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01/10/20 Mysterious creatures have appeared throughout the Kingdom
05/16/18 The Spring Magic Knigts Exam has came to an end!
05/16/18 Patch 2.5 has dropped!
08/01/18 The 4 year Time Skip has occured. New rules and regulations as well as events have all been put into place.
09/21/18 The Royal Knight Exams have begun
10/01/18 The 2018 Fall Harvest Festival will begin
10/19/18 The Fall Magic Knight Exams will begin
11/15/18 The Harvest Festival and Royal Knight Exams both end
11/12/18 The Magic Knight Exams have begun
12/05/18 The Yule Time Festivus has brought many events throughout the Kingdom!
02/15/19 The Grimoire Ceremony is starting all around the country.
04/08/19 The Magic Knight Exams have begun
05/20/19 The Magic Knight Exams have ended
06/01/19 The Diamond Kingdom has started thier invasion on Clover, hoping to end the war!
09/30/19 The War with Diamond has ended!
10/01/19 One Year Timeskip
Throughout Last Hearth, various fires have been lit, a practice going back hundreds of years. The idea is that the fires ward off the evil spirits of winter but also have a meaning of bringing those of this region together. During this festival, people will gather around fires enjoying the company of each other, often times talking about their wishes for the new year and their adventures of the past.
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Yuurei decided there was one place that he would go to and it was the one place where he didn’t get to do much last time. When he got there people were leaving and making their way back home, so he kind of missed it. This time it would be different as he was going to bring himself to be there from the beginning. It was cold outside but only because of the time of year they were in. He wore a kimono, but under it, he wore thick attire to keep him from being cold. He had also brought Kouhei with him as well as the two were going to enjoy this together. The idea of bringing Kouhei was for him to enjoy the time he couldn’t spend when they had taken him and brained washed him.
He would make his way towards the Last Hearth as he would see that there were a few people here. It brought a smile to Yuurei’s face as he could see that there were a lot of families and friends together throughout the area. They had surrounded several fireplaces and sat on logs that were placed around the fireplaces. This was a nice feeling and he had done a lot since the last time he had been here. He wondered who else would show up, but the first thing he needed to do was find a spot that was not being used by someone else already. Yuurei could see that there were various knights that were watching over this place, which was a good thing. They must have volunteered to keep this place safe, which he appreciated that.
Those guys gave up their free time, so that way people like him and the families around could enjoy themselves. The Kranes would make their way towards an empty fireplace, which didn’t take long to find. Yuurei would quicken his pace and he would make himself comfortable by sitting down on the log with a smile on his face.
“Come sit down on the log. Enjoy the heat that is coming from the fireplace. If anything we can get more wood to keep the fire going, but right now from what I see we have enough being burned and there are a few that have been set next to us.” He said to Kouhei as stretched a bit, enjoying the warmth of this place.
Kouhei would look at Yuurei and he would give him a smirk as he walked over to his cousin and he would sit down next to him. He would enjoy the heat that gave him comfort and calmness as he looked over to his cousin.
“Why did you bring us here? I mean it’s peaceful and nice to hear people laughing and enjoying their time together. It’s different from everything else we could be doing.” He said to Yuurei wondering what he would say.
“I brought us here because I came here on my own last time when I started my journey. I met a few people who I can consider to be my comrades now. They were a bunch of Magic Knights and it’s nice to know that I’m one now.” He said to Kouhei.
“We both are, but you are, even more, you’re a captain, so I don’t think you should be out in the open like this.” He said to Kouhei, but Yuurei would chuckle when he heard his words.
“That is true, but for now enjoy the warmth, I don’t think you have anything to worry about Kouhei.” He said to his cousin with a smile on his face as they would enjoy the warmth together.
Cerulean took in the scent of burning logs. Memories of the Shēngxiào estate, where he and the other children would gather around the roaring fire, and listen as grandfather told them tales of Wuxia entered his mind. It had been just over a year since he had left, even longer since he’d seen any of the other children. Deep down he still questioned whether leaving the estate, and leaving his heritage behind was worth it. His hands went to his shoulders where his hair once draped. Cerulean forced himself to smile.
Last Hearth was calm.
Training with the Azure Deer was hectic. He never imagined he would travel the kingdom with few breaks, the effects of war were long reaching. Was it like this when he and the others fled from Wuxia? Cerulean was too young to remember. He tried not to think about the past too much. Grandfather always said losing yourself in the winds of the past meant you were unable to breath life into the future. Cerulean knew that his teacher was right, but even so… The magic knight wiped the wet spots from his eyes before they froze over in the cold.
Despite the horrors around them. Last Heart was calm.
