Alyssa let out a pained groan, her head throbbed in pain and she felt something warm trickling down the side of her head, without a doubt some form of liquid, her ears were still ringing after the explosion in the house where she used to live and where her parents were, yet she was too disoriented to try and sit up. Her body was aching and she could feel that she was lying on her back on something warm, possibly a bed, but it wasn’t her own. She couldn’t remember anything of what had happened and she couldn’t even open her eyes as her head ached so much. “By the gods, she’s beginning to wake up!” She heard a voice call out, it was someone who sat by her side and Alyssa weakly turned her head in the direction of where she had heard the voice. “Quickly, Jack! Make yourself useful and go fetch some water!” The voice said and the next thing Alyssa heard were footsteps of someone hurrying out of the room where she was lying. “Don’t you worry little lady, we’ll have you up and going by tomorrow. You were lucky to survive the explosion. The glass that shattered was a really nasty rain upon you but don’t be alarmed. You are a lucky one as you have no permanent damage from the incident.” The voice said to Alyssa and she could feel that the person stroked some of her ashen colored hair from her face. She wasn’t old, in fact, she was only fifteen summers and she had some freckles on her nose. She was rather short for her age so many mistook her for younger then she actually was. “Explosion…?” She thought to herself and her eyes then shot open as she remembered. She had been in an explosion, the house had suddenly burst into flames and the windows and glasses had shattered, raining over her and her parents. She quickly looked around and the man that had been speaking to her placed a hand on her chest as she sat up rather swiftly in the bed and for a split second, Alyssa felt as if the whole world around her was spinning far too fast. “Careful young one! You may not have permanent damage, but if you continue like that, then you might receive internal bleeding.” He said and Alyssa quickly turned her head in his direction. “My parents! Where are they?!” She asked and she looked at the man with a distraught expression, fearing that she already knew the answer. The man shuffled a bit in an uncomfortable manner in his seat at the question and he sighed heavily as he leaned forward while twining his fingers together, his mouth resting against the sides of his hands while his thumbs kept up his chin and his elbows were resting on his knees. “I’m afraid that your parents are no longer with us, young one. They passed away in the fire.” He said and he gave out another heavy sigh. Alyssa sat there in complete shock, she couldn’t believe it; no, that wasn't it, she didn’t want to believe it. Her parents weren’t dead, he must be mistaken, there’s no way that her parents could have been murdered, they had never done any harm to anyone. She sat in the bed, lost in thoughts and as she came more and more to the realization that her parents were truly gone forever, she felt the tears build up in her eyes and she began to sob before she full out started to cry her heart out. The man shut his eyes and he frowned, but not because he was annoyed, but rather because he felt sorry for Alyssa, to have lost her parents at such a young age. Her body trembled and she let out a sad and devastated scream to let out some of the pain that was building up inside of her chest and she shook her head while she cried and whimpered. The man eventually leaned forward and embraced her tightly as she cried into his chest and Alyssa clenched her hands on the man’s tabard. He was wearing silver armor with a white and red tabard and he had a long red cloak on his back. He was a knight of the Silver Dragon, a holy order which had been preserving peace and prosperity in the land of Eradia for over five hundred years. Yet, recently there had been an increasing number in criminal activity and the land had begun to fall into chaos. There were rumors that the order of the Onyx Serpents had begun to rise to power, a dark order which held sanctuary to the most vicious and dangerous killers that walked on the face of this earth. They were never seen and almost untouchable so it was not a wonder that many villagers had spoken of them as demons. The easiest way to know if someone was a part of their order was a tattoo of an Onyx Serpent on the right cheek. In a short while, the one that the man had referred to as Jack returned to the room with a bucket of water, a canteen with fresh spring water, an empty goblet and a washcloth. He put down the canteen and goblet on a table that was next to the bed that Alyssa sat in and he placed down the bucket on the floor. He didn’t appear much older than Alyssa, perhaps three or four summers older, but not more. The