The late day sun beat down on Loria as she trudged through the forest. Her latest target, a dark dragon that many had apparently sighted a bit too close to the nearest city, hadn't chosen to reveal himself to her just yet. Crawling over a large log, the black haired girl kept on guard. Her sword sat in its scabbard, waiting for its master to pull it out, bathing it in dragon blood. Pausing at a rustle, Loria looked through the surrounding area before continuing her journey to find the dragon. The reward on the thing was a good 9,000 gold, so whoever put out the sightings really wanted this thing dead for whatever reason. Wiping the sweat off of her brow, Loria pulled her cloak closer around her shoulders. It provided a bit of a safety blanket for the young woman. Sure, she had been hunting dragons for quite a few years now, but this was her first S-classed dragon. Supposedly this thing had taken out at least ten different hunters before getting to this area. That was cause for huge alarm. If the mindless beast was strong enough to take out that many hunters then the odds seemed slim to none for survival. However, the pay was good and one less dragon in the land could really help the peoples. Loria took a deep breath before continuing on. She was nearing the last siting spot. She just had to look for the telltale signs. Sure enough, scorch marks and broken trees started to litter the paths in front of her. This was it. She just had to kill the creature. A flash of black caught Loria's attention. Quickly ducking, she hid behind a large broken log before glancing over the bark. There it was, sitting there like it owned the place. The dark skinned woman had to scoff. As if they could truly act like that with how much destruction it caused. Slowly, carefully, she pulled her gleaming blade out of its sheath. She just needed to get the jump and the rest would follow suite. Loria sidled out of her hiding spot, taking her shield off of her back to protect herself from the flames.