Seeing the families and children bonding over the fires, brought a true smile to his face. Cerulean spun around. Some groups were clearly families. Babies reaching out for their mothers face, toddlers resting on their father's lap, children practicing their magic in the roaring flames. While others seemed to be on a romantic event, their hands interlocked. The last type of group Cerulean could pinpoint were the knights. Their expressions maybe a smile, but their faces read differently than the others. The price they paid to keep the peace. To keep things calm. Cerulean rubbed his cheeks, to keep them warm. He would never lose his smile. He was the cerulean sky afterall. It was his namesake.
It was calm… But lonely.
Cerulean was surrounded by citizens, and knights who had bonds, and love. They were connected, and were able to celebrate the calmness together. Cerulean didn’t have that privilege. His eyes glossed over. Cerulean reached for his family crest on his hand, what was the point of coming here if it just reminded him of what he left behind. The giggling of children echoed in his mind. His feet refused to move. Where would he even go, even if he could move.
The festival at Last Hearth was many things. It was calm. It was a distraction. It was lonely… But more than anything it was where Cerulean wanted to be.
A large hand suddenly fell from the sky to land on Cerulean's shoulder as a wide grin formed, decorating Bengal's feral face. But it was a kind smile. Three children were clinging to his upper body, hanging off his large frame from various locations giggling as they tried to scale him like a mountain. Red marks decorated his neck and cheek where he'd clearly been decorated by women's lipstick from kisses, a half-empty mug of ale in his hand that hadn't fallen on the other male's shoulder.
"Oi oi, Ceru, what's with the long face? C'mon, let's get a drink!" Bengal was a stranger to this place. He had only been a part of the Clover Kingdom for less than a year, and that was along the outskirts of the Kingdom, walking the roads and forests between jobs. His appearance was intimidating, he put people off with some of his odd habits and morality. But no one could ever argue that the man wasn't kind. Going out of his way to watch children, to share a drink with a random stranger and laugh. To lend an ear to a worried teenager over-pressured by life.
Bengal was a beacon, he did all he could for anyone without hesitation. As long as no one wronged him, he would always be a pillar. Grinning down at the shorter, light-maned man that was clearly uncertain where to go. He'd seen that look before many a time. Loneliness, insecurity. Hell, it had been on his face when they'd first met in the Market. No reason not to be social and bring the man along. The giggling children looked over to Ceru curiously, offering grins as one piped up.
"There's still some really good food by the fires, too!" Causing Bengal to rumble in amusement, before patting the man's shoulder once more. "C'mon, no reason to stand around alone during the Holidays you know?" With this he turned, moving toward the fire with the children flowing back and forth off him. As he approached, he spotted the pair sitting on a log. The large man offering them a wide grin and lifting a hand in greeting.
"Evening! Don't think I've met you two before!" Without any hesitation, voice polite and welcoming the large man moved forward, lowering himself down and patting the children's heads with a grin, murmuring for them to go back to their parents or play so he could talk. There were some whines of complaint, but in the end, they all took off giggling once more to play before he turned back toward the pair. He assumed Ceru was with him as he tucked his hands into his pockets.
"I'm Bengal, a pleasure to meet you both. Mind if we sit?" his head tilted to the side, not wishing to intrude if they were wanting to have time together. But, this was a time of greeting and joy, he saw no reason not to ask if nothing else. It was always helpful meeting new people, after all.
[attr="class","marvekscroll"]Despite not being very fond of the Yule Festival, Riley decided to give it another try. He was going to the one place where he felt that he could at least try and enjoy himself a bit. There was a rather large spot in the woods with a nice campfire. There was food, drinks, citizens young and old. All of them were just there to relax and have a good time. It was still a festivity… just… less crowded. Riley usually didn’t like the place too much as a kid. It was always too quiet for him. He liked being where all the action was at. However, it seemed to be one of his sister’s favorite places. She always talked about going out into the woods to clear her mind, which was a concept that Riley never understood when he was younger. Even now, he still couldn’t fully grasp what was so great about thinking out in the forest. However, hopefully one day he’d understand it the way that she did. Until then, he’d just go there for the sentimental value. As expected, when he arrived there already seemed to be quite the crowd. Among the citizens of Clover, Riley picked out a couple of familiar faces. Yuurei and Kouhei, two of the newer members in the Silver Eagles squad, despite Yuurei being the captain. There was also a rather new, but still familiar, face. A man by the name of Bengal that Riley had only had a short encounter with during a mission they did.
