Atop the stone ramparts of the city walls, a young woman by the name of Vanadise stood at the ready, gazing out across the sea that surrounded the western peninsula. She was a bit small for her age, nearly a few months past her twenty fifth birthday, but she made up for it with athletic skill. She was training to become the first in the Lynn family line to become one of the Rose Vanguard. Already, she had shown exceptional prowess with a halberd and sword, as well as unwavering loyalty to the Lordship of Ursa. This land was her home, after all. She was raised in a village not far from the castle, and longed to visit the royal courts and parties when she was a little girl. These aspirations changed, as most do, as she grew older. After one too many scuffles with some of the more uncouth boys of her village, she began to teach herself how to fight. Secretly, at first, but it was not long before people found out why those same boys were starting to return home with bloody lips and bruises. As one would expect, she was scolded for her behavior, but even the boys she fought would not deny she was a skilled brawler. By the time she passed into her teenage years, she was offered a chance to learn swordplay from a retired member of the Rose Vanguard. That was when she decided to strive towards achieving that rank herself.
As her skills increased, she became part of the Town Guard, then moved to the city and became an officer of the City Guard. It was only a few years until she joined the Royal Guard, and soon after became a Knight. Trained to fight in chain mail, Vanadise preferred the use of her Halberd, but kept a broadsword and round shield as a backup for engagements in close quarters. Now, she waited for the day when she could face the trials to become part of the Rose Vanguard.
The woman talked to herself, as she often did while alone on patrol, "I shouldn't be too long. The Captain will surely give me my trial, I just need to be ready." Vanadise tightened her grip on the halberd that rarely left her side, "If the rumors are true, if War is coming-" Her thoughts trailed off for a moment as she looked away from the sea and faced the city.
"I need to be ready."