~ Candaeln ~
Jarde knew that Tyaethe was no human but when she showed off her own teeth, the fangs were undeniable. Was she a vampire? Weren't vampires unwelcome in the Churches? Then how was Tyaethe a Paladin? Jarde promptly stopped thinking about it. He was no adept in the rules and teachings of Reon and Mayon so there was probably some exception that he was not aware of.
More than that, Tyaethe shifted her appearance as they made their way to the baths. Turning more adult and becomes a mature woman as they arrived. More things that Jarde did not know that the Paladin could do. Just what was the extent of her abilities?
"Now, people are all too eager to forget this, but we've never been the best at fancy parties. The very first time the Iron Roses were invited to one... Well, Elly was wearing a borrowed dress too big for her, and I was the only other knight at the point. There's nowhere to go from up from a peasant girl who's never had that much fine wine around and a vampire."
"I-Is that so?" Jarde was not sure about that. Two hundred years ago, the Iron Rose Knights had just started out so they could be forgiven for being... unusual in formal events. But now they're a fully-fledged order, respected by all of Thaln. Appearing like a ragtag bunch would not do well for the Iron Rose's image and, by extension, dignity. At least that was what Jarde thought. Perhaps the Iron Rose Knights were always known as being unorthodox.
"It seems that the captain's already in the baths. If she's nearly done I'll let you tell her the news."
"U-Umm, Lady Radistirin. Please, I don't need to be the one to relay the message." Jarde said as Maritza entered the baths. "You can just be the one to tell the Captain and everything will be dandy."