Waves crashed against the sandy shore the air filled with the scent of the salty sea. Cassardis now capital of Gransys was twice as large as it had been. Fortified with stoney towers and filled with houses. It had become a major trading port since the brine suddenly disappeared all those years ago. People milled about with their daily business the smell of freshly caught fish wafting from the market.
Suddenly the gates of the castle that had been built at the highest point of the area opened with rows of knights in blue, white and red marching forth. Behind these knights walked a gray haired man in robes of deep purple with a silver crown. Though he was old and wrinkled the shape of his body bespoke of strength in his youth. They traveled down to the beach where people had begun to gather the duke steps forward holding up both hands. The towns people went silent.
To either side of the duke stood men and women carrying staves and wearing robes of lavish colors and varying design. The duke lowered his hands and seemed to take a deep breath. "People of Gransys! To help end this war the council of magic has sent these mages and sorcerers from the bluemoon tower to investigate the monsters and warparties that threaten our country! They ask that fine, battle capable people step forth to aid them in their endeavors."
Off to one side Adrianna stood looking out over the crowd of people wondering who would step forward and who she would be paired with. She leaned slightly on her stave it had been a long trip to Cassardis from the bluemoon tower.