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PostSubject: An Unlikely Alliance   20/3/2017, 20:55

The Sun was slowly rising from the East, gradually shedding light on the Ylissean army's encampment, and while many of its soldiers had risen to get a start on the new day, it appeared the many more were still asleep in their tents. Chrom had led the army up into Ferrox territory after having traveled for weeks on end, and it seemed that only now were they allowed to recover and rest up before the start of their next journey. One soldier in particular however, was unwavering in her duties; she had woken up long before the sun showed on the horizon and sat on a tree stump just outside a large tent as she busied herself with adjusting her armor and sharpening her axe. Her brunette hair was half tied back, half falling over her shoulders, and scars adorned her body from all the battles she partook in during her 15 years of service to the Ylissean army.

Once she finished with her axe, the lady returned it to her belt and turned to the tent behind her. "Cian? This is Captain Ayda, it's time to begin our assignment. We'll be meeting with the rest of our team here shortly. Please prepare quickly, so as not to leave them waiting." She paused for a moment until she heard some form of response from the tent. It was possible that this new recruit might have tried to escape during the night, so if she heard no response, she would have no choice but to enter and make sure he was there. If he wasn't, well, she was positive he couldn't have gotten far without someone noticing. She'd track him down within the hour.

Though that didn't seem necessary, as she heard the man mumble something in response from within the tent, so with a self-assured nod, she turned her back to the tent and waited patiently for him to join her outside. They still had a fair bit of time before they had to meet up with the rest of the team, so Ayda was in no rush.
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PostSubject: Re: An Unlikely Alliance   21/3/2017, 03:07

The sound of the waking camp roused Cian from his sleep. It took him a moment to remember where was, as it often did these days. The walls of a drab grey tent surrounded him, small and cramped with his pack and gear. There were no other people in it, as he was used to. Just him, and the presence of someone just outside that he could never quite forget about.

He sighed and sat up in his bedroll, pushing a sleep tangled lock of hair out of his face. Today was a new day. Today he would gain someones trust.

That was the mantra Cian had repeated for the last week. So far he had only succeeded once, and tenuously at that. He supposed it was mostly his own fault - he had lied about who he was right up to the point where it was revealed by someone else. If that wasn’t enough, he had lied about where he was from, and right now being a Plegian inside of a Ylissean camp was among the least desirable and most dangerous things to be.

From behind the tent flap he heard the voice of the woman who had led him here the night before. He called out a quick response, letting her know he was up and almost ready to go.

Putting aside his pile of problems, Cian started to get dressed. After his casual clothes were on he started with his armor, strapping the pieces on with care. Another problem was added to his day when he couldn’t find one of his bracers. He checked under his bed roll, and in all the pouches of his pack. It was simply missing.

He sighed and let it go. This wasn’t the first time this week he had woken up to something of his gone. It had taken him two hours and a lot of pleading and assurance before his sword had been returned just two days ago.
Standing in front of the flap, Cian took one last glance around, then stepped outside.

“Sorry for the delay, Captain Ayda,” he said, spotting her sitting nearby polishing her axe. He tried out a small smile as he walked over. “I couldn’t find my left bracer.”
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PostSubject: Re: An Unlikely Alliance   23/3/2017, 05:58

"You've lost your bracer? And you looked everywhere for it?" Ayda replied thoughtfully, considering it for a moment. It was no secret that Cian was the least favored around the camp lately, so it came to no surprise to Ayda that some of the soldiers had decided to make things difficult for him. "Well, in any case, perhaps we'll find it on our way to meet up with the rest of the team. Let's be off." She knew which soldiers had taken watch over Cian's tent throughout the night, and a few of them were quite a tight knit group during their off-time. If anyone was giving Cian a hard time, those guys were the most likely of candidates.