Didn’t matter. The whole point of being out by the campfire was so that he could enjoy himself. Talking to them wasn’t exactly going to set him in that mood. The Silva made his way over to where the food was and grabbed an apple. He sat down on a log and looked into the flames of the fire. “If anything, at least it’s warm here.” he mumbled to himself before taking a bite of the apple. The silver-haired mage thought about it while he ate. He looked over towards Yuurei, Kouhei, and the other two that seemed to have joined up with them now. Despite his initial thoughts, maybe he was wrong? “She used to always come out here to be alone, but I guess I never really wanted that.” he thought to himself. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t force himself to live exactly like she did. After all, they were two different people. Besides, she’d probably scold him for looking like he was sulking anyways, wherever she was. He shook his head and stood up, taking another bite of his apple. He lazily strolled over to where the others were and just stood there. Mostly he was just listening to Bengal make his introduction to Yuurei and Kouhei. The silver-haired boy didn’t have much to say right off the bat, so he simply raised his hand as if he was waving, but without the actual waving motion. “Hey.” he simply said.
While the two were enjoying the warmth of the fireplace it would soon be that an interesting person had approached them. Yuurei and Kouhei would turn to look at the tall man and it would seem like he wasn’t alone. Not too far from him was another person and he wore the Azure Deer Mantle. Still, Yuurei’s eyes shifted back to the man who spoke as he figured it would be rude to leave this man unanswered. He could also tell that he was a kind person as he had children around him, which when they left he could assume and confirm that they had just met.
“Sure you two can sit here. We just got here, and were hoping for people to join us.” Yuurei would say this with a smile on his face as he looked over to the other young man.
“I’m Yuurei Krane, and some people nicknamed me the Silver Tempest.” He said to Bengal.
It wasn’t just some people who gave him that name, but the entire kingdom acknowledges the young boy by that name. Kouhei would keep a serious face as he looked at Bengal and the other guy behind him. He couldn’t understand how calm Yuurei could be with people he had just met, but it was possibly Kouhei’s past that wouldn’t allow him to ease up like his cousin.
“The name is Kouhei Krane.” He said to Bengal as he gave out his name.
“How is Willow doing? I see the Azure Deers are doing fine?” He spoke to the man who was behind Bengal and wondered what he would say.
It wouldn’t take long, but Kouhei would take note of a familiar mana signature not too far from them. Yuurei would look in the direction that Kouhei was looking in and he could see that Riley was also here. That was good as it seemed like things were getting lively here. The noble would only smile at the young lad and he would wave at him as he could see that he was waving at them.
“Hey Riley. Come join us and get warm while you enjoy your food.” He would say to the young man.
Yuurei and Kouhei would reach for some of the beverages that were there and would start to drink a bit of it as they would sigh with relief. It had an amazing taste and they couldn’t help but take in more of it.
“So what brings everybody to the Last Hearth today?” Yuurei would ask them wondering what each of them would say.
Kouhei would grab something to eat and he would take a big bite as he would start to chew his snack as he looked at them. He was fine with Riley, but he felt something off about the guy. The other two were new to him, so it kind of bothered them to get near his cousin.
Bengal's smile didn't waver in the face of the man's inspection, and when Yuurei gave him approval to sit his grin widened. Flashing dual-cuspids before falling with a low thud against the log as it accepted his weight, resting back as the man introduced himself. The nickname was... well, not really something he cared about. But he filed it away under information that may be important at a later date if they ever worked together, as doubtful as that may be. He found his hands full with the group he'd made thus far, frankly.
Still the man seemed polite enough, and the other man, Kouhei was clearly a bit warier. An understandable reaction that he got alot due to his appearance and title. The idea of a 'Mercenary' tended to throw off quite a few, so he'd stopped bothering to include the profession in his introduction unless it was asked for. People got all sensitive about it, even though all that separated an Adventurer from a Mercenary was the realistic desire to have the power to ask for payment to do something risky.
"Pleasure to meet you both, Yuurei, Kohei. Thanks for letting us sit," he smiled brightly, lifting the mug of ale to his lips as Yuurei inquired to Cerulean, not interrupting the discussion respectfully before his ear twitched. Glancing back curiously as he heard footsteps in the snow approaching them. Smiling brightly as he caught the familiar face of Riley, lifting his free hand in greeting to the young man he'd met briefly during their mission.
"Riley! Nice to see you again!" Bengal stated simply, cheerful as ever in his response. He looked a bit down, but that seemed to happen to the teenager quite a bit from what he could tell. It was as if he was designed to have mood-swings between that cheerful, polite side he'd seen on their mission, and the grumpy, depressed side of him that had been his initial introduction. Teenagers were moody by nature. Not that he wasn't one himself, technically, but his body matured faster than most due to his family's genetics. He didn't really have the mentality of someone that young, either.
