@Rai@RumikoOhara"I am pleased fine knight. Continue to guide me to your destination."
said the Allseer as she let Mason lead the way to the castle. Now tasked with escorting not just one, but now TWO
maidens of seemingly high importance, the young knight's senses were laser focused on making sure no danger awaited the group on the path ahead.
So focused he was on the path ahead, Mason nearly jumped at the Allseer's touch, "Wait one moment. This is fascinating!"
For such a powerful and knowledgeable individual, it was nearly chilling to see how enamored she was by simple pyrotechnics, even as a slave Mason had known about such things. Just how long had she been inside that cave?
Before he could ponder the thought any further, the Allseer's curiosity seemed to be satisfied, with what seemed to be.... Confusion? Disapproval? It was hard to tell.
As they drew closer to the castle, Mason's curiosity began to get the better of him, as he began to listen in on the conversation happening behind him. As if on queue, the question "Are you married yet?"
came up. As if merely amusing herself, the Allseer followed the question with, "This handsome knight is VERY brave. Perhaps he will do?"
His face turning red at such a statement, Mason tuned out of their conversation, shaking his head and regaining his composure. A hero needed no such distractions.
After some time, Mason found himself before a guarded gate. Large seraphim knights stood at the ready. Their armor and weapons, wings and height all being finely detailed and huge. They made an X formation before the front doors which stretched 30 feet high. "Stop. May we see your entrance passes."
They said in unison."I- uh..."
Just as Mason went to speak, Illia stepped forward. "I am Illia Illumi. The Seer of All. This is my friend, Ami Lovegood. I sense your fear for her safety, she is safe with us. Do not worry."
She spoke the last sentence in a demanding tone. Her eyes flashing a bright white before returning to normal. The two knights bowed, dropping their weapons on the ground. They both reached one hand to slide the door open with a slow stone creep as it dragged along the floor. As he passed the knights, Mason once again kindly asked that they allow his companions through later.
Entering the hall, the group was beholden to an incredible sight; housed plants and tirelessly polished stone marbles met on fine rugs. Along the walls were various paintings of massive proportions of various Vrondian leaders. Above it all was of the King himself, almost like the sun itself, his painting represented his desire to shine light on the world.
"This way please." A servant beckoned with a overtly cheery chime in his voice. He had small wings on his back and a single polished horn on his head. He walked with a fast but meticulously formed walk. Opening this time to much smaller doors he let them observe the large banquet hall. Royals and food appearing to fill every crack and seam of the room. Stepping into the the banquet, Mason felt the predatory stares of drunken elites falling upon the pair of maidens behind him; returning hostile glances in kind to the drunks.
As he began to make his way through the room looking for King Vrondi, Mason was stopped by a figure in cracked, unkempt, and downright filthy armor."Lovely evening you lot. I am required to ask for your citizenship badges if you'd be so kind to oblige."
The young seraphim's heart sank; he didn't have a citizenship badge. With a nervous smile he began to explain the situation to the knight before him, "Well- um... Pardon my boldness sir, but I don't have a citizenship badge..."
Mason began, nervously rubbing the back of his neck. "You see, just this morning, I was a Neroan slave getting auctioned off at the Blood Banquet... Come to find out the Aion show up to free a bunch of us, things happen.... and well, now I'm an Aion knight! My first assignment was to complete a quest for King Vrondi himself and it would be rude to keep him waiting! Could you perhaps direct me the King's location so that I may report my success to him?"