OOC Blood soaked the killing field just yards away from where Captain Lashita was standing. The older woman carried naked steel in her hand. Her grey eyes surveyed the field dispassionately. Next to her stood her mount, a dragon named Ash. It was an Alitium dragon, large enough to carry the small woman in battle and over short distances. Currently it was happily munching on a bush of some sort. Lashita brushed at a stray hair that flickered over her face in the lazy wind. On the field before her walked soldiers. They were from both the Empire and the Kingdom. Despite the Kingdom's hatred for Myst and the fact that they had won this battle, they couldn't completely wipe out the other side in good conscious. They'd send home the defeated warriors to Myst and let the Empire dole at their punishment. For these men wouldn't be seen on the field of battle again. The Emperor didn't tolerate failure. Especially not towards the Kingdom. "Captain." Lashita turned at the sound of her title. One of the boy squires had a letter clutched in his hands. Lashita took it from him without a word and the boy ran off. The younger ones were always afraid of her. Rumors of her ran around camp like wildfire. Only her longest friends knew the truth. And those who served in the Dragon Knights were fiercely loyal to her. Lashita took care of what was hers and the Dragon Knights were hers. Lashita sheathed her blade. The warrior slid a slender finger under the seal and opened the letter. It was simple in it's wording, but the meaning far more complex. They have Gathered. With a small motion Ash turned his head and Lashita dropped the letter. The dragon burned it to a crisp even before it hit the ground. Not that she watched. Instead she was already mounted and by the time Ashe was finished they were both ready to take off to the skies. The meeting place was still a good three hours off. But she was prepared for the ride. Had been prepared for days since she had talked to the King. Lashita had been summoned almost a week ago by the King. In secret he had told her his plans and what she must do. In secret they conspired on how to defeat the Empire once and for all. At the end of the day five letters had flown clutched in the talons of small dragons. Five days for the chosen to gather. Now it was her turn. To the North West of the Mountains, by the sea, laid a small monastery of Nadim and his wife. A secret place that they could meet. Lashita gave Ash his head and he rose higher into the frigid air. Time passed swiftly for she was used to this sort of travel. During the interm she recalled what the king had said about her soon to be travelling companions and allies. A mountain man, a defector from Myst, a mermaid, a bookworm, and an experiment gone wrong. Hell of a group. But the King had said they were loyal and that was good enough for Lashita. (Even if she wouldn't give 100 percent of her trust to them.) The Monastery was stout. perched next to the ocean. Some of it even looked like it went into the ocean, which made sense. The wood was weathered and tared to keep it sealed against the elements. Lashita left the dragon in a small dip next to the monastery. She rung a small bell attached to the weathered wood and waited. Soon a small girl, probably about twelve, appeared. She was covered in blue robes and some blue paint on her face. "Greetings." The girl said with a small bow. Lashita returned the bow. "Greetings little one." She straightened. "I am here on errand." Lashita watched the girl bob her head. As the girl did so Lashita noticed a mark on the girl's neck. The Captain reached out but the girl back away hurriedly. "Right. You're the last one to show. Everyone's this way." And off the girl skipped down the small corridor to another door. This one she pushed open and gestured for Lashita to enter. Lashita looked down at the girl once more, the bruise covered, but the woman would remember.