Captain Ayda gave a curt nod before leading the way through their encampment, passing by the armory, the infirmary, and heading all the way to the barracks on the other side of camp. Cian was given little information about their mission, so he likely would be unaware of Ayda's little detour until they met up with the men who kept watch on him the previous night. Without hesitation, she stepped into the shelter of the large tent and glanced around. She spotted two of the men she was searching for on the far side of the room and strode across to meet them, expecting Cian to keep up with her the whole way.

"Robert, Nicholas. Cian here has informed me that he is missing a left bracer. I was wondering if either of you might have seen it." The question was innocent enough, but given the pointed looks on their faces as they glanced to Cian over her shoulder, it was clear that they knew something. And the longer they waited to respond, the shorter Ayda's patience became.

"We are departing on an important mission today, and just the smallest hiccup could cost us unnecessary casualties. If there's anything you two are not telling me-"

"Whoa whoa there Ayda, simmer down." One of the soldiers, a lanky man with black hair spoke up, "Look, we don't want any trouble alright? It's under Tor's bed over there. You didn't hear it from me alright? We had nothing to do with it."

Ayda gave a curt nod and a "Thank you, gentlemen," before turning to look under the bed they had pointed out. Sure enough, there was an iron bracer that matched Cian's Ylissean army distributed gear, and once he confirmed that it was his, she handed it to him and led the way back out of the barracks, giving the two soldiers a curt nod on the way out.

"Glad to have that sorted. Now, the spot where we're meeting the others is this way." She pointed Eastward, and glanced back over her shoulder to make sure Cian was keeping up. She led him to a clearing near the army's training grounds, though no one else seemed to have arrived yet. She walked over and glanced at the sunrise to get a sense of what time it was.

"Excellent. I made sure we were early, just in case there were any mishaps." Though Ayda had been thinking more along the lines of Cian resisting or trying to escape, not so much with other soldiers causing him trouble. Still, she was glad to have carved out the extra time, as now the rest of their mission would not be delayed.

For about 10 minutes, the two of them stood in silence as Ayda looked over the camp with her arms crossed and her feet spread apart. The first member of their team to arrive was a burly man with graying hair, covered in far more battlescars than Captain Ayda, and apparently much older. He was clad in medium armor, and wielded a sword and shield. As he approached, though Captain Ayda was the one in charge of this venture, she gave a respectful salute, to which he returned the gesture.

"Good morning, Lt. Rolf."

"Goodmorning." He glanced over at Cian with a stern expression, "Is this the Plegian boy?"

"Yes, his name is Cian." Ayda gave a curt nod of acknowledgment to both Rolf and Cian.

Rolf let out a short huff before holding his hand out to Cian, "Well, so long as you don't stab us in the back, we shouldn't have any problems."
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PostSubject: Re: An Unlikely Alliance   24/3/2017, 04:59

Cian knew better than to tell Ayda he suspected members of the camp for taking his bracers. She must have had the idea herself, though, as she led him into a tent some ways away occupied by a handful of soldiers. After a few brief words she found his missing armor, and they were on their way as if nothing had happened.

Expect that is had, and now Cian would likely have to deal with worse things than missing pieces of armor. Like getting a swift kick to the gut when he entered his tent at night.

They reached the meeting spot soon enough; a clearing near the training grounds, some loose and forgotten equipment scattered nearby. Ayda did not have anything to say after stating that they were early, and Cian thought it best to let her do her thinking and not interrupt.

Instead he looked around what part of the camp he could see, counting the tents and fires. It was a force of habit. His many years of serving in the Plegian army had taught him to always take stock of the enemy as well as his own forces. What Cian could do with this information was limited, but he let his eyes roam over the camp anyway, for lack of anything else to do.

After a short while an older man approached, clad in armor and weaponry. His face was unfamiliar to Cian, as was nearly everyones in this camp, let alone this country. He listened as he and Ayda greeted each other, then turned to him.

“I don’t intend on betraying any of you,” Cian answered Rolf’s loaded greeting, his voice even and calm. He was almost used to this by now - the way every new person he met treated him with cold mistrust. “I’m here to aid the army and do as I’m told. I won’t give you any more reasons to expect me of sabotage, I swear that.”

