Campsites has been set up in a large clearing in the middle of the South Breezin forest, as the Iron Vanguard took up camp for the night. Kain still in his armor and cloak climbed up on a small stage, "People!" he shouted over the crowd as they all quieted down. "With our mission over we will be home in the next day, but for now we can have a true celebration. Break out the barrels of wine tonight we drink!" The soldiers all let out a cheer as some of them broke out into songs.
Eros was leaning against a pole laughing softly at Kain as Meridath passed by, "Hey Eros, follow me."
"Hmm? Meridath where are you going?" the mage asked.
"Shhh just close your eyes and trust me." she giggled as she took the young man's hand and began to lead him away from the camp.
Kain was climbing down when he saw this and laughed a little to himself, a young solider came running up. "Commander you have to join us!"
The Commander nodded, "Alright fetch me a goblet, I will join in with you all."
The noise of the army became more and more quiet as the mage was pulled into the forest around the clearing. Meridath came to a stop, "Now keep your eyes closed Eros and no peeking until I say so."
Meridath was letting out a soft hum as she began to remove her leather chest piece, leg armor, and finally her fingerless gauntlets. Setting her armor all together she was now only in her undershirt and pants. "Eros....open your eyes."
His eyes opened and saw before him the orange hair noble girl was twisting her hair as she leaned against the tree. "So Eros what do you think?"
Eros was stumbling on his words as he stared at her, "You look amazing even outside of your armor."
Meridath giggled softly as she walked towards him, reaching up she took his hood and lowered looking into Eros' green eyes. "I have always loved those eyes of yours." Eros found himself blushing as Meridath brush the bangs of his hair from his eyes and leaned in close as if to kiss him but she stopped inches from his lips. "Not yet, first we need to get wet."
Eros looked out and could see now where he was lead to a small pond in the middle of the forest, he retrieved a small book from a pouch on the back of his belt and opened it. He raised his right hand and moved it around as some of the flowers around the lake and inside it began to emit light. Meridath smiled as she walked passed him rubbing his chin revealing that she removed the rest of her clothing as she slowly slides into the water.
"Meridath?! Your not wearing underwear!" the mage mumbled nervously.
"Of course I'm not Eros, I don't want to get my bra or panties wet." She laughed gently as she raises her index finger and signal for him to come in the water.
Kain was smiling as he and a bunch of the soldiers were singing a joyful tune, most of the soldiers were drunk by now not being able to hold their wine well. Kain on the other hand had only had one drink, he had no plans on getting drunk when they still had to march home tomorrow. Two other sober soldiers approached the Commander a small man behind them.
"Commander this man has requested a meeting with you."
Kain turned and saw the strange looking man. He was wearing a top hat, a glass device that had strange switches on them, and he was wearing a suit of sorts. "Uhh. What can I do for you?" he questioned.
"Please sir can we talk about this in private?" the man asked in a hushed tone.
The two men walked to the edge of the camp, Kain never taking his eyes of off the stranger. "Now...what is it you want?"
"I need your help Commander Ironguard. I am Eugene Montague Esquire the III, the famous Alchemist."
Kain looked at Eugene dumbfounded. "Never heard of you."
"Well I will excuse that, but I need something from you and I am willing to offer my services as an Alchemist to the Queen's army if you help me." the man replied.
"Alright, what do you need?"
"Well its quite simple, a small group of bandits robbed me. I just happen to know that they are traveling near by in hopes of avoiding anyone who would try to stop them, lucky for me that you just happened to be in the area." the Alchemist informed Kain.
Kain looked back to the camp and shook his head. "Looks like I made a bad call, well Eugene you are coming with."
"What?! No I do not fight." he shouted.
"You want what was taken back then come." Kain ordered as he pushed the guy forward.
Kain and Eugene were pushed up behind a tree hearing voices come towards them, reaching back Kain handed Eugene a short knife. "Just in case."
The voices became clear as they came close soon five people were revealed on the path, each step made it clear that one of them was a prisoner. A girl, light brown hair. Still in her leather armor. Ropes held her wrists together behind her back, a second rope securing her elbows tightly together, and finally a rope just under her breasts. A rope was tied to that and in one of the bandits hands. A cloth was tied behind her lips completely stopping her from shouting to alert other to their presents and a strange silver collar was around her neck with markings engraved in it.
That all stood out to Kain but what really made him confused were her eyes, her right eye was a normal green, but her left almost had a golden tint to it. Eugene looked almost in fear, "No not her!" he shouted and then covering his mouth.
"OH! Come out 'ere now!" The one holding the leash ordered.
Kain stepped out his cloak blowing in the light breeze. "I will give you one chance let her go and return whatever you stole from Eugene!"
The bandits all looked at each other and exploded in laughter. "Ahahaha! This one really 'ad me going there! You think you can 'andle the Black March?"
