auel smiled, she knew how intimidating this place could feel to any outsider. Erish pressed her body against Rauel hugging her back tightly while peering over her side smiling at Al before licking her lips teasingly as if she would pounce and feed on her. Rauel side and glared at Erish making her giggle and continue humming the random tune she had been listening to on their way here.
“Sorry I had some things I needed to oversee. You would need to see our master but at the moment he is … busy.” The pause… She couldn’t explain exactly what was going on with him because she was an outsider and in truth no one knew how to explain his past without having to explain all the history behind him and that alone meant they would never be allowed to leave.. Not if they knew all the secrets of their master.
“Lets go to Orish, he is the blacksmith here. We need to some kind of weapon for your training as you seem more warrior than mage.” Erish made a displeased sound and grunted letting of Rauel and running off in the opposite direction. Rauel sighed and continued her way to the blacksmith knowing Al would follow behind her she wasted no time looking behind her. “Erish hates the blacksmith because he constructs items to seal her powers. To keep her obedient and less feral.”
They walked past a large room the doors left open the clashing of metal, blade against blade they stopped in front of the open door watching warriors training. “These are the guardians of my master, anyone living here needs to learn to fight.” She continued walking but she knew her interest was fully focused when she saw the warriors training, maybe she should let her spar once she has a good blade.
They walked passed many groups of people, whispering and gossiping about Al the new girl that had arrived within the mountain. Ra sighed in annoyance and glared at them to stop speaking, she hated gossip it drove her insane. They turned a few corners until they finally reached the blacksmiths workshop.
“What are we doing today Ra” He looked up from the weapon he had been polishing, his eyes stared at Ra but focused on Al, his eyes a pale blue and cloudy. The blind blacksmith that could make the best weapons. “This is Alyssia, you will be making her a new weapon. Her old one was old and just foreign.” The blacksmith nodded a warm smile resting on his face. “Yes yes, a foreign sword wont work even if it’s new. Come closer child don’t worry I won’t harm you. What kind of weapon will we be making.”
Alyssia was worried right at the get-go, when Rauel said that they were going to the blacksmith in the morning. But now that the day is here, she had realized that she really is going to the blacksmith, which involved going though this underground lair.
When she stepped through the gates, she felt dizzy, terrified and shocked, and having to walk across the base to head to the blacksmith sent chills down her spine.
Everyone was staring at her, realizing she was a foreigner, someone who had just arrived from the surface; something these people have probably almost never seen. "Who is this girl?", "Rauel, what are you doing with an outsider?", Al heard.
She looked at Ra, unfazed from these comments. It's like she has heard them a million times before.
They arrived at the blacksmith, and she was surprised to see a blind man, working on a sword so diligently, so effortlessly. He turned around and asked what he would be making for Al. "I need to be quick on the battlefield. Be able to be 2 steps ahead of my enemy, but strong enough to withstand the strength of my powers, in which I still need to master.", Al said. "Ah, I know what we shall make. Twin swords, child, is what I recommend. It is as fast as one, but together, they are stronger, and can withstand anything.".
Al looked at Ra, and all she was doing was standing there, with her eyes closed, arms crossed, and with a little smirk on her face. It seemed like she wants Al to make this decision herself.
"Twin swords it is then, thank you Orish", Al exclaimed. "Don't thank anyone until you are given something in return, child", Orish said.
She walked towards Ra, looking for guidance on what they would do next.
auel couldn't help but be distracted while Al conversed with the blacksmith, she was an aira in the land of where most would do anything to have their revenge. The aira were cruel, they hurt many people and even if she herself had not mentioned where she came from after decades of fighting Rauel knew.
She knew their aura the way they moved, the way they talked and the way they felt when they jumped to another realm. Though she had brought her here she was not blind to her bloodline she knew exactly where she came from. But as a guest she would keep her safe, at least for the most part she hoped Eyal would be able to meet with her before one of his dark episodes. Though more than likely with the frequency increasing she doubted it would be anytime soon before the young girl would have time to meet him.
Keep her entertained, give her something to amuse her until the right moment. Though she had other things running through her mind this young girl was unique, she had a unique power similar to her own but maybe she could tame two birds at once.
"I think I found you the perfect teacher."
After saying their goodbyes to the blacksmith he gave no deadline but he would send word to Al when her weapons would be ready. He gave her one of his prototypes that he made in his spare time. They made their way back to a training hall but unlike the one before, this one was just a group of six two girls and four guys they trained in pairs apart from one of the girls who was wrapping some kind of bandage around her wrist.
"Alethea I want you to meet someone."
The girl bandaging her wrist looked up, her mix matched eyes found Als and just sighed before pushing herself up heading over to Ra while she rotated her wrist before extending her hand out.
The blacksmith knew exactly what Al needed, as it seemed like he has done something similar for Rauel. Al gave him the specifics of the dual daggers that she had wanted, and it seemed like he knows exactly what to do. "I'm surprised, old man. I'm excited with what you will end up with". Al said.
