them to Rianne’s right side and stood near her facing Captain Brett.

Livi put down her hood and parted her cloak to reveal her blue uniform and saluted as she answered “Livi Reinheld! I’m part of the Frontline Unit!” To make it easier to verify their identities she let herself get drenched by the rain. It also revealed the handle of her sword which she was carrying in her back.

She tried keeping a serious face as she looked at him but the rain and strong winds make it hard for her to keep her eyes open. So she would furrow her eyebrows and squint at him. Hopefully this wouldn’t cause any misunderstanding.
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Rylen dismounted from his horse and approached the group, slowly leading the horses forward. The horses warily kept looking at the demon and Rylen instinctively tightened his grip on the reins in case the horses suddenly spooked and try to run off.

Then, there was also another person Rylen was wary of.

He hesitantly stepped closer to Livi and took off his hood, feeling the wind and rain immediately blowing and soaking his hair, no doubt making it even more messier since he had neglected to tie it back when they left this morning.

Staring at the man who he assumed to be Captain Brett, Rylen saluted and said in a loud voice, “Rylen Cotterill from the Defense Unit, sir!” He gritted his teeth against the biting cold of the rain splattering on his skin. He hoped the captain won’t recognize his name.

In the past months since the graduation ball and then even more after the grand speech he received from Volker, every time Ileana would leave for the frontline for weeks on end, he would send trinkets and...letters to her. He actually thought the scout he’d been asking to send them had gotten fed up with him and might have gossiped about him to his soldier buddies but at least he was assured that Ileana was still receiving his gifts and letters.

The reason why the commander from Tylon generously gave up five horses to him was because he thought Rylen had some deeper connection with Ileana.

He wondered how long he’d have ‘til Ileana found out about these circulating whispers. He wasn’t exactly discouraging them. At least it proved useful to them for this mission, right?

He tried to keep a straight face and was suddenly feeling grateful for the cold rain for keeping his skin from flushing.
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Brett was taken aback at the woman...girl? Who first introduced herself. He was even more surprised to know that she was one of the three Elites! He heard that the sole woman Elite was small but he wasn’t expecting her to be this small. The top of her head barely reached the height of his chest!

He cleared his throat and mentally shook his head. He shouldn’t be judging from appearances especially with these special soldiers. If she was an Elite then she was damn powerful and skilled enough to be able to get that rank. They are, after all, almost on the same level as the Generals.

The other soldier who came forward next was a woman as well but at least she seemed a bit more...stronger looking, especially with that greatsword slung on her back. A frontline soldier as well! That means they’d be comrades-in-arms soon enough.

The last one who came forward was almost as tall as him and was, thankfully, a man.

It wasn’t like he had problem with women. It was just he wasn’t so keen on letting women take care of such a gruesome package. He didn’t think his conscience could take it.

He nearly choked though when he heard the man’s name and he resisted the urge to stare more than what was socially acceptable. He couldn’t help it though, the name was very, very familiar.

Even though the three of them were all Training Order soldiers, this one was infamous for an entirely different matter. In the corner of his eye, he saw his companions shifting and whispering among themselves.

So this was General Amedea’s beau who had been sending her gifts and love letters every time she stayed at the frontline. He had guts, Brett had to admit. It can’t be easy trying to win a General’s heart. And not just a General, a noble one at that. AND not just any old noble either. No, she just had to be the head of one of the High Houses.

Talk about aiming far and high. He was, indeed, an archer.

He almost snickered to himself at his own joke.

He coughed once and stood straighter. “Captain Brett Knox. I run the forward camp in Arcane Land whenever General Amedea is not around.” He glanced briefly at Rylen and resisted the urge to smile knowingly at him. “Thank you for responding to our request and I apologize for choosing such a bad time to meet up. Wasn’t expecting this kind of weather now of all times.” He grunted in disdain towards the sky.

“I see you’ve brought extra horses! Good. At least you’d have a speedy travel to the Facility!” He gestured at his men to bring the cart forward and attach the five extra horses. “We’ll give you these two horses as well to help. But since you have your own horses to ride as well I’m sure you’d have a speedier travel than us.” Brett said.

“Done, captain!” A soldier announced. “Uh, who’s going to be driving? We might as well attach your horse to the cart now.”
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     Rianne didn't miss the beat of Brett's surprise. She was sensitive to this stuff, no matter how subtle they tried to hide it. She was already used this, surprising people by her height, looks, and then age. She just kept a curt smile and a placid look.