Amused, Bengal lifted up his drink once more before his attention was stolen by Yuurei once more. His smile returning as he leaned back on the log, idly kicking his feet up. Long limbs stretching out so the boots glimmered with the flames light.
"Just to relax and meet some new people," he explained easily, "I've spent most of my time hunting and training," a bit of a lie, he was spending plenty of time with June as well, but he didn't need to bring that drama into the conversation. Especially with a member of the Silva family standing near him. No reason to spoil a conversation with tedious things like status. Instead he smoothly continued his previous statement. "--So I decided I'd take a break and enjoy the fruits of some of my labor, since alot of the firewood and meat I gathered went to these events I'm sure, plus it's always nice to see new faces, make new connections." Bengal chuckled softly at that, a deep, low rumble more akin to a growl than a normal laugh. Glancing toward the others in the group, curious as to their own answers to the man's question.
[attr="class","marvekscroll"]Despite the boy’s attitude of distance, and the unfamiliar status between Yuurei, Kouhei, Bengal, and Cerulean, the captain of the eagles welcomed them all. He received another greeting, this time from Bengal, a bigger man who he’d met on a mission prior to coming to the Last Hearth. He seemed pretty friendly in nature, which was nice to see, especially at a place like this. Having people around that you could enjoy spending time with was what Riley believed was the most important thing about the Yule Festival. “Hey there Bengal.” he responded, trying to be friendly about it. He sat down on a log just as Bengal and Cerulean were taking their seats. There was nothing to it really. The whole objective was to simply relax and enjoy. Yuurei asked everyone’s reasons for showing up to the Last Hearth. Riley listened as Bengal would be the first to answer. He listened to the man explain something that sounded… well… very like him to say. Riley didn’t know the guy very well yet, but from what he could tell is that he was just a friendly person. He enjoyed getting to meet new people and make new connections, so the Silva was sure that the festival was like a paradise for him. Meanwhile, what reasons did the Silva have for coming to the campfire. He had reasons, but were they really his own? On the one hand, he was there because it was where he used to go with his sister, but on the other hand, he was still trying to force himself to appreciate it in the same way that she did.
However, he wasn’t sure if he was ready to start having fun yet. The Silva got up once again and went back to where the food was so that he could grab more than just an apple this time. If anything, he definitely didn’t want to miss out on the festival food. Despite the issues that he was having, the only thing he knew that he wanted for sure was the food. Maybe he should’ve invited Lillith out to the fire. He would at least have someone to really talk to. Not that he wasn’t enjoying the company of the others, but he just needed to talk to someone that knew him a bit better. Not like he could just go divulging all of his memories with his sister to all of these people. After grabbing his food, he returned to the fire and sat back down on his log. The water mage began to eat, hoping that Cerulean or someone else would give an answer so that he didn’t have to speak just yet. Regardless, he kept his mouth closed and focused on his eating. The teen didn’t know what it was with the way that all of this was making him feel. Sure, he was usually not the one to get so down about stuff like this, but around this time of year, watching everyone have so much fun, he just couldn’t help it.
As Cerulean settled down but seemed to drift into his own little world, and Riley avoided the question clearly uncomfortable and distant, Bengal casually took the reigns of the conversation to bounce it back and forth between Yuurei. This was the point others may grow angry or annoyed at the lack of proper communication during a festival, but Bengal was more assured than that. So instead he lifted up his hands and interlaced them around his mug, offering a slight smile to Riley as the teen returned and focusing on Yuurei. He'd give the Silva time to gather his thoughts.
"What about you, Sir Yuurei? What brings you here, the company, or the food?" His lip curled into a wide grin, clearly not assuming it had to be either of those. However, assuming anything else just led into aimless speculation. Better to stick to what was most common during these events. The large hand lifted, bringing the ale up to his lips with a long drink as he leaned back, contemplating exactly what could be bothering Riley, someone whom he considered somewhere between acquaintance and friend at the moment.
It couldn't still be about the sword. So more than likely it was about something related to it instead. Rubbing the back of his neck with a slight breath he decided to put it out of his mind for now, once more too many variables. He could only hope the Silva would re-gather himself and join the conversation. There was no need to hold himself to silence during a festival that existed to help form bonds, after all. He'd give him another nudge if he had to, it wasn't like he hadn't done it before.
Looking back to Yuurei, his usual smile remained. "So, for some conversation, how about a more relaxed chat on our professions? I'm still pretty horrid at magic, but I can tell you're pretty experienced. Mind if I ask what you do?" Bengal was a rookie mage, at best. Having received his grimoire late due to his upbringing. But he was an experienced warrior and tactician, that knew to rely on his instincts. His instincts told him the man in front of him wasn't a pushover by any means, it spurred his curiosity forward.
