An eagle gave a majestic shriek as it flew overhead the entourage of armed men and women about a hundred feet below, watching the mixture of blue and grey attire and weaponry making their way up the mountain and at a flat clearing within the mountain side. "Alright everyone, set your armaments here and get ready to clean up whatever forces remain of the Denquo; I don't want any survivors to retaliate against us later, got it?" a dark skinned male asked as he turned towards his soldiers. The rest of the blue and grey cladded men and women gave a salute or a high rise of their fist into the air. "Yes sir!" they all chimed in unison. Some of the soldiers grabbed for their muskets as others grabbed for more melee ranged weaponry like the staffs and double-edged swords.
One of the girls sifted through the ranks of the army however, gliding past the various mercenaries and trained assassins to go to the one in charge. The blond haired woman earned her stripes to be able to break from the orders given, at least, this particular one; after all, she was the general of his army. Once she made it to her leader and the one already accompanying him, she would swiftly take out a rolled up scroll of parchment before handing it the man. "Lex, the map." she said with a smirk. He turned towards her from facing his lover that was standing beside him, the remnants of laughter dying out just as the approaching woman reached him from a joke she had seemed to say a few moments ago.
He took the map from his loyal companion and tapped the rolled up map against the temple of his head several times, a devious smirk seeming to stretch on his face before he let it drop down to his side. "Excellent work Veronica, the Denquo should have thought twice before messing with the British Powers." he said before starting to unroll the map. The blond haired girl sneered as she adjusted her blue beret, tilting her head for a second towards the pillaged town before, several pillars of smoke rising from its position. "I'm pretty sure they're very aware now sir." she said, snickering a bit at their rather crude but effective results of eliminating their current targets.
Lex couldn't help but join in with the somewhat menacing snickering, his muscular arms folding over his chest as he relished a bit in his rather impressive track record. Five thousand of theirs for only two hundred of his, that was some really good numbers; he thought they would have put up more of a challenge for how much the Eastern forces were hyping them up to be. Of course, that was the problem with stories these days, they usually always got blown out of proportion. The young man was suddenly punched lightly in his arm by the fair lady beside him, stopping his rather intimidating laughter before turning to face the woman. A dark skinned woman who was his complexion and dressed in what seemed to be the most royal of robes, shaded in deep and dark blue designs that matched the vibrant color of her eyes.
She had a rather judging look on her face as she playfully wagged her finger at the two, mainly Lex, for their dark sense of humor. "See, this is why it's imperative that I'm around, you two can be so caught up in yourselves some times that I'm sure the recruits would get the wrong idea... Lex!" she said, snapping at Lex at the last moment before giving a bit of a playful glare to end her lecture. He sighed as he rubbed the back of his head, sifting through his black crew cut hair before turning to face the entranceway to a cave that was within the mountainside. "You're right you're right Pyra... jeez. Cut a guy some slack would ya?" he said before finally looking down and stretching out the map that was in his grasp. "Hahahaha... I am." she said half jokingly, half seriously.
Pyra was without a doubt in love with the devilish rogue, that's why she got married to him after all. But there was a cost to the daring excitement and gain in riches and status within the world, and that was Lex's arrogance. She made sure it didn't get out of hand, keeping him from making grave mistakes as long as she kept him in line. She wasn't calling the shots, nor did she want to, but she wanted her husband to keep making level-headed decisions, just like he had been when he first started out with his empire a few years back. If barking at him now and again or hurting his pride just a liiiiiiiiiittle bit was all it took at times, than she was more than happy to do it if it meant that he prospered and got to achieve his dreams in the end.