     Wonder how many inches did Yohann grew this summer... He's nearly as tall as Livi if I remember... Rianne thought as she waited for the introduction to be over. Ugh... In a few months time people will hardly believe I'm older than him...

     Rianne observed the man's change of demeanor when Rylen introduced himself, she even noticed his men were shifting about amongst themselves. She unfastened her rapier, which she had conveniently attached to one of the straps attached to Asche’s saddle.

     "Nice meeting you Captain Knox, despite this unfavorable weather." Rianne smiled curtly as she answered the man's introduction. But at the back of her mind thought Arcane Land... It's near home... Rianne thought longingly Beyond that is Vetanom... But even before that there is Pomah...

     "It's quite alright Captain, we didn't know Diraven would be in such a bad mood today of all days." she smiled curtly. "You're welcome. And Thank you for all your and your men's assistance! We'll take good care of the other two horses you've given us." Rianne then patiently waited till the men were done.

     "Livi will be driving." Rianne answered in a cool tone, and nodded at Livi to help them with Snowfire. "Oh! And Rylen please help them and ensure that the horses are all okay."

     "By the way Captain Knox is something of the matter?" the blunette queried at the tall man in front of her. Her eyes squinted a bit she she raised her head to look at him. If something was wrong with her team, or if there was something a miss she would like to know. She was still after all new to this sort of business, and senior's insight if very helpful and much appreciated.

     "I couldn't help but notice something may be amiss. Is there a problem with my team?" she took a quick glance at Rylen, whom she noticed the captain's looks lingered longer earlier and then Livi. Before turning to look back up at the captain, mildly irritated having to squint everytime she looked up because of the rain.

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The soldier nodded and approached the woman called Livi and took the reins of her horse before leading it to the front row of the horses pulling the cart.

Brett nodded approvingly at the Rianne’s decision. Despite the rain, it’s always good to keep a ranged fighter free, just in case they were attacked. Of course he’d rather they weren’t attacked but, in their line of work, it was always good to be prepared.

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By the way Captain Knox is something of the matter? I couldn't help but notice something may be amiss. Is there a problem with my team?

The captain blinked, pausing for a moment to process Rianne’s words, if he had heard her correctly. He shifted slightly and looked at some of his companions who was still glancing at Rylen once in a while.

He chuckled slightly, “oh, don’t worry, ma’am! Nothing’s wrong with your team whatsoever.” Brett answered, shaking his head a bit. “My men just can’t help but feel a bit...awestruck by your presence. I personally feel more at ease now, meeting you three. It seems the Training Order has paid off and we’ll be able to turn the tides of this war pretty soon!” He smacked a fist into his palm.

What he said was true of course but not the entire truth. He figured if the whispers about Rylen and the General Amedea hasn’t reached Rianne’s ears yet then he’d be damned if she was going to hear it from him.
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     “I see…” Rianne glanced back at Livi and Rylen for a minute. She heard rumors floating around the bases, but usually she just tends to dismiss and forget them. But the particular whispers was spread out that she can’t help but caught wind of it even if she forgets them. So even those whispers had reached the east huh…

     Rianne shook her head lightly. It seems she won’t get some validation by words from a high ranking officer of some truth of these whispers. And from the looks of it Brett had assumed she hadn’t heard of these so called rumors. But it was better off that way she could just feign being oblivious as usual. It would have been better if I was really oblivious to this… It’s hard to ignore the awkwardness between those two…

     She wasn’t averse to compliments, but she still feels embarrassed. She moved both her hands behind her along with her rapier and gave a low bow “I’m deeply humbled by your words. But…” She stood up straight and rubbed the back of her head as she awkwardly smiled while saying “we still have a lot to go and experience to be well seasoned veterans like you and your men Captain Knox."

     Sure enough everyone had high hopes in the Training Order. And sure enough they had a big shoe to fill in order to turn the tides of this war. Rianne just shook away those thoughts of the set expectations from them. All that matters is that they don't lose hope in destroying these demons.

     “Now if you’d excuse me Captain…” Rianne straighten her pose and turned to look at Livi and Rylen. The blunette yelled loudly against the wind, even louder when she called for Brett or spoke her name. “Livi! Rylen!! How is everything there?!”
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Livi handed her horse’s reins along with the other two.She put her hood back on and followed the soldier who attached her Snowfire to the front row. As he left she stroked her horse’s face as she said “Lead them properly, my dear Snowfire” then she turned to look at the cart thinking how far her horse was from her. Two rows away and then sighed. She then saw Rylen and the soldier who was attaching the horses to the cart. She stared at them with a sour look on her face which isn’t visible because of her hood and the rain.

