Nothing seemed wrong. The Imperial City was growing economically, due to new trade routes with other nations. The Royal Family was well guarded with soldiers in the hundreds. Most of the peasants had even been living better than usual due to the economic growth. However, at the edge of the city, a beast was lurking. A beast of much strength and wit was there, but if one looked, they would only find a beautiful maiden. She stood with her back to the mountains of the east, holding a basket of fruit. Several plants bore fruit during this late summer season, when the difference of day and night temperatures were slight. The maiden smiled to herself and entered the city. It wasn't difficult to get the Guard of the Gate to believe she had lived there all of her life. After all, she had been spying on the city while in an invisible form, though she hadn't been here in a few weeks. Her strength had been saved, and was now being consumed. Her feet gracefully moved across the ground. The maiden was searching for someone. Her eyes roved as she progressed through the streets to the center. He would be there.