man that embraced Alyssa looked a bit older, he had jet black hair that was slowly becoming more gray at certain points and he looked as if he was in his early forties. While his armor was more regal and detailed, Jack’s was more simple, which meant that the man that embraced her was most likely a higher rank than Jack. After Alyssa had calmed down a bit, she pulled back from the man and she sat in the bed as she looked down at her lap and she frowned sadly as tears still ran down her cheeks. “You need to drink some water or the fever you are suffering from will never leave your body.” The man said and he looked at her with a concerned expression. “I… I’m not thirsty… “Alyssa said while she frowned. The man sighed and shook his head before he leaned back in the chair where he was sitting. “I’m Landro Vishidar. The squire next to me is Jack Morrison. We are both part of the Silver Dragon so you do not have to worry about any harm coming to you inside our walls.” Landro said and Alyssa looked at him before she looked towards Jack. “I…I’m-“ She stopped as she was interrupted. “Alyssa, I know, young one. Your father was a part of our ranks. A fine Knight he was and his memory will be honored.” As Landro said those words, a faint smile of gratitude appeared on Alyssa’s lips. “Thank you…” She said low and she inclined her head. The mystery of why her parents had been murdered was now all that was in Landro’s mind. He had heard of a prophecy that a pure diamond would rise from the ashes of a sea of fire created by the great Serpent, but could it really be that Alyssa was that diamond? If it was so, then Landro had to protect her at any cost as the only thing that could now come in the way of the Serpents rising to full power was this young girl, it meant that her life would be in danger. But with his loyal knights around him, he would be able to protect Alyssa and also train her to be able to defend herself, should the need arise. Her father had been a close friend to Landro and before Alyssa was born, Landro had often been there to visit her parents as her father left the Silver Dragons once she had been born. He had been the second highest officer in the order and Landro was the Commander. However he was getting older and he had no one that could take over after him once he would not be able to lead. He would pass on the leadership to his son, but he was too reckless and loved to poke the bear so the only time where it would make sense to have him as a leading officer, would be at a time of war. Alyssa would perhaps be able to grow up and take Landro’s place, he had made his decision, he was going to raise her like his own, in memory of her father. “Alyssa, I have a question I must ask you.” He said and Alyssa raised her eyebrows as she looked at him. “I wonder if you would like to perhaps want to stay here and train with the Silver Dragons. We have enough room and food for you to stay here and even though you cannot take your father’s place just yet, you will be a student of mine and I will make sure to train you so that once you are old enough, you will be able to rise up and fight at my side as an officer, just like your father used to do.” Landro said with a brief smile. Alyssa sat there completely dumbfounded before she smiled brightly and nodded a few times. “I would be honored of having that privilege!” She said and she giggled slightly. “There is no need to be so formal with me, Alyssa. Your father asked me that if something was ever to happen to him and your mother, for me to be your guardian. So I shall do my best to make them both proud.” Landro said before he stood up. “I shall leave you to rest, but in the morning, we will go by the smith to have some armor created for you and we shall also find what weapon suits you best.” He said before he turned around. “Rest well.” “You… too.” Alyssa said but by the time she had finished her sentence, Landro and Jack had already exited the room to leave her to rest. She looked down at her lap and the sad frown once more formed on her face and she let out a sad sigh. She wasn’t sure if she would be able to live up to Landro’s expectations, even though her father had been a knight, she had never held a weapon in her hand and she knew nothing of combat. She wanted to learn, she wanted to become better, but not because she desired revenge on the Serpents for what they had done, but because she wanted to make sure that no one else would have to go through and suffer the same thing that she is suffering for now. She lay down on the bed and soon drifted off to sleep, she had to rest as she had a big day ahead of her. However, she knew that even if she were to start and train, she would never be able to face the dangers ahead on her own, she would have to gather friends and allies through the years that she would be spending with the Silver Dragons.