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Fallen Blossoms
Topic Started: Mar 19 2018, 12:36 AM (98 Views)
Reya Starlyght
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Verba volant, scripta manent.

It was odd, for although Camilla was a knight, she rarely ever visited Chrysanthemum. Of course, with the whole Boscan War going on, it did make some sense, but at the same time wouldn't it be better if the High Castle Arlan was well-fortified with soldiers were Fiore's opposing nation to strike? While the city wasn't necessarily on the border, or at least not nearly as much as places like Oak Town or Acacia, the most recent clashes with her home country had only proven one thing, that the Boscan war machine was much more formidable than any strategist had predicted. Maybe that was why she had been sent back, at least for some time. Or perhaps it was just a matter of the knights biding their time.

The barracks in the stronghold were far more clean and orderly than the various other stations she had been assigned to, from the temporary accommodations in Akane Resort that were really just hotel rooms with overused elevators to the literally collapsing Outpost Rogue in the Mazahar Basin. Of course, there was also the front lines, but unlike most of the ranks of knights, Camilla had an attachment to the very terrain from where they had fought, nay it had been more like a massacre, a nightmare beyond belief. She knew the sacrifices that war wrought upon all of its participants, but the sniper hadn't prepared herself for die Eisenstadt. A moving mountain, it had been. In the back of her mind, Camilla wondered if there were städte.

She tucked the corners of her bedsheets under her cot just as a bell rang, signaling the end of one eight hour shift and the beginning of another. Not that it really mattered, she had the day off, or well what was called passive duty keeping an eye on the festival that was occurring in the Cathedral Quarter. It had something to do with an annual celebration of flowers, which did make sense, she supposed, as the nation was named Fiore. Nonetheless, after getting changed into her standard uniform and slipping a black glove over her left hand, Camilla started the walk over to the sector.
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Val had been hearing a lot of talks about a festival on a nearby city, so she had eventually made up her mind on checking it out, after all, even if she came to this country to learn more about it, and possibly expand The Pact's influence here in the future, it didn't mean she had to be always working. Although it did make her feel somewhat guilty. But then again, learning about the culture of the country is also a part of learning about the country itself.

The City itself left Val in awe at first. The sheer size of its walls was absurd, and when she noticed the thickness, she was mind blown.

"It seems the talk about this city being near impenetrable in a full scale war is not that far fetched.", she thought to herself.

Val had received a lot of info on the main cities of Fiore, after all, if she was to seek knowledge about this country she should be aware of what The Pact already knew, and where she had better odds of finding more important information. And Chrysanthemum as the military center of Fiore was without a shadow of a doubt, as focal point of any future information gathering missions she might take on herself.

But today she was here for a less shadowy reason. Entering the city thru the main gates, she found a b a city that was full on with the festivities. It was to be thought that a city with such a hard outside look would be more cold but the way the sun spread its light thru the flower covered streets lefts an afterglow that calmed the heart.
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Despite the festivities, Camilla's face was unusually solemn, even for her. Part of it was because she was supposed to be keeping an eye out on the sector, but the other half was that she just didn't understand the point of holding a celebration of flowers when there was a war going on just beyond the reach of borders. It was such a beautiful sight, blossoms quite literally drifting across the street, spreading color and joy to the typically orderly city. Yet, the beauty only magnified the terror, in some ways. Every part of the knights was hurting after the most recent battle with Bosco, where a guard should have been stood nothing but a tornado of petals. Her country was likely also suffering, or at least enlisting more farmers and schoolboys to their cause.

The Boscan was reminded, over and over again, of reality. There would never be a festival during a bloody war where she was from. The very idea seemed almost absurb, dishonorable at the least. Here she was, though, walking through roads crowded with children playing and parents watching and chatting. There was nothing to suggest illicit activity, after all who would be foolish enough to try such in the knight's capital? As a matter of fact, a little girl had just walked up to Camilla and tugged at her uniform, holding out a flower. "My momma said to give this to you, ma'am," she mumbled.

She bent down toward the ground, smiling at the child. "Oh, thank you! Do you want to put it in my hair?" Camilla asked. The girl eagerly nodded, running around and slipping the chrysanthemum into her bun. "What's your name?"

The child's grin widened. "Mia! I want to be a knight like my daddy when I grow up!" she exclaimed. Camilla looked over at the woman nearby, watching them with a grim expression. Then, she patted the girl's shoulder.

"Keep at it, then, Mia."
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Val did not know what to make of the festival around her. Yes, it was without any doubt a beautiful event but considering the current war situation it was somewhat out of place, and yet, at the same time, she believed it was an essential for the civilian wellbeing in both mind and body, as even if war was to arrive to this city in particular, having the civilian worry about it before it actually happened would cause far too much damage to both economy and safety within the walls.

As things stood, the civilian way of life was preserved perfectly. What more was that they were aware of the work done by their protectors and the respect they had towards them. That was easily seen by how the people reacted to the guards that walked around the city for public safety. But the most evident evidence was the heartwarming sight of a little girl offering a flower to a knight.

If anyone could see Val's face they would be seeing a warm smile, despite the fact that she was wearing a black cloak with a hood that covered most of her head and face, but hey at least they could still see her smile, just not the rest of her face. It was not her intention to hide her face, and she was not even aware that she looked a little suspicious, but she had been traveling for so long that she didn't even notice her own situation was a little abnormal.