She let them handle the horses as she stayed near Snowfire while gently stroking his face. Her mind wandered at the rumor which had been circulating. A certain someone had been sending someone love letters whenever that someone was in the front lines. She could not believe it and just thought it was just some jealousy. It couldn’t have necessarily been love letters. Although during the ball, Rylen did leave with General Ileana.

It was always at the back of her mind on who was the one who got Rylen’s heart. She let him go so that he would come back to her on his own. However, he didn’t and there really was someone else. She never had a chance and it was even the general. Although inside she denies it. Thinking they were just friends or just a trusted subordinate. She shook her head as her thoughts wandered all over. It couldn’t be true.

Rianne was busy talking to Captain Brett then after a while she heard her inquiry. “They’re almost done with the preparations!” she shouted back at her. Standing near Snowfire she wished they could go back soon so she can go ask permission to visit her Uncle Lyall.
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Rylen couldn’t help but hunch slightly as the captain’s eyes lingered on him for a moment longer. He could also feel the gazes of the other soldiers on Captain Knox’s team.

They recognize him!

He resisted the urge to shuffle on his feet as a familiar heat started to crawl up his neck to his face. Rylen immediately pulled his hood back on, more to cover his darkening face than for protection from the rain. He sighed quietly as one soldier approached him to take the extra horse he was holding. The man was looking at him with an irritating knowing look on his face.

Rylen gritted his teeth. Well, this was his fault. But he’d like to sucker punch that scout at least once. This was also his fault.

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Rylen please help them and ensure that the horses are all okay.

Upon hearing Rianne’s command, Rylen quickly shuffled towards the front of the cart where the soldiers had attached the horses they’ve brought. He carefully avoided the other soldiers’ eyes as well as getting close to Livi as he checked the harnesses attached to the horses and the cart, looking for frays and checking the distance between horses, trying to see if they’d hit each other while moving.

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By the way Captain Knox is something of the matter? I couldn't help but notice something may be amiss. Is there a problem with my team?

Despite the sound of the storm, Rylen was able to hear Rianne’s query. He stilled from his task as he waited for the Captain’s response. Fortunately, the captain didn’t seem to be very interested in spreading his deeds with regards to Ileana and he couldn’t help but sigh in relief.

“Horses are all secured and ready!” Rylen called out to Rianne just as Livi spoke up. Rylen froze and glanced at her before quickly shuffling to the back of the cart, checking the ropes that secured the frozen demon to the cart.

He couldn’t wait to get this mission over with but alas they still had a few days to go to send this thing to the Facilities.
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      Rianne couldn't help but raise a questioning eyebrow at Rylen's behavior. Are those rumors really true... They've been this awkward? since the ball if I remember correctly. the blunette mused then sighed inwardly, He’s reminding me of Kiran being this jumpy...

     "Okay! Prepare to move out!" She hollered towards the two, and gave a distinct whistle after. As soon as Asche heard the whistle he came closer to the blunette and kneeled. The horse's head turned to look at his mistress, patiently waiting for her to get settled on his back.

     She gingerly climbed back on to Asche’s back. Careful not to hit him with her rapier on her way up. Seeing that the smaller creature was safely seated, the blue roan stood up tall and proud and while tapping the ground. "Yeah I'm up Asche!! Good boy..." she crooned as she gently rubbed his neck after giving a carrot she picked from one of the saddle bags. Asche pleased with his reward quickly ate the carrot.

     "I guess we're good to go?" Rianne turned to look at Captain Brett after seeing Livi and Rylen preparing. "Though I'd rather wish to have waited till the rain subsided and the horses had ample rest. But we can't hold you back returning to the front lines and we must deliver that..." she paused to look again at the horid face of their demon package.

     "to the Research Facility before the ice melts and that thing may become a rotten corpse on our way." she pensively added "It would be such a waste too lose a such a near intact specimen..."

     Rianne returned her gaze to Captain Brett and offered "By the way Captain would you like to send word to the base? We can deliver it on our way back, if you don't mind our detour."
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"Just focus on staying alive for a few missions and soon you'll be qualified to be called seasoned veteran!" Brett joked with a light laugh though he was being truthful. They've lost many a soldier, veteran and fresh ones alike, in just a mission or two so being a "seasoned veteran" didn't really mean much anymore. He himself had only been captain for a couple of months since the previous one had perished in battle.