Yuurei would hear Bengals words and he would listen to everything he said joyfully. It was nice to hear someone else’s story and it all led to how he had got here, which was good to hear. He would notice that Riley would hear the conversation, but would get up before he could say his piece. He would look at him curious to see where he was going, but it would seem like he just wanted to stand. Kouhei had a smirk on his face as he could tell that Riley didn’t want to talk about himself right now, which was fine because he understood where he was coming from. He would take a bite of what he had gotten and soon enough Bengal would ask him a question. The noble would smile as it was rude of him not to speak about himself especially if he was asked.
“The last time they had the Dying Ember I was here alone. I had just come from my family estate for the first time ever I was able to leave the mountains alone and without my family. I traveled around the kingdom enjoying my time and seeing the state the kingdom was in. I have been helping ever since, but I had found out about this festivity not soon after I came down from the mountains and decided to see how it was. It was amazing to see and meet people that were here, and I know one of them is now the Captain of the Golden Dawn and the other one is the Vice-Captain of the Coral Peacocks. I decided to come here again though because Kouhei had never gone to one of these things. I had reconnected him with him not too long ago.” He said with a smile on his face as he looked over to his cousin.
Kouhei would look over to Bengal and Yuurei when he heard his name as he was enjoying his food a bit too much. He had heard what his cousin was saying, but his name caught him off guard.
“Yeah I wasn’t in the family home when Yuurei left. I was somewhere else and it wasn’t the best place to be. I wouldn’t wish that against the worse of my enemy. I’m glad Yuurei found me or I don’t think I would have been here today.” He said out loud so Bengal could hear him and even Riley.
Yuurei would look over to Riley and he wondered if he was going to share with them. The noble would take his hot chocolate and take a sip from it as he sighed with relief.
“So Riley what brings you here? Any memories that dragged you here like me? Also if you guys want you could share an adventure you had in the past that you would like to share with us. I like when people tell stories.” He said to them with a smile on his face.
Kouhei stood quiet as he didn’t like talking about his past as he figured he would let Yuurei talk about the time he saved him.
[attr="class","marvekscroll"]Even after the silver-haired mage walked away to grab more food, he could still hear a majority of their conversation. Bengal returned the earlier question that Yuurei asked about what brought him here, and of course, the Captain began to explain. He listened in as Yuurei explained a bit about how he explored all around the country and was even able to meet some people who ended up becoming rather powerful figures today. People like the Vice Captain of the Coral Peacocks and the Captain of the Golden Dawn. Riley knew of some important people when he was younger, but the closest thing he ever knew to a real authoritative person like his sister was his cousin Nico, who was the Vice Captain of the Eagles at the time. However, cousin Nico did go on to become the Captain of the Royal Knights, which was another accomplishment that he found to be pretty great. Not only that, but the man eventually became the acting Captain of the squad, temporarily of course. He mentioned that Kouhei had never been to the festival before. Thinking about it like that only made Riley think about how his sister brought him to the festivals. However, Yuurei wasn’t the only thing with something to say. Kouhei spoke up as well, speaking about his situation before Yuurei came and found him. From the way it sounded, Kouhei didn’t seem to be in a good place before. With that, Riley took a bite from a piece of bread that he grabbed.
As he chewed, he heard Yuurei’s question, that was directed towards him this time. Like him? Was he trying to compare the two of them in some kind of “like” manner. Maybe he was overthinking it, in fact, he knew that he was, but he couldn’t help it. Being around him gave him this sense of resentment that just seemed to take over his emotions. Though, as his eyes shifted towards Bengal, Riley remembered what he said about not letting his issues take over his attitude. As much as the Silva wanted to continue on in his current state because oh boy did it feel good, he knew that Bengal was still right. “Damn it… sometimes I wish I didn’t have a conscience.” he thought to himself, letting out a bit of a frustrated sigh. The water mage got to work on calming himself down. Then again, what was he supposed to talk about? He definitely wasn’t alright with divulging information about his sister to him of all people, and besides, Bengal didn’t know anything beyond the fact that he needed to have an heirloom made. Riley saw absolutely no reason for why his sister had to be brought up in the conversation. The teen shook his head, “No, not really. I never really came to these festivals a whole bunch when I was growing up, so I guess I just wanted to experience them. Glad I did though, the food here is pretty worth it.” he explained, taking another bite of the bread that he was holding. With that, the water mage continued back towards the fire before taking his seat once again.
