In the mystical land known as Terra, two nations are on the brink of war. To the south lies the country of Egata, a country filled with fertile plains and many clear lakes teeming with aquatic life. North of Egata likes the country of Grovia, a place covered in forests and tall mountains, and rich in precious metals. The country of Egata is jealous of Grovia's rich metal and precious gem deposits, while the Grovian's envy the Egatians for their farmland and abundance of food. Many times have the two nations gone to war, and now they are likely to begin a new war. The key to victory being one girl. The girl that the two nations seek is known as the Sky Maiden. The Sky Maiden is a powerful being said to carry the soul of a goddess. She is important to the countries because of the immense power she holds. By using the power of charms and runes, enchanters and spell casters are able to bind the girl's power and use it to carry out their wishes. Those who command the power of the Sky Maiden are able to command weather and the time of day, meaning that whichever country controls her essentially can control the rest of the people of Terra. Recently, news of the Sky Maiden being found reached the ears of the King of Grovia. Knowing that his country needed her in order to obtain victory, he sent a small specialized team to cross over the border into Egata to retrieve the girl. The team was made to be able to handle any situation and consisted of only the country's best fighters. First, the king selected the country's most strongest and deadly warrior to protect the Sky Maiden and the rest of the team, then he chose the country's most talented and devoted mage in order to be able to control the Sky Maiden, and lastly chose the country's most skilled ranger in order for the mission of sneaking across the border and finding the Sky Maiden to be successful. A hefty reward was to be given to them if they were to be successful, and quite a large fraction of the reward was given beforehand in order to encourage them to get the job done. The future of their country depended on them. A carriage wobbled and creaked as it was pulled down the rough dirt road. Bouncing inside the carriage sat Lily, a rather short (5' 3") sixteen year old girl with quite an unusual appearance. She had long shimmering silver hair that went just to the middle of her back, striking gold irises, and tan skin from spending many hours outdoors. It was quite obvious from her appearance who she was, and it was the reason why the Emperor's men had found her so easily. She was the Sky Maiden. Lily had heard legends of the Sky Maiden when she was young, but she never thought it possible that she could be them. When she was younger she was much less recognizable as the Sky Maiden. Her hair had been a light blond and her eyes a common brown, but as the years passed her hair and eyes gradually grew lighter, and lighter in appearance as her powers began to awaken. What had led the Emperor's men to her village though was not only her appearance, but also the misuse of her powers. There had been a long period of drought in her village and the farmers, her family included, needed rain or their crops would all die. Without even realizing it, she summoned a large storm cloud and brought rain to her village. The movement of the large cloud ended up blatantly giving away her position, and is what had caused her to end up in the position she was today. Lily was almost halfway to the capitol of Egata. Her own hometown lied on the edges of Egata so it had been quite a long journey for her. She had only stopped in one town and two villages since the beginning of her journey, for the guards were trying not to draw too much attention, which they were doing a horrible job of. The carriage had the Emperor's crest boldly painted on the side of the carriage and the guards traveling with her all wore the outfit of the Royal Guard, which made it much too obvious that they were transporting someone important. Every town they went through they left rumors, making it extremely easy for anyone to track them, and particularly for the team sent by the Grovian King. Trotting down on horseback on the same road as the one which the Sky Maiden was traveling on was the Grovian trio. Baldric the warrior, a tall (6' 4") and handsome blond haired and blue eyed young man, was trying to contain his laughter created by the idiocy of the Egatian villagers. They had just come from a village which had pretty much told them exactly where the Sky Maiden was and where she was traveling. None of the villagers had suspected that they were actually from Grovia, for him and his other two companions had disguised themselves in classic Egatian style clothing so that they would fit in, and it appeared that they had done a good job. It had been so easy to find the location of the Sky Maiden that he seriously wondered if they really needed a tracker with them. "Pfft! Those villagers are such idiots!" Baldric laughed as he looked towards each of his companions "This mission is going to be way too easy."