- Jan 1, 2009
Chapter 1: Expendable
There is little complication to the life that a normal man leads. There is little to be said about them. Samuel is one who would blend in amongst human society. His name unknown to the more important names that be, the men and women who speak with angels almost daily. Heroes. Samuel, a mere scout, is what they would call 'expendable'. Even if he were to vanish, his disappearance would still bring them valuable information about his destination. There are rarely search parties officially sent to recover scouts either. It's a kind of job where one can vanish and no one would be surprised.
So, naturally, there were lots of job opportunities. The job market was quite open for expendables, as they had a habit of vanishing, as well as warding off the wise. This is how Samuel was easily able to land an audience with a famous hero. A woman by the name of Adelie. Samuel was to meet her in an Order controlled town, somewhere within the East-Central area of the continent. The town was called Roselake, a characteristic name granted by the beautiful roses that bloom, and it's scenic lake, a place of much romance.
Samuel's instructions were to meet with his employer, Adelie, in the outskirts of town. Given his life choices so far, accepting these terms meant he could support himself with the pay. He had little choice but to accept. So, as he would wait as instructed, a woman and her company were heard trotting closer to him on their armored horses. Once close enough, Samuel would get a chance to see a renowned Hero up close, and in their full glory. Her armor was brilliantly well designed, with wings coming from her helmet, and purple energy emanating from her decorated blade. Stories of Adelie did the introductions, as Adelie would give not her name to Samuel. Even down to her physical appearance, the world of the Order made it difficult for Samuel to not know who she was, unless he plugged his ears and ran away screaming at the very mention of a hero or the Order's warriors. Then he'd have a chance, but would hardly last in society.
Adelie was a woman first credited with having killed over a thousand mamono by her own blade, thus allowing her to be named by God as a Hero of Humankind. Her existence is safeguarded preciously by the Angels, who are aware that Adelie has the potential to become one of the most dangerous mamono in the world should she be transformed from a human woman, and her spawn would be equally terrifying. She lives solely for the purpose of exterminating mamono from the world, and forever removing their threat. She knows of no other joy or hobby. Rumors say that she won't even sit down for a conversation that doesn't involve spending her time thinking of how to next crush the mamono presence. Samuel would have reason that his task would be to scout north, into the land of Zippangu, as Adelie is rumored to desire the heads of the mystical mamono gods of the Zippangu forests. If any warrior of the human race has the power to kill a god, Adelie was a fair candidate to be one. To that regard, one mustn't mistake her beauty for softness. Her heart seems to only know and love combat, with little room for mercy or human relation.
Samuel was approached by Adelie and her personal guard of what seems to be a hundred elite warriors and a tall male angel, who wore white plated armor, and had the wings and halo to attribute himself as a messenger of god. He wore full armor, allowing no visible interpretation of his physical appearances. Once within talking distance, Adelie halted herself and her company, as if decided she was as close as she needed to be to Samuel. "Praise the Lord. Samuel, I presume?" Adelie said a word of respect to God, before inquiring as to whether or not she had the right man. "I was given a recommendation for you thanks to your father's fame. I've a mission for you of most importance. You are indeed a scout, yes?" she inquired further.