There is a legend that tells of seven friends: Kato Kiyomasa the samurai, Vladimir the vampire, Sabir Issusha the wolf demon, Bleak Ludwik the warrior, Cair the mage, Josef Korkov the archer, and one of which who will remain unnamed. These friends were all brought together with intertwining fates. Now five years after they met, their quiet life is being ruined, because King Amiran, of the kingdom of Raiinon, has been corrupted with power. He used to call on them as a band of protectors of his kingdom. Now though, he has tried to get them to join with him and his evil.
Some claim he's gone mad. Others have heard rumors of a powerful and evil gem that has taken his soul, but not much is known. He is destroying villages needlessly and taxing the heart and soul out of the peoples and demons that use to coexist peacefully. He has sent his armies to other kingdoms to slaughter what he once considered allies, now they are all enemies. But he keeps a few hundred in the kingdom, to kill off the demon race. For suddenly, in his eyes, they are foul and evil. Because of him, the land is dying. Farmers are desperate for money because their soil is dry and hard and nothing will grow. The lakes and rivers all also drying out and many are gone. In relation to this, people are starving and dying of thirst.
Prince Kailan has secretly asked them for help. But it was a large blow to their pride deciding that they weren't ready for something like that yet. So they decided to split up, to become stronger, learn more of their pasts, and try to find out more about what is going on with the King of Raiinon. Then they split, leaving each other for two years, doing just what they set out to do. During that time the king had gained more control, the kingdom continues to die, and he has acquired more allies.
The unnamed friend had broken the vow and joined the side of the King. He is now Amiran's most loyal and trusted servant. The traitorous friend, named Craig Stonefist, Craig, to his friends, has spilled every secret about them that he knows to the king. He has told him of their plans against him, their strengths and their weaknesses. Now the king has guards on alert knowing that this upcoming day was the day they would meet up. Letting think all is fine and then hunt them down using the King's guard, all led by the renowned Captain of the Guard, Caim Caerleon.
They are all unaware of the betrayal by their friend, and have no clue what dangers and curves await them ahead. And this is where their tale begins.
The Inn was bustling with the casual crowd tonight, a dedicated crowd. It was quite the rainy night, and anyone out in it was a fool, unless they had more serious matters to attend to. The doors to the inn flung open, spraying everyone sitting near the door with little droplets of water that had been residing on the door. A man with a cloak on walked in through the doors, heading to a table off in the far corner. While he was marching to the corner, he reached out from under his cloak to grab two more chairs along the way. Doing so gave show to his katana and outfit, some of the people knew who he was just by that as he frequented the area. Others just thought of some samurai wannabe.
Upon arriving at the table, he swung both the chairs around and set them down facing the table. He walked clockwise around the table to the other side to place himself in the corner so that he may watch the rest of the bar. He pulled a chair out and sat down, removing his hood shortly afterwords. His appearance was young and stern, yet he had knowledge and experience that no one in the room at the time could know of.
The bars keep came over after a few minutes, asking if he would like anything to drink. “I’ll have a whiskey sir, and please round up six more glasses of water for my friends who are expected here any time.” The bars keep smiled and nodded his head as he retreated behind the bar to retrieve Kato’s glass of whiskey. Kato wasn’t much of a drinker, but liked to have something in him before he sat down with everyone. It relaxed him more.
The bartender came over shortly after he had taken his order with the glass of whiskey; he retreated again to get the six glasses of water. Kato wasn’t sure what everyone would want to drink, so he ordered something simple to be polite. Soon after there were six glasses of water sitting still all around the table waiting to be drank. “It’s been two years since we agreed to split .” Kato whispered to himself as he took a sip of his whiskey and drew it a few inches away from his mouth. “Today is the day we agreed upon.” He slammed the rest of the whiskey down and set the empty glass on the table. ‘I hope they all come back.’ He thought as he sat and watched the crowd of the inn go on about its usual routine.