"Go do more important and productive things while I worry about this. Here are some older units that I fabricated not too long a go. It should do you well until they're ready". The Blacksmith yelled back. All hurried and grabbed the sword, and gave them some test swings and test whirls. "These already feel good. Let's see how the custom ones fare later", she said to the blacksmith excitedly, as she ran back to Rauel.
Rauel brought her into a training hall, where she would be training with others in pairs. She initially thought that Rauel would be her teacher, but she supposes that this is better than nothing. The other female was busy with something, so Al jumped in with the males who were already training.
She didn't feel engaged at all, as these fellows were not at the same level as Al. They were losing breath a little faster than her, which gave her an opening to strike. She glanced at the other girl, hoping that she would be ready soon and be a little bit better than these guys.
She saw Ra speak to her, call her and wanted her to introduce herself to Al. She extended a hand out at the same time she stood up, and Al met her hand with hers. "My name is Alyssia, it's a pleasure," she said. Ra said that this girl's name is Alethea. She had a mix of coloured eyes, and it looks like she is a close-quarters type of fighter. Al is excited to see what this brings.
She doesn't know what is special about this girl, but obviously since Rauel called her and wanted her to introduce herself, it must mean something.
Al jumped backwards and readied herself. "Well? Are you ready to train?" , she yelled.
lethea sighed, she left her sword on the side of the ring among everyone else's weapons. They made sure to not fight full out straight from the start, they needed time to warm up after all their training sessions would last for the majority of the morning only stopping when food was ready when they would move to the main hall and eat. They used to be accompanied by Eyal but with the way his mind had been recently most just kept wondering if today would be the day he would reappear and show himself. She watched as the newcomer seemed to go full out from the beginning only agitating Alethea even more, she seemed to welcome this place while Alethea fought against it wanting to be free.
She rubbed the back of her neck where her marking rested, a comforting hand from Rauel on her shoulder. "This is pointless honestly." As soon as the girl came and shook her hand Alethea let go feeling her aura the spirits whispering their secrets in Alethea's ear. The girl was cocky, she was ready to fight with her without actually seeing anything about Alethea. Her assumptions would be wrong.
The wind seemed to gather around her wrist as they walked into the ring, but before she could even land a punch or begin a fight Kane appeared out of no where as he had a habit of. "As much fun as you would have fighting with an Aira Eyal has requested you" Alethea knew would that would mean, she had become his tether and it meant gossip often rising around the mountain some even thinking his insanity was her poisoning. Kane gave little option with a hand on her back he ushered her to pick her sword up and head towards his room. Rauel blocked the way and took Alethea's hand almost pleading that she try to bring him outside. "I'll try my best but Rauel, you might want to teach your Aira friend to not go full out from the start. She won't last with the warriors here, they are trained for endurance."
With Alethea gone one of her only friends came rushing over to Al smiling somewhat warmly in comparison to everyone else that looked at her stone faced. "Alethea is an amazing warrior she's one of Eyal's most trusted warriors so the guys here might be annoyed with you since they rarely get privately trained. Don't take it too personally." The girl rushed to Kane's side as if it were the most comfortable thing, standing beside Eyal's assassin.
The training continued, the other warriors training amongst them. "I'll try to get you some time with Alethea, though you might need to tone down your enthusiasm around her. She isn't here by choice" Rauel spoke and her voice almost seemed pained. "Also Alethea is one of few that can use her powers so fluidly like its second nature. She can fight with or without a weapon so it's best to keep your guard up for next time."
└ Tags-- ( Melidas ) └ notes: Too excited to train Al ~
Al looked at Alethea, getting a feeling like she was getting annoyed, maybe at the fact that someone like her, an outsider, was inside what seems to be a place where outsiders aren't the most welcome. Or maybe because of how Al was acting, confident in her swordplay, as it seems as though no one is using their powers here.
Alethea was walking towards her, getting ready to strike, before a man from seemingly out of nowhere stopped the fight and told Ale that someone named "Eyal" needed to see her. Ale stopped for a quick word with Ra, then the man and Ale walked out together.
The training continued shortly after, with Rauel explaining to Al that she must tone herself down, and that she is one of the best warriors in this compound. "I had no idea, I was heading into that fight so carelessly that the strength of my opponent didn't cross my mind. I apologize", Al said quickly, before she gets scolded by Ra.
Al was thinking, and she had realized that she missed an opportunity to train with the best warrior in the compound. She felt a little disgusted with herself for acting the way she did, but she realized that since that man came through, there wasn't much to be done anyways.
Al quickly turned around and saw the four men train. She looked at them, and thought to herself that her swordplay is much better than theirs. So she turned to Ra and walked towards her.
Ra was looking down at her, seeing what Al was doing. She was thinking about what she can do now to gain strength, or ways to control her powers. Even though her actual weapons weren't complete, she could start now with her prototypes.
"Rauel, what should I do now? I want to be able to harness and control my powers completely. Can you train me?", she asked, hopeful for a positive answer, but wouldn't be shocked if it wasn't.