One hundred years ago, giant monsters called Titans made their appearance on Earth. Virtually indestructible, they devoured humans without clear purpose, showing no compassion or remorse. In response to this threat, the remnants of mankind hid behind the Walls, a series of mysterious structures whose origin is largely unknown. The three fortifications towered above the attacking monstrosities and could not be pierced by them. Much of mankind lived behind Wall Maria, the outer wall, followed by the middle Wall Rose, and finally the innermost Wall Sina, where the King and the more wealthy citizens made their homes. This peaceful life continued for a century, most citizens never even seeing a Titan. The highly specialized military defended the walls and carried out operations trying to reclaim lands beyond Wall Maria. This peace was shattered when two abnormal titans, the Colossal (200 feet tall with no skin covering it's muscles) and the Armored (a normal-sized Titan whose body was covered in thick natural plates of skin and bone), breached the outer wall of the Shinganshina district, swiftly followed by the inner wall. There were no survivors. The lands between walls Rose and Maria were abandoned, causing an influx of pestilence and famine behind Rose while those left behind were devoured. Humanity now lives in constant fear of another attack from the two abnormals and the consequences. Losing Rose could mean more than just more land losses. More refugees would pour behind the limited protection of Wall Sina. Already scarce resources would be spent in a matter of days. The human population would drop another vast percentage. Humanity would be doomed. It is our job to make sure that does not happen. We are the 104th Trainees Squad. We will fight to the last man for our fallen brethren, fight to secure Wall Rose, fight to reclaim Wall Maria, and fight... To take back our birthright! Reyna sat hunched over with her head on her elbows inside a transport cart, one of many in the cadet caravan. Her mouth was set in a scowl, refusing to display any emotion. In fact, to most, she appeared to be utterly bored. The caravan ride was admittedly slow and tedious, there were holes in the road where the cart got stuck and the cadets were forced to get out and lift. The only saving grace was the canvas overhead stopping the majority of the sun from hitting their faces. And any other time, the others would be right. But now, Reyna wasn't bored. She was terrified. What was I thinking? People die during this training. I won't last a day. But that was irrational. She'd lasted for years as the adopted daughter of a stern, iron-fisted former Scout, won a fair share of fights, and had lived on the streets before then. And before that... She didn't like thinking about it. Her nerves still vibrating with anxiety, Reyna focused on the cadets with her. The car seated eight, the driver excluded. Not counting Reyna, there were only five: Someone named Ymir (she wasn't keen on revealing a last name), Annie Leonhart (a particularly antisocial one), Krista Lenz (shy and short, but nice enough), Reiner Braun (nice guy. Well-built, blonde, stoic. What else do you need?), and Nac Tius (generic looking. Nothing really special about him). Nac had been the most talkative of the bunch, but Refiner had been the kindest. Most of the conversation had begun an day before, beginning with the driver yelling back that since they were all soldiers now, they might want to get to know each other. Introductions were short, tensions high. Nac had gone on about how many Titans he was going to kill, Krista, Annie, and Ymir all kept their mouths shut after their names, and Refiner had politely expressed his interest in fighting to protect humanity. Reyna had been equally concise. "I'm Reyna. I'm here to kill monsters. Are any of you here for anything different?" That had been the only excitement of yesterday. Today? The cart shuddered to a stop. Day 1.