Shaking his head, he stepped back when Rianne mounted her horse and called to move out. He grimaced slightly at the thought of the ice melting and even more at the thought of having to transport a rotting corpse instead. He knew how disgusting that can get especially since he’d done it a lot of times before though usually only with chopped up parts and not an intact corpse.

Though he felt a bit confident that the ice won’t be melting any time soon. It’s been weeks since they’ve discovered it and it has never showed signs of melting, even when put under the direct heat of the sun. The ice must indeed be magical and surely a work of General Amedea’s cursed weapon.

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By the way Captain would you like to send word to the base? We can deliver it on our way back, if you don't mind our detour.

“Ah! Now that you mention it...well, if you don’t mind, can you send word to Commander Earton back in Tylon base to send us more horses? We might be able to scavenge more demon corpse to send over though none as pristine as this one.” He gestured at the frozen demon with his head, “we also need two squads to add to our defenses. We just lost a few comrades while on patrol some time before we left so our defenses have some significant holes on it.” He sighed and bowed his head in remembrance. Hopefully there hadn’t been any major attacks. He was confident that there hadn’t been any since none of the scouts came after them. “The General won’t be due to be back for a couple more weeks as well so we need backup as soon as possible.”

Since pushing forward to Arcane Land, it had become more demanding to defend the base since they sought to recover the whole region. Arcane Land sits next to Dafentall Land which was crawling with demons of all types and that meant they had to put in more patrols in many sides just to ensure a full coverage.

Even with the General Amedea staying at the front more and more, it was still hard to keep full hold of the region with the demons having plenty of entry points to attack from.

“What else...? Oh, I'm not sure if you knew but...don't go through the outskirts of Geham to get to the Facilities. It's crawling with bandits and other unsavory individuals." Brett wrinkled his nose in disgust. Geham was now overpopulated and crimes had shot up in the last 4 years. Among the civilians, bandits from Eastern Altrus were also posturing as refugees and they had made the outskirts near the mines as their new base after losing Dafentall. Normally, the soldiers would immediately disband them but...now that their forces are all stretched out, they had to choose which enemy to fight. Demons or bandits?

Demons naturally won in the battle of priorities.

"Well, that’s it! I bid you all a safe journey! May Astreus guide you!” Brett said, saluting briefly and then gestured for his men to move out. He mounted his own horse and with a final nod to Rianne, urged his horse to start moving back to their camp.

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      “Noted Captain Knox. I’ll inform Commander Earton.” Rianne nodded before giving a salute to the captain as she watched him and his men move. "Thank you for everything!"

     She kept massaging Asche’s neck, she couldn’t help but feel quite bothered at his current behavior. The steed was always calm, but the way it kept watching her as she climb up to him was odd. Usually Asche, waited for her to pat him signaling that she was up before he checked she was actually there.

     And she was sure the way he tapped his front legs wasn’t excitement for a treat, especially not for a carrot. Asche loved apples not carrots, even though he wasn't a picky eater. Over the past months she bonded with the steed, she had familiarize herself with his antics as she taught him tricks, and this was the first she seen him all worked up with aggression.

     “For all your calmness during our time together you got me all wrong Asche, seems you can be to be quite aggressive... but I wonder why…” she quietly murmured as she looked at her horse. And pulled in the reigns and directed him to go closer to the other horses “Anyway, I’ll trust you. Let’s be alert.”

     If one thing she's learned from animals is that they have stronger senses than humans. They were more intune with nature than humans, so if her horse senses something then theres something. Oh Lantis Oh Diraven. please let as pass that bridge and coastline safely. she prayed.

     "Let's go as well?" Rianne called out. She still can't shake off the chill she was feeling. So she pulled up her scarf and pulled down her hood. She kept tapping her fingers around the handle of her rapier, as she tried to clear her mind. She kept staring at the iced demon as she waited for the cart to move.

     That thing is heavy... Rianne inwardly sighed This journey back will take a while longer... she raised an eyebrow as she felt Asche started moving and was walking away from the horses and was moving towards the direction of the bridge. "Can't wait to go back home too Asche? Or you just wanna say your the lead horse of the group" the blunette playfully said, the horse neighed loudly in response. you've gotten weird Asche.