Kain held up one finger and raised his left arm exposing his kite shield. "I've run the Black March off before, this time I will not be so kind."
"So you are a tough guy eh? You 'eard 'im boys 'e isn't going to be nice to us, we better return the favor." the leader of the group snorted again.
All three men charged, Kain didn't move, his hand just on the hilt of his longsword, the first man reached him and swung a hand axe at him. Kain didn't give him an opening as he slammed his shield into the axe exposing the mans front. Using his Right hand he partly drew out his sword, striking the guy in the center of mass with the hilt and kicking him aside. Fully drawing out his sword now the next man ran at him with a sword as well. Kain blocked with him shield. He then closed the distance and slapped the man across his face with the shield knocking him to the side. The third was on Kain fast, to avoid the impact of the man's mace he dropped his Kite Shield and rolled to the side. Placing both of his hands on the hilt he readied himself. The man swung for Kain's head, but he ducked under the blow. Now that the man had shifted his weight Kain rushed forward and tackled the man to the ground and stuck him with his gauntlet covered hand.
Getting off the man he looked at their leader, he knee'd down and gripped his shield. "Your turn."
"Really now, alright boy..... 'ere I come."
Eros and Meridath were laying on the ground together, hand in hand after their sexual encounter. Their clothes back on as Eros turned and looked at her, "How did I get lucky enough to end up with you Meridath?"
The archer laughed softly, "Luck didn't have anything to do with it Eros, while training with my father I always saw you working so hard to master your magic. It was while watching you as we grew up that I finally figured out that it wasn't your magic I was watching....it was you."
Eros smiled softly as he leaned in and kissed the noble girl gentle, "I will be here for you Meridath Westfield."
"And I will be here for you Eros Rook."
A flock of bird flew from the trees near by as the two of them got up quickly, "Should we check that out?"
The bandit's leader walked the tied up girl to a tree and secured her to it, he cracked his knuckles before he reached behind him and removed two curved daggers. "You will die from this young little things weapons." the man laughed as he stepped closer.
The bandit quickly slashed at Kain forcing him to jump back. The bandit didn't give him a second as he closed the distance and stabbed at him with both daggers, Kain lifted his shield and blocked them both as he swung with his sword just missing the man's legs. Using his miss and the man leaping up to avoid his blade, Kain dropped his sword and tackled the man as he began to punch the man over and over again.
"The Black March....has fallen!" Kain shouted striking him once more as he elbowed his nose.
"Kain! You okay?!" Eros shouted as he and Meridath rushed towards him.
"Yeah just a few bandits, Eros can you call up Redger? We will need the help carrying them back to camp?" Kain asked as he got off the bandit the women's daggers in his hands and walked towards the girl.
Eros slammed his staff against the ground and lifted his hand as rocks began to form together. "Master Eros....you called?" The large Golem spoke.
"Yes Redger, we need your strength to take this bandits back to camp to face their crimes." Eros answered.
"I will do as you ask." Redger replied softly as his large hands began to lift them up one at a time to carry them.
Meridath keeps her bow trained on the bandits just in case.
Kain walked towards the young lady who didn't take her eyes off of the young Commander. "Don't worry let me cut you free."
"KAIN STOP!" Eugene yelled as he stared at the women. "Do not set that thing free....it isn't human."
"What are you talking about?!" Kain asked turning to Eugene.
"Look at the rope, there is a small amount of silver wrapped around it and the silver collar? Its to stop her from being able to transform into a werewolf!" Eugene yelled.
Atop a rocky hill a lone red dragon was resting next to a small hut, it's tail resting in a small river. Inside the hut a sickly man laid in bed and a female sat next to it, the old mans eyes wrapped in bandages as he raised his hand. "Telsha...the time has come. Your destiny is your to control my daughter, but you must remember....Kain Ironguard must live."
The fiery red hair women gripped her fathers hand, "I know father...I will make you proud."
"Please Telsha....send in your mother." her father requested.
"Yes father." she said as she walked outside. "Mother."
The dragon's eyes opened as a blinding light encircled the dragon until it was gone and a women in a high classed robe was standing there. "Its time isn't it."
Telsha nodded her head.
Telsha's mother placed a hand on her head and hugged her gentle, "Take pleasure in the time we had with your father." She released her daughter and entered the hut.
Telsha waited and gathered all of her stuff from the chest near by. She looked over everything, her armor made of scales given to her by her mother, placing on the gauntlets she created a flame in her hand. Her mother had walked outside and placed a hand on her shoulder, "It's time to grant his last request. Are you ready my daughter."
The half dragon nodded as the light encircled her again as Telsha's mother reverted back to her normal form. Telsha had gotten her armor on and climbed up on her mothers back. The red dragon looked at the hut one last time as she puffed a small stream of fire lighting the hut ablaze. She then extended her wings and took off into the sky. Telsha and her mother both know that Telsha's father said both of their destinies started at the Temple of Azu and that was where they were off to.