Sukira laughed as one of her beloved Chocobos nuzzled her cheek. She loved raising her chocobos here in her quiet farming town of Damarel. The only real excitement in the town was caused, usually, by her and her parent's. They owned quite a big chocobo farm. They owned about 50 or so Chocobos, each one cared for individually, usually because every spring, the government's army usually paid them a visit and took all the young, strong chocobo's that had been born that year and give them to their army superiors. Well, bought, not took. That's how they stayed in business and how they were able to keep their family afloat was the army's massive chocobo buyout every spring. Although, her favorite one was also the one that raced the fastest in the chocobo races they held once a week and the one she was never going to hand over to the army. This chocobo's name was Areya. She was a beautiful bright yellow, her feathers shiny when in the sun. All the chocobos were fed a special diet to keep their health optimal, but Sukira always fed Areya an apple or two, maybe three a week. That helped her energy for the races. Since she started feeding her apples, that helped Areya maintain her speed throughout a race. Patting Areya's head, she laughed when Areya nuzzled her cheek. "My friend, I won't let the army take you away. You are my friend and I won't let anything bad happen to you!" Areya let out a happy squeal, nuzzling her some more. Just as she held out her hand with Areya's favorite treat, she heard a cry from the townsfolk. "The Army has arrived!" It was spring again and the chocobos that had been born were now big enough and strong enough to carry riders. She gave the apple to Areya and headed out to meet the army along with her father and mother who were waiting already at the front of their house. Behind an army admiral who already owned a chocobo that was long ago raised by them were 20 strong looking Soldiers. "Welcome, Admiral Barock. Good to see you and your chocobo doing well!" He dismounted his chocobo and shook Sukira's father's hand. "Glad to see your still raising fine Chocobo. I hope you have about 20 strong ones I can buy off of ya." Her dad nodded. "Indeed we do. Please allow your soldiers to follow my daughters to the stables where the young ones are kept" Sukira smiled a fake smile. She wasn't too fond of the army, but she did have them to thank for supporting their chocobo farm every year. She motioned them to follow her. "This way Admiral. Bring your troops. But let me tell your troops what my father told you before you found your chocobo. Ok?" The Admiral nodded. "A chocobo is a very faithful companion and will be a smooth ride the rest of your life if you treat them with respect. Before you just pick one from among the youngsters, make sure you choose one that you feel will respect you and you it. So just go up to their beaks slowly with hand extended. If they move their head up to have their beak meet your hand, that means they accept you and as you come to ride it, they will respect that you are the rider. Understood? Going up to fast to them will spook them so do so carefully! Now follow me!" She started walking towards the barn with the young chocobos.