“Stories?” the teen asked out loud, tapping his finger against his chin. “Well, there was this one time I fought a pirate.” he started. It was a bit of a strange story, but it was one of the most unique ones that he had. “It was a battle that I had during the Magic Knight Exams. I went up against a pirate named Maladi. Funny enough, the thing ended in a draw so I ended up throwing us both off the edge of a cliff.” he said. “Er.. well, it was a virtual cliff so it’s not like he died or anything.” the teen explained, adding the last bit to clear up any confused expressions or remarks.
Yuurei would smile as he looked at Riley waiting for an answer. He knew it in his heart that Riley didn’t like how he did things. He could tell from the reactions he had on the times they were around each other, which was actually quite a few times. He didn’t mind it though and he figured his ideas and his way of thinking would have a lot of the nobles to hate him. He remembered the first time he entered the base of the Silver Eagles, Riley had claimed this place as his own, and now Yuurei was the captain. He knew, but he allowed it to stay as it was because he didn’t need to fuel the fire that was already lit from the guy. Kouhei, on the other hand, was always suspicious of Riley, but that was because he was suspicious everybody who got near Yuurei.
There was probably a handful of people that he would relax when they were around his cousin. The Kranes though would look at Riley as he had finally spoken up to them, which was a good thing. Yuurei would hear him and it seemed that he wanted to do the same thing Yuurei wanted for Kouhei. That was good, and honestly, he was fine with that as he did enjoy the food here.
“You sure aren’t wrong on that. The food here is actually pretty good.” Yuurei would say this.
Kouhei would look over to where Riley had come from and he would get up from his seat and he would get something for him and Yuurei to eat. He would grab a few things and he would make his way to his cousin as he had handed him bread and a few other things as well. Kouhei would take a seat where he was seated last and he would start munching on his meal as well. Yuurei would look at his cousin with a smile on his face.
“Thank you for bringing me this.” He said as he started eating more.
The Silver Tempest would groan from the first bite as is indicated on how good it tasted. He took another bite as this was something he had definitely enjoyed. Kouhei would give a smirk to Yuurei as he took a bite for him as he was enjoying his own meal as well. They didn’t have to worry about being cold right now because the fireplace was still intact and the fire was bright enough to warm everybody here. While he was eating it had gotten quiet and Yuurei figured that he would be the first person to speak about one of his stories. He wasn’t sure if it would be an interesting one, but nobody was saying anything, so he figured he would break the ice.
“I guess I will go first then.” He coughed a bit as he cleared his throat before speaking again.
“When I was younger my family and I lived in the mountains isolated from the kingdom itself. We didn’t get into any problems that was happening to the kingdom because of where we were located. That was a problem for us as well, for when the time came there was an attack on the Krane family. A bunch of bandits had attacked our homes, and we defended it without a problem. A lot of people from my clan had died, but we won the battle. It seemed that the fight between the bandits and my family was a distraction though. While everyone was fighting in the frontlines it allowed a group of individuals to enter the mansion without being traced or noticed.” He paused for a bit looking at both individuals.
“These guys were after two specific Kranes but were only able to find one by the time the fight was over. They had taken one of the two Kranes and left without anybody noticing. My family didn’t understand what happened, but we assumed that they had taken that Krane and killed them as they never found the body. It was a hard time in my home from there on, and I as a person wanted to leave the house to see if the kingdom was actually like that. What I got was that there were a lot of people who needed our help, and their resentment to us is why those bandits revolted. They don’t like how we noble treat them, and with someone to guide that hatred we fought them and were distracted.” He paused again getting air in him as he drank a bit of his hot chocolate.
“When I saw how people looked at me at the beginning of my adventures from the mountain. I could tell that nobles needed to treat commoners better, we needed to help them in their time of need because one day their hatred for us will evolve and this kingdom will have a civil war that will change the fate of everyone that lives here.” He said this as he ended his story there as he looked over to Riley as he wondered what he would say and wanted to see his reaction.
Kouhei, of course, would do the same thing wondering what he would say or do after what Yuurei had said.
[attr="class","title"]"If you taught a feral beast the art of war, how would it do battle?"
Bengal was content to listen to the two as they went back and forth, he had little stake in much as he already had a general idea of what his 'stories' would do to either of them. The job he'd taken with Riley had made it painstakingly clear he didn't quite know how to deal with the brutality of his clan, or his past. Yuurei... seemed like a nice guy, but he was long-winded. It made following along pretty difficult by comparison. Flora was that way too but her attitude and personality kept him interested.
