Number 117, that was her name; Serenity is what the unknowing called her. Being mute and strictly forbidden to show her powers to those who do not know part from in emergencies, even now when she had been cast out, she could not correct them, but when she heard the name, Serenity, she thought it was very ironic, since she was made for battle, so she had come to like it.
She had always followed the way that her “mother” had taught her about, being praised when she did. She liked praise, and she was sure that she would be praised a lot when she was done with this quest, both by the father of the girl, and the sisters at the church.
She pulled down her hood and mask and knocked on the door to the room, waiting for the men inside to call her in, the call came and she strode in, being so nervous she almost shook in her boots.
"Hello gentlemen, I am Serenity and I am here to join in on the quest to find the Lord’s daughter" she signed fast and fluently. "I want to help you find her, and I don’t need any payment for my services, it’s a heroes duty after all" she hoped that she didn’t come across as greedy or too arrogant.
Traynt immediately looked at the girl, slightly confused. She was dressed as a traveler but she was, well. A girl. "I'm sorry girl, but we are interviewing for help with a--"
"Traynt, she is here for that. She must be mute, but I can interpret." He took a moment and repeated to Marcurio and Traynt what she had said. Upon further study, both Traynt and Ateo could feel something was odd about her. She wasn't small exactly, but her face was young. Then again, she looked fit and there was the slight feeling of power in her. Perplexed at how much of her was aloof, Ateo asked "how old are you Serenity?"
He studied her intently, Ateo's gaze piercing into her. It didn't feel intimidating--well perhaps a little, but it was curiosity mixed with the feeling that she could tell him whatever she felt necessary, so long as it wasn't a lie.
"What should I do now? I don’t even know the exact age myself. " she was perplexed. "I….honestly don’t really know, but I would guess that I am not too far away from the age of eighteen. I have been at a secluded church for a long time, I did not really keep track on time, I’m sorry" sadness and regret for not knowing made their way into her complexion.
"Well, Serenity. 18 seems young to be sending out on a quest amidst the ranks of goblins and giants, and who knows what else. I am a priest after all. What makes you think I should feel comfortable going out into these dangers knowing the posibility you could be hurt?" Traynt could definitely sense something underneath her, but he didn't want to send a girl with power out to die in the wild. Nor did he want to send her with the group if she needed to be watched and cared for by the other group.
Ateo nodded at the question and studied the girl in what was a more casual manner. Marcurio moved forward and whispered into Ateo's ear, "why are we even entertaining this?" Ateo leaned up and whispered, "patience."
He then shook his hand, dismissing Marcurio as he would a real coinsman, smirking at the backwards scenario and taking advantage of it.
"I can take care of myself!" her signing increasing in pace, her face changing from remorse into anger. "I fear none a goblin nor giant, I fought in the last war. I stood in the front lines during the final battle and I'm still alive to speak about it!........or sign about it at least" her fast arm movements caused her cloak to shift behind her, giving the men short glimpses of her swords. "If anything, evil should fear me, and if it's goblins and giants that have taken the girl, they shall find no peace in this world, if they haven't the one who has shall not" she finished her signing outburst, her face returning to normal.
As she signed, again, Ateo repeated her words to the other two, smirking appreciatively at her comments. "Giants. Goblins. They will not fear you. And that makes them dangerous Serenity. Remember that. Fear is a tool, but not a weapon. Anyway. I have a few questions for you. What can you provide the group that we may not already have in abundance? And if you come across a source of information who is unwilling to divulge information, how are you going to handle that?"
"I am a good fighter and tracker, and I can, 'see things'. Evil magic has little or no effect on me and I can see into souls if they have bartered with evil." all small grin appeared on her face. "I fight evil wherever I find it, both with my swords and with my soul" she signed proudly.
"As for information acquisition...if it's an evil person, my interrogation skills are one of a kind, but if it's a good person I can't, my code forbids me and I'll fight anyone who tries to harm him or her. Evil should be fought with evil, and good things should be cherished, that is also part of my code."
The three watched her, Ateo speaking as she signed. However, after she spoke to them of fighting evil, the look on Ateo's face changed slightly and his voice was a little more...deflated?
Once finishing, to the surprise of the other two and most likely the girl before him, he signed back to her. "Evil you say. Be careful what you consider evil, Serenity. The gods often dictate what is evil, whispering their lies and their manipulations and man eats it up, following blindly, like damned sheep. To the enemy of your god, YOU are evil, Serenity. But very seldom will you see any of your gods here, fighting their own battles. Standing behind their own lies and their words at the threat of dying. The moment you stop THINKING about what gods say and act without thinking, you're a fool. A god damned fool."
Then Ateo looked towards both Traynt and Marcurio and nodded. Marcurio didn't respond, but Traynt nodded. Well enough.
When Ateo spoke next, he was slightly agitated, but forced his bitterness down. "Serenity. You are accepted. If you have nothing further for us, please step through the door and help yourself to a seat and whatever food or drink you would like." His tone had a hint of anger behind it, but all of the other 3 people in the room could tell it was not directed towards the girl, but it was there none the less.
Serenity looked sad, she felt pity for the man, pity for all the anger he carried inside. "I want to look inside of him, but the code forbids" she thought dejected. Instead she waked up to Ateo and stroked his cheek and formed the words for: "Don't let your anger consume you, or you shall become anger itself" with her mouth. Afterwards she put her right hand on his heart and her left on her own, and then went towards the door to the next room.
When she came to the door, she heard that they were doing introductions inside. "Cheer up, you have to give them a good impression" she thought to herself, trying to cheer herself up. "All right, here we go" she then opened the door and entered the room. However, after she did, she was dumbfounded; Cassandra was there, the one whom she had chased, the one she had run away from the church to follow, that same Cassandra was here, in this room.