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With the announcement of the Vanguard's Regent Commander stepping down from his official duties and essentially just staying on as a figurehead, the inner workings of the organization had been closely monitored by its Northwestern Warden. While others might think it a good time to solidify their own power and potentially try snatching the reigns of leadership, Kai was entirely focused on ensuring the continued stability and health of the organization. For that reason he'd begun taking up more difficult missions and communicating with his fellow Vanguard members more. One of the main individuals he wished to grow bonds with was a more recent recruit, Ghislain Eberhart. As First Sword of the Boros Guard, his responsibilities focused on protecting Karakura and Japan. However, Kai knew neither was lacking in protectors. It was obvious, especially for someone with a history of command, Ghislain likely wouldn't be satisfied with his limited and uninteresting role.
For this reason Kai sought him out. However, it seemed Kai managed to just barely miss the Quincy. Ghislain had already left on some adventure, determined to reach the end no matter what. Fortunately Kai was just as determined to achieve what he'd set out to do. Finding out the general location his target had left for wasn't too difficult as practically everything in the world was video taped or had a paper trail of some kind. This was made even easier by the fact Ghislain had done nothing to conceal his movements or presence whatsoever. So with the newfound information of the Quincy heading for Alaska, Kai set forth on his journey.
Soon after departing Kai found himself in the tundra wilderness of America's lost state. At some point the Yayjuu had taken over as the region's authority, separating it from the rest of its old Union's states. This bit of history was important to Kai's adventure because the United States was occupied by Shadowfall, an organization which would be significantly less welcoming to a Vanguard Warden such as himself. Residual evidence of Ghislain's Reiatsu made the next stage of Kai's tracking only a bit more difficult than the beginning. Through kilometers of both forests and plains green and white alike, Kai continued his trek unburdened of worries. Worst case scenario he'd head home and wait for Ghislain to resurface, so he wasn't too troubled by the hours spent hiking and marching.
The sounds of bubbling brooks and crunching of leaves beneath his feet were rapidly replaced by the eerie silence inherent to Alaska's colder northern territory. The temperature change meant nothing to Kai, his bloodline's Jade Flame raging within his body. Following Ghislain's trail caused him to change direction once again, this time turning him southeast. The Quincy's spiritual pressure was strong here, and with his eyes laid on the same mountain as Ghislain's Kai quickened his pace. Even from this distance he could sense his target's general position, near the base of the mountain. Sprinting forward with renewed vigor and purpose, Kai aimed to cut the gap between the two as swiftly as possible. After another hour or so he was finally caught up to Vanguard's Boros Guard leader. Though the trip would have been next to impossible for any regular man, Kai stood strongly and confidently against the wind and cold which permanently covered this remote Alaskan region. Wanting to get the man's attention Kai sucked air into his lungs then expelled it in a yell that he believed would reach Ghislain's ears. "GHISLAIN EBERHART!"
When Ghislain turned to walk to meet Kai, the latter started moving again. There was little to fear here out in the wilderness away from civilization. In fact, Kai didn't even bother looking around to assess whether his yell had aroused any hidden troubles or predators. If there were any creatures or enemies capable of drawing his attention, Kai didn't think he would have much trouble dispatching them. For this reason his gaze remained calmly trained on the Quincy walked toward him. This was the first time he'd met Ghislain Eberhart face to face so he certainly wanted to make a good impression. Appearing completely at home in the frozen arctic tundra in just a green suit and brown loafers, Kai definitely stuck out like a sore thumb against the white backdrop of snow stretching to the horizon. Despite this, a great big smile stretched almost from ear to ear on the human's face.
Once Ghislain reached the Warden, he might notice a calming unseasonable warmth radiating from the man. Despite no extra clothing or machinery of any kind, Kai's footprints behind him were entirely devoid of both snow and water. It seemed whatever his power, at the very least it was heat related. When Ghislain guessed at why Kai was there, the Warden spoke up in response in order to clear up any confusion about the situation. "Oh no, not at all. I'm here because because I've been wanting to meet you ever since you joined the Vanguard. I definitely don't expect you to spend every hour of every day in Karakura." Kai ended his statement with a small chuckle at the idea of Ghislain being forced to stay in Karakura. While the Vanguard was a large organization with organized military aspects, members were still given some autonomy and free will to make their own decisions. At least, if it didn't go against the Vanguard's mission statement.
When Ghislain spoke and turned back to the mountain, Kai began walked too. After patting the Quincy's back with his right hand in a gesture of friendliness, Kai spoke again to his fellow Vanguard officer. "Listen, the real reason I'm here is because I wanted to talk to you about the future of the Vanguard. With Desmond Hayden retiring from his official duties, what we need right now is stability and leadership. I know you don't interact much with other commanders or Wardens, but I want you to know we need people like you now more than ever. In fact-" As he spoke Kai pulled a folded document from his jacket's inner pocket and handed it to Ghislain. "- I was hoping you'd accept the position of Unknown. It comes with more freedom and makes it easier for you to live your own life and, in times of war, join the front lines. This would be your new job description and contract. Ok well, with that out of the way. Today I want to spend some time getting to know you and working with you, so I'll follow whatever you decide."
With official business done, Kai continued walking alongside Ghislain. Once they reached the mountain, he listened to Ghislain closely, hanging on to every word with growing interest. Kai watched him open the ancient Quincy door, enamoured by the magic and technology. As they stepped through the doorway, he spoke again except this time more quietly. "It's incredible ruins like this can still exist given all the chaos and war in the world. Here, I've got a light." With his left hand lifted up, a bright green flame appeared above Kai's palm, washing the dusty walls and floor in a verdant glow. The next step of their adventure was just beginning.