The idea of Riley fighting a... pirate, on a cliff caused his brow to arch slowly. The Clover Kingdom was mostly land-locked. Why on earth was a Pirate there? Let alone becoming a mage during the exams? Bemused, he would lean back on the log as he lifted the ale up to his lips in thought. The idea of Riley fighting the mage, initially brought the image of a sword-fight with Riley using some water-saber. But he'd seen the Silva's combat style, so as poetic as that sounded, a sword-fight to the death at the edge of a cliff against a pirate, more likely Riley just blasted him in the face with a water-dragon cannon.
Much more effective but definitely less entertaining to think about. Which was another issue when it came to stories. Most of Bengal's were blunt, simple and to the point as well. Rubbing his chin in thought he sighed before glancing over toward Yuurei as his own story began after a moment of silence. Leaning back, he would simply listen quietly while he explained a bit of his past. The story was... an odd one. Then again Riley's had been odd as well. It seemed like less of a story and more a direct shot at Riley, which he disliked. It became clear Bengal was the only commoner sitting at the fire, and so even as Yuurei looked at Riley expecting a reaction, Bengal snorted idly.
"Both sides put far too much stock in bloodlines and standing. I'm a commoner, hell I'm not even that, I'm part of a small clan with no land to even call a home. My magic is weak, I'm pretty good in a fight, my grimoire is barely above-average. Yet I'm doing just fine. Commoners use the name as an excuse to whine and complain. Nobles use the name to pretend they're better than others, or think they have some responsibility to make the world better. Either way I don't think it's right." He shook his head, bemused. "Commoners have to work harder for what they have. In return, we get a hell of a lot more freedom than most nobles get. You all get a head-start, but you're bound to your families. Both sides of the coin have benefits and drawbacks." Shrugging, he lifted the ale up. His tone wasn't accusing or aggravated, he was clearly impassive to the entire idea. He saw neither side as superior, they were all just people in various walks of life.
Few agreed with him on that. Many a commoner had thrown a punch at him when he'd said those words, many a noble had hissed in anger at him over them. Hell, June's father had most assuredly done just that. But seeing June's situation is what had formed that opinion. She was locked, bound in chains to her shit parents and worse family just because of her blood. It was a shitty situation to the point she was ready to toss her birthright aside and disown her own noble family. If they didn't prove that being a noble wasn't all it was cracked up to be, he didn't know what did.
Either way, Bengal would offer a slight shrug as he smiled at the trio before slowly rising. Though he'd come here to relax it would appear the conversation was going to be headed down a path one would not call 'relaxing'. So, instead, the large man inclined his head with a slight smile and lifted his hand in farewell. "As much as I enjoy the embers, I still need to prepare for the Gala unfortunately or June and Suigin will have my head," he stated this in an amused, joking manner before glancing over to the side. "Perhaps I'll see you both there once the day arrives. Good evening to all three of you." With this, the large man would down his drink, before meandering toward the edge of the fire-lighted area.
Yuurei and Kouhei would hear Bengal’s story and Yuurei would smile at him. He knew that and it was why he loved commoners. They work harder for what they had and a lot of them were strong when they set their minds to completing their goals. Still, he chuckled at the last part because nobles didn’t think like that. They actually thought them just being alive made the world better. They thought everything they did made the world better, which usually everything they did was for themselves. It was sad that things were like that when it came to nobles, and it was what Yuurei himself had been trying to change. Still, freedom was an ideal thing, but he figured they were all a slave to the society they lived in. Yuurei was enslaved to wanting to make sure the kingdom was safe and nothing harmful came its way.
“I understand you on that Bengal. Commoners who work hard truly strive to greatness. I know a few commoners who have shown me that. I love that about them and it’s why in my squad I allowed commoners to join. There are commoners that have become stronger than nobles because they have worked their butt off to get there. A lot of nobles sit on their ass doing nothing and think they have it better than themselves and it is why they fall behind eventually.” He said to Bengal.
He wasn’t looking at Riley to show his tale was better, but he knew that Riley didn’t like commoners joining the Silver Eagle and his distaste expression had appeared ever since Yuurei had become Captain of the Silver Eagles.
“Still, you’re right nobles don’t have much freedom, but the same could be said to the commoners. We have a duty to our families, but it’s the same for commoners. They have duties for their home that they live in, the people they care for and just survival. I have a sense of duty to wanting to protect the kingdom I live in, so I understand. I mean of course, I’m just happy to do what I can to make this kingdom a better place, so if my freedom is not there, I don’t feel that way.” He said to Bengal.
Kouhei just stood there as he was drinking his hot chocolate and eat some more of the things that he had brought with him. This was some good stuff, and he was being warmed up by the fireplace in front of him. Still, it seemed like this guy was ready to leave, which he was fine with that. He didn’t care who stood or gone. Yuurei was surprised that he was leaving and when he heard the name June he had a smile on his face.