While Cian spoke he noticed movement out of the corner of his eyes. When he was finished he turned to see what had caused it, looking towards the edge of the clearing.

A young man was standing nearby, watching them with a bored expression. Cian thought he couldn’t be older than sixteen; certainly not old enough to join and fight in the army. Maybe he was a nobles son or a member of a family of merchants stopping by. Clearly he was lost if he had made it to their out of the way meeting spot.

Cian waited for Ayda to politely turn him away when he spoke, his voice as bored as his expression.

“Are one of you Captain Ayda?”
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PostSubject: Re: An Unlikely Alliance   27/7/2017, 03:55

"Good." Rolf simply gave a curt nod as he then glanced towards Ayda with a stern expression and crossed arms. "So who else are we expecting on the team?"

"Well, sir-"

"You're in charge here Ayda, you don't have to address me like that."

"Right." Ayda gave a curt nod and drew a quick breath, "We're waiting on two more squad members, they should be here soon."

Once she noticed Cian's attention move elsewhere, Captain Ayda followed his gaze to see a young man with pink hair standing beside the nearby tree. She offered a polite smile and a curt nod, "Yes, that would be me. You must be Nyn, correct? Thank you for coming. Now we're just waiting on one more person."

"I'm here."

Ayda turned to see a hooded woman approach from the camp. The woman removed her hood before speaking, "I had to deliver a message from the Khans to your Tactician, Robin. Sorry for the delay, I've only just arrived this morning."

"Of course. Jaelyn, was it? Now that we're all here we should set out immediately." She glanced around at the group, each member of the group equally unique from the rest; it was an odd gathering to be sure, but Ayda trusted their tactician had good reason. "We're to scout the hillside West of here, and we need to travel lightly, so we'll be only be taking a few horses- any more than that would simply draw attention to ourselves. Let's move out!"

Ayda cast a short glance and curt nod to Jaelyn before leading the way to the stables. While the rest of the group had been given little information about the mission beforehand, apart from it being a simple scouting mission, Ayda had been given fairly specific instructions to report back how the team cooperated with one another. It was clear that Robin was trying to put together a small squad consisting of all their allied forces, but she couldn't be sure for what purpose beyond that.

Jaelyn gave a short bow to Ayda in return for the gesture before slipping her hood back up over her short red hair. As the group continued on through the camp and towards the stables, Jaelyn followed closely behind with her gaze calmly fixed on the back of Cian's head.
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PostSubject: Re: An Unlikely Alliance   29/7/2017, 21:54

Cian looked over at the pink haired boy again as Captain Ayda spoke to him like he was one of the members of their little group. He realized with a bit of surprise that that was exactly what he was, despite his appearance. This truly was an odd country, he thought to himself, to let near children participate in military matters. But maybe was wrong; he’d been wrong about so many things in his life before.

His attention was drawn again to Ayda as she welcomed the last member of their group. He immediately felt a sense of unease as he watched the hooded figure move and speak. Something seemed dangerous about her, even in this brightly lit clearing, like she took the shadows with her wherever she went. He fought off a shiver that threatened to race down his spine, and stood up straighter.

When Ayda gave the order to move out towards the stables Cian set to motion without hesitation or delay. He tired to ignore the feeling of someone’s eyes on the back of his head, chosing instead to focus on keeping a steady and even pace.

The walk through camp was winding and longer than expected, and by the time they reached the stables Nyn was already regretting agreeing to join this expedition. It was hot out, and it was still early in the day. Plus the armored man kept giving him a weird look. Maybe he should bare his teeth or something. Scare him a bit.

“Are we riding horses the whole way?” he asked Ayda, falling into step with her easily. They were outside the stables now, and already the stink of the horses and the damp hay was making him sick.

“Horses and I don’t get along very well,” he added dryly. “Its a species thing.”
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