     "Anyway guys let's go, Asche wants to leave pronto!" Rianne called out as she looked back to Livi and Rylen.

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Livi went to the driver’s seat after Rylen and the soldier finished with the horses. The thought about demons had been pushed at the back of her mind as her thoughts was filled with him. She almost forgot the reason why she joined the Training Order for. To kill demons. As she climbed up the seat, she got a closer view of the demon encased in ice.

She glared at it and gritted her teeth. Memories of the time she and her parents were attacked by demons. Her father’s bravery and her mother’s sacrifice. Waves of anger rushed within her but she kept still. Her arm was shaking as she held one of the straps of her greatsword. She unfastened it then as it slid, she held the greatsword in her left hand and held the handle with her right as if about to unsheathe it.

Before she could continue she heard Rianne’s urging to go. So she only coldly harrumphed and took her seat while settling her greatsword down. Letting it lay down just behind her feet.

It was cold and her clothes under the cloak that are soaked through only added more. She shivered as she held the reins. Complicated feelings welled up from within. Grief from their breakup. Hate for the demons. Added to that coldness from the storm. She kept herself in check since this was an official mission. They had to deliver the demon corpse to the Research Facility.

She held the reins with both hands and a driving whip on her right. She then shouted “Walk!” getting the horse to start moving. After getting the rhythm, she used her whip and yelled “Trot!” to pick up the pace. Her mind focused on the horses and the road.
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Upon seeing the captain and his men leaving, Rylen immediately turned to his horse and rubbed its snout when he saw it eyeing the demon with a wild look in its eyes. “It’s alright, Sunny.” Rylen soothed, “it’s already dead...” He glanced at the demon’s form encased in ice again and wondered just how Ileana missed seeing it.

Or maybe she saw it but decided it’s already dead? If he recalled correctly, Balshars have lava like blood so wounding one is also quite dangerous especially for close range combatants.

He shivered at the thought of Ileana getting doused by its blood. Though she had assured him on one of her night visits that her weapon keeps her spotless clean after every battle by freezing everything it comes into contact with but...he still worries.

Shaking his head, Rylen dug into his saddlebag and grabbed an apple, holding it up for his horse to see. Unable to resist the treat, the stallion immediately took it into its mouth with a single bite. Rylen laughed at his horse’s greediness and patted its neck before mounting.

He heard Rianne’s call to move and he silently urge Sunny to follow after the cart, all the while praying to all divine beings listening to keep their journey as uneventful as possible...
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45 Minutes Later...

“Damn storm!” A gruff voice cursed through the sound of the storm. “Are we even sure about this? Are we prepared to fight these so called special soldiers?”

“Quit whining!” A woman’s scratchy voice answered. “There’s 15 of us and only 3 of them!” The sounds of people agreeing echoed the woman’s statement.

They had received reports of a fully intact demon corpse recovered from the front lines then being sent over to the Facilities. They haven’t got any idea when exactly it would be passed over the bridge though so they waited and waited for weeks.

Then they heard that three of the special soldiers had come in Tylon to get more horses and figured they must be the team sent to retrieve the remains.

The bandits couldn’t believe their luck! Only three people! If they managed to defeat them, they’ll be able to take the package and send it back to their base in the outskirts of Geham instead.

They’ll be able to discover the secrets of the nobles...how they created such powerful weapons…

Even demons won’t be danger to them anymore, once they get their hands on their very own special weapons!

Once the three had entered the bridge, they had gathered enough men, making extra sure to get as many as they can for they heard that these special soldiers were very skilled fighters. Then they followed behind a few miles away in order to remain undetected.

Now they waited in the center of the bridge, figuring that the chances of the soldiers escaping would be none if they were still relatively far from the end.

“Sh! Quiet down! I think I see them!” Their watchman announced.

“Shoot them!” The woman ordered, knowing that if they were within visible range then the same could be said for them. Better to land the first hit.

She heard the sound of arrows being released by their bowmen, hearing some of them curse as their arrows got blown off-course. But a few arrows hit home as the horses pulling the cart reared back in alarm or pain.

“Prepare for battle, men! We have a demon corpse to steal!” The woman said, drawing her sword. Failure was not an option.

---at the Unknown Entity---

Humans fighting amongst themselves? This was even better.

Perhaps it could just kill them all now and then lay waste to everything beyond this bridge…

The ice started to faded away...
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