With the map in hand, he was one step closer to that very thing. Both Pyra and Veronica's curiosity got the better of them after about one full minute of silence, glancing over Lex's shoulder to look at the map as well. "Sir...?" Veronica called out, more than anxious to know what was the new plan for her and her men. Pyra was no better, twirling her finger through the curls in her black hair as she wondered why it was taking Lex so long to navigate the coordinates to the fabled treasure. She was about to say something as well, but Lex knew her a bit too well as he didn't even bother to look up from the map before quickly saying something himself. "Ah ah ah Pyra! Don't even start, I already know where to begin, I was just looking for other ways out in case something happens once we get in there. Based on what I see though, there are several exit routes within the cave, so we should be fine. Veronica, grab five of your finest men, we're going hunting." he ordered as he rolled up the piece of parchment and tucked it into the inside of the right side of his pants, under his shirt. The blood thirsty woman grinned as she gave a salute, more than proud to hear those orders given to her by the only man she trusted. "Yes sir!"
It was at this point that the vision began to fade, slowly dissipating into blackness before it slowly became full of color and imagery again. This time, eight blue and grey cladded people stood over what seemed to be a huddle of treasure chests within the small confines of a cave, a beam of sunlight somehow providing a ray of illumination on the biggest treasure chest of the bunch that was in the middle of the area. Lex had already opened it though, holding the new item in his hand as he inspected it, his deep blue eyes wandering over the weapon in hand.
The premise of it all was strange enough, having seemed like a regular Chinese sword until he picked it up from its confinement within the chest. The regular steel blade slowly formed into a deep blue one, the faded bronze hilt turning into a very shiny silver hue and an insignia of his hometown slowly etched itself on both sides of the blade. He wasn't sure what this meant, but he couldn't help but be fascinated. He could feel the surge of power flowing through him, immense power, power of intense magnitude. For a few seconds upon first holding it, he was almost anxious that he wouldn't be able to handle it if the power kept 'rising' and 'pressurizing' within him, but it leveled out and he couldn't help but grin.
"So is it the real deal? Is that really the Catalyst?" came Pyra's soft voice from behind. Lex nodded, still inspecting the seemingly ordinary weapon, besides its color change, before turning his head to glance at his wife. "I can feel the power that the legends spoke of, they weren't exaggerating when they said how much it gave off. Had it not been for that constant bickering of that old man insisting that I meditate and train my spirit, I'm honestly not sure I would have been able to handle its intensity." he admitted. The fair skinned woman gave a low 'oh' as she thought about this, knowing Lex wasn't exactly one to admit when he was almost bested or acknowledge the help of someone besides her and his immediate crew. She was finally starting to rub off on him perhaps...
"Either way, now that we have it, what's our next course of action Lex?" Veronica asked, more than anxious to already get started with their next campaign. That's why Lex had recruited her of course; he had seen the spark in her so long ago when she had tried to challenge him to a fight on the poor streets of London. Now, only three years later, she was his general and had led every campaign of his into success. Hopefully this very next one would have the same results, knowing that it was one of the most important ones to date of his life. He couldn't help but smirk as he gave it more thought, the eight of them finally exiting the cave as he looked out at the raided town once again that was about a mile away from the foot of the mountain. " We're going to go find this legendary Azure Knight, and then we're going to rid of him and his evil sword. It should be a piece of cake now." he said with a hint of excitement in his voice. And so, off they went, looking for the cursed knight and his demonic sword, wanting to do the world a favor by destroying the both of them.
Lex slowly awoke the next morning, a tired expression on his face as he gave a loud yawn and stretched as best he could. The sound of the city air resonated outside his window, slowly bringing his mind back to this time period that he was in as he slowly got out of bed and made his way to a fresh pair of clothes, preparing himself to take a shower and finish the completion of the scouter today. There were several questions buzzing through his mind however, a sense of excitement about wanting to go find that sword.
He had dreams about it before, knowing that it gave the wielder immense power, enough power to punch metal structures and make them blow away like it was nothing, enough endurance to run for days on end without seeming to break a sweat, enough tolerance to get an arm chopped off and not be fazed in the slightest, showing no hesitation on performing their next move. Had he not seen this for himself within the visions, he wouldn't have imagined that something like that was even fathomable. He made up his mind that right after fixing his scouter, his first course of action would be to look for the Catalyst.
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