This was more like it. Cassandra had become worried that all of her expectations of the school were going to be slowly ground to dust by her partner. Here, though, there were other mages, the first she had been around since her tutor. Well, without vampires around, anyway, that hardly counted. It was nice to see her own kind milling about freely, without interference from the ruling class. And yet, there were those here who clearly could not escape the shadows of their masters, masters worse than her own. Her partner
. Not master, never that. She thought she had enough sense of him to be confident he wouldn't dare try to put a collar on her.
After the introduction, they were all milling about, young adults with minimal supervision. So of course, there was showing off. Cassandra didn't mind so much, except to be frustrated that she didn't have much to show herself yet, at least not on the level of the upper level mages. She didn't have a strong concept of how far ahead she actually was in terms of study. She thought about what she could do, and began to ask around where was the best place to show off the skills she had actually been able to put into practice.
She was pointed to the Arena Guild.
There were a few students gathered here already, and even Princess Ryner's assistant, Sariel. Cassandra supposed she had been tasked with monitoring the new students. From what she knew, the Princess was every bit as invested in the mages of her academy as the vampires.
Cassandra came to stand next to a sullen looking boy, whose dress took away some of the anxiety she had about her own. She was wearing sneakers with leggings and a loose top, and up until seeing him, she'd thought herself underdressed. "Hi,"
she said to the boy as she started to fill out her own application for the guild. "If you're a first year too, we might end up beating each other to a pulp here!"
She indicated the guild table, her tone unaccountably cheerful.@Scribe of Thoth