She was standing there watching that gentle situation, and she began to think about the problems back on her own country. Even with The Pact working on the shadows to help the people, there was still a great flow of orphans that every year were taken in by the White Mantle, and still even tho a regular person would be happy to have more siblings, the circumstances of Val's new brothers and sisters were not ones that would make anyone so. The worst part about wars, were that the children were always the one to get the most hurt.
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As she rose back to a standing position, Mia's mother taking the girl away to some unknown destination, Camilla looked around the gathering again, not surprised that nothing has changed in terms of potential threats. No, that wasn't true. On the cusp of the crowd stood a tall figure, their black cloak cutting a gap in the peace of the festival. A person to keep her eyes on, perhaps, but she would not act on appearance alone. Or maybe not, there was no one else that seemed even remotely close to a public threat. Granted, Camilla wasn't the best at analyzing such things.

She hadn't been trained as a guard, or for civilian policing. Truthfully, her only experience in such things before this assignment had been in Akane Resort, and during that time things had been far from unexciting. The disturbance of peace had probably been caused, at least indirectly, by the Boscan War, for many veterans of it had chosen to stay in the area. The sniper supposed that the most important battles were often not fought on the front at all. The little girl had only served as a reminder of that, and to Camilla in particular a recollection of the family she had left behind.

Yes, when she was a child she had been a lot like Mia, looking up to the military as an example, not as though she had any other choice, of course. That still hadn't changed her sincere regard, at least for a long time. Now, the Boscan knew better, and yet here she was, among the ranks of the Knights of Fiore. With that, she had a duty, and so she deliberately approached the individual who chose to hide their identity, making it quite obvious that she was doing so. After all, it was possible that they were no threat whatsoever, but if one did arise she was prepared.
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Val was thinking it was about time for her to go explorer a different part of the city, and was beginning to turn away when she realized the knight was moving towards her. At first she thought she was over reacting and the knight just happened to come her way for no reason other than a coincidence, but she then noticed that the knight's eyes were on her, so the chances of the knight approaching her, be doing so do to her, were actually pretty high.

At this point Val finally noticed that she still had her hood up and her black cloak even with all the leaf green details was still rather conspicuous. Val felt like facepalming but it didn't reflect in her actions other than a mental one. How could she have made such a blunder? Well, maybe she was so impressed with the city and the festivities that she never actually got to think about her current attire, even if her current attire was her every day one.

Alas, there was nothing she could do now, even if she wanted to avoid the attention of the local law enforcement, it was still not as if she had done anything wrong so she didn't feel like there would be any problem with it. So Val slowly raised her arms to open up her cloak and lowered her hood. Her long braided pony tail was already visible due to the hole on her hood from where it came out, but now her green hair was clearly visible, and the now open cloak allowed her green one piece short dress to be noticeable.

Val did all this to try and put the knight at ease, but she wasn't really capable of putting a smile when she dealt with strangers, so she currently held an expressionless face, that would hopefully not put the approaching knight on guard too much.
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Even though the cloaked figure Camilla had approached revealed themself soon, a female to the sniper's surprise, considering her height, she was still obligated to follow through on her investigation of sorts. No, the woman probably hadn't done anything wrong, but her attire hinted that she probably wasn't familiar with Chrysanthemum, and compared to the other people in attendance, most of them either civilians of the city or off-duty knights, the woman, with her green hair, black cloak, and absence of footwear certainly did standard out. Her leniency toward showing skin certainly contrasted Camilla's own, only her face, top half of her neck, and right hand uncovered. Others probably questioned why she always stuck to the uniform she wore, or at least other conservative outfits, but the creaking of metal told half the truth, her upbringing the other.

No, the Boscan wasn't particularly on guard, considering both her surroundings and that she hadn't determined a true threat, but neither was her posture casual, after all it never was. Back straight, chin up, arms at her side in an unassuming position. She took such a stance automatically, the results of years of military training and being surrounded by those who expected nothing less. Within a pace or two she walked, looking up at the woman.

"You're not from around here, are you?" Camilla asked, more of an assumption than a question. She had let the practiced voice she had spoken with the girl from before drop, exposing, although not entirely obvious, her accent.
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Val was half expecting the approaching knight to be wary of her, but the question she was asked did fall somewhat outside her prediction. To be honest, Val was expecting to be outright asked for identification or something of the sort, but fortunately it seemed she did not look that suspicious as to be deemed a possible threat outright. Still, being noticed so easily would have made her the laughing stock of The Order Of Whispers, had she been an agent for them that is. Then again, they would probably think something on the line of it being natural for her to be found considering she belonged to the brawn over brain Vigil. Both orders had always been at odds due to their contrasting methods, although that fact also made them acknowledge the need for cooperation.

In Val's case, being of the Vigil, it was natural for her to prefer to act within the 'law' of fairness, rather than use underhanded methods. That preference, however, did not bind her.

Val's surprise to the knight's question did not last more than a moment, but that moment was enough to allow her to notice the accent on the woman's voice, it was possible she had not been born on this country, or belonged to a far different region. There was much Val did not know about Fiore.

"That is indeed true.", Val answered with a small nod and calm voice, "I have arrived recently to this country from Seven, where I was born and raised, and have yet to learn the way around this city.", Val added truthfully, has she had no reason not to, at least not at the moment.
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