He knew who June was even though he didn’t get to speak to her like that. She was a part of his squad and she had been out on a lot of adventures from what he could tell. The girl was barely in the mansion, but he made sure to keep tabs on her. This must have been the guy that she had been traveling with, which was fine to Yuurei.
“I see I plan on being in the Gala as well, so if I see you there then we shall continue to talk more. I hope to see you again Bengal.” He said this to him as he watched him walk away and leave them.
Yuurei would look over to Riley and wondered if he was going to say anything, or if he was planning on staying quiet the whole time. It was interesting, but he could tell that Riley wasn’t happy to have bumped into him.
“Do you not like how I run things in the Silver Eagle, Riley? I have to ask you this because I’ve figured we need to have this talk eventually.” He said looking at him wondering what he would say or if he would walk up in left, or if he would just stay quiet.
[attr="class","marvekscroll"]Riley listened to Yuurei’s story as he told it. The Krane house was attacked by bandits. Apparently it was quite the battle, and what’s more, it was all simply a distraction so that another group of them could kidnap two specific Kranes. However, they only managed to find one of their targets according to the Captain. It was what prompted Yuurei to want to leave his home in the mountains in the first place. He wanted to experience what the kingdom was like to tell if it truly was as violent as it seemed. Riley figured that there had to be some heir of truth to it, considering the fact that it didn’t seem like one of those stories that someone would make up. However, none of it seemed like that for him. He’d lived in the noble region all his life. Even during the Four Years War, he never experienced anything as violent as what Yuurei described. Perhaps it was simply because no one was foolish enough to attack the Silvas, or maybe it was just because of how close they were to the capitol. Either way, from his perspective, the commoners were never the ones who tried anything that stupid. It was always their enemies that made the unforgivable mistakes. Those like the Diamond Kingdom made when they decided to take his sister. As Yuurei continued to speak about nobles needing to treat commoners better in order to avoid the risk of a civil war, Riley remained silent.
In his eyes, it was ridiculous to think that a civil war would be possible for the commoners of the kingdom. If they even tried anything as idiotic as that then they’d just be culled. Was it his favorite thing to think about? No. However, it was the blatant truth. It was why he believed that they remained to keep themselves in check even to this day. Despite their numbers, their power would never match up to those of the nobility, and that was a fact. He had a point about an event like that shaping the way the kingdom was, but it was to be expected. Thus far, the commoners hadn’t done anything that drastic, and for their sake, the water mage hoped that they never did. As for a response to Yuurei’s statement, anything that he said in response wouldn’t have served much of a purpose in the conversation. He knew exactly where he stood on the matter, and he was okay with that. He was never one of the nobles who treated commoners in a way that was harmful or insulting to them. Him and Bengal seemed to get along just fine. Not to mention the Silva had been able to get along with other commoners as well. However, that still didn’t change the fact that the commoners were outclassed when it came to battling against the nobles. It wouldn’t even be close.
Luckily, Bengal had something to say, otherwise the silence would’ve held for a rather long while. Bengal took a bit of a neutral approach to the matter, despite being a commoner. He explained that both sides had their benefits and disadvantages, which was true. However, Riley still believed that being a noble was the better walk of life. Of course, it having been the only thing he’d ever known, it made sense for him to think that way. Besides, the disadvantage that was listed was being bound to his family. Riley never once believed that being bound to his family was a bad thing. So what if it was a little harder for him to make friends because he was a Silva? He was eventually able to do it. He had always been proud to be a Silva, and that wasn’t going to change. It made him feel like he was a part of something, even if that meant not having any friends. He loved his family along with their flaws. He understood how they were viewed by the rest of the people in the kingdom, which helped him come to terms with how things like social status worked in Clover. Though at the end of the day, he wouldn’t trade being a Silva for anything.
With that, Bengal announced that he still needed to prepare for the Gala. As he left, he mentioned someone named June. Had he heard the name before or was he just going crazy? Either way, he shrugged it off and allowed the man to leave. Was the Gala something that he felt like attending? It could be fun. He gave a small wave to the man as he left, choosing to remain silent in light of the words that were passed around at the fire.
Without Bengal there, it was simply Riley, Yuurei, and Kouhei. Despite being a part of the same squad, it wasn’t exactly the most pleasant combination. Breaking up the silence, Yuurei asked a question. For the first time in seemingly forever, Riley actually agreed with the Captain. It was a conversation well in the making. The silver-haired boy stood to his feet and looked over at the Krane cousins. “I think you’re already well aware of the answer to that question… Captain.” the teen said.