As morning neared noon, Alena led the way along the dirt road, her eyes glancing back and forth as she walked. The grassy plains between Capua Nor and Gerdren were calm, a light breeze making the captain's cloak flutter to the left. There were ten warriors present, most in her squadron, but even that wouldn't be enough if monsters ambushed them. She turned back to check on the men and women she escorted, making sure no one was falling behind. Everyone seemed to be keeping up, though a small boy near the back looked more like he was almost jogging. She glared at the brunette child before returning her attention to the road ahead. Kyren, that stinking little knife-eared weasel. If he even thinks of getting within arms' reach, I'll wring his tiny little baby neck. The lavender-haired woman took a deep breath, trying to calm herself down. Nothing got her more riled than a thief, and the fact that it was her childhood nemesis only made it worse. As the group reached the midway point between the port and the Dwarven city, a sound like ripping fabric resonated through the air. All eyes raised to see what looked like a giant black split in the sky. Alena's eyes widened as five figured descended from the tear. The captain readied her spear and shouted to her comrades. "Six of you create a circle around the researchers! The rest, prepare for battle!" Alena's voice was authoritative, but a hint of fear could be heard mixed in. If these monsters were high ranking...then a lot of people were going to die. As the monsters landed before the group, Alena took in a breath. Thank goodness, just some babies. The five monsters, only reaching to Alena's knee caps, began to cheep. They were a yellow color, looking oddly like canaries, yet had bodies shaped like tadpoles. Their large puffy tails swayed back and forth as they prepared for a fight. The captain scoffed lightly and gave a roll of her eyes. "Oh yeah, that's menacing. Proceed with the plan soldiers, but don't let your guard down. Mama might have snuck in while we weren't looking." Alena twirled her spear vertically and let the pointed end slide against the ground. "Demon Fang!" A blue shockwave materialized and traveled across the dirt, aimed for the chick-like monster positioned dead center. Alena held her spear horizontally in preparation to block any oncoming counter attacks.