Upon stepping through the portal, Cydonia found herself in the small garden surrounded by water at the edge of the Bellevue town. Various flowers and a couple of trees turned the small area into a very beautiful and pleasant location where most folks preferred to spend their time and relax.
The portal was guarded by two soldiers, who stopped her as soon as they saw her.
“Halt! Who might you be and what business do you have in Bellevue?” asked one of them.
“My name is Cydonia, I am the Seraphim Commander Romata requested to meet. Let me through!” she declared.
“Oh! The Sword Sister from the monastery! We have been expecting you!” said the man.
Cydonia nodded once and then walked past them. She headed straight for the garrison, which acted as a perfect barrier between the permanently opened portal and the small town. Unlike a true fortress, the garrison had only a simple wall surrounding it and one tall tower to watch over the entire area. When Cydonia stepped inside, to her left, she saw a small stable and the commander’s two story mansion. Although the garrison was rather small, for a small town like Bellevue, it fulfilled its role.
That must be Romata. she thought when she saw a tall man standing in front of the mansion, giving out orders to a couple of men.
He wore the best armor around, and on his shield carried the crest of his noble family.
“Ah! Seraphima!” said the man as soon as he spotted her.
“Commander Romata, my name is Cydonia. Weston told one of my sisters that you requested to speak with me?” she asked.
“Indeed, and I wanted to apologize for what happened at the monastery earlier. I just learned of those thieving cowards attack! I sent some of my best men to patrol the surrounding areas and make sure to root them out if any are left.” he said and bowed his head a little as a sign of apology.
“I appreciate it, commander.” she said with a smile.
“Seraphima, the reason I asked for your presence before me is because I have an order of utmost urgency!” he said.
An order? thought Cydonia as he looked in the man’s eyes.
“You, go and retrieve the letter on the table on the first floor.” ordered Romata as he looked at a nearby soldier.
“Yes, sir!” he complied and went into the mansion.
“As I was saying, the order is for you to go and serve Prince Valor, who is fighting the orcs of Khorad-Nur in the south. You are to go to Porto Vallum and speak with Sergeant Treville.” he said.
“Sir, the letter you requested.” said the soldier.
“Thank you, lad. Return to your previous duty.”
“Thank you, sir!” and the man left.
“Seraphima, this is a letter of introduction for Sergeant Treville. Keep it on you and make sure not to lose it. I spoke with the stable master to offer you a horse of your choosing. Except the black stallion, that one is mine. Safe journey Seraphima Cydonia and may the gods hold you in their care!” he said.
“Thank you, commander Romata!” she replied as she took the letter.
Hm, the prince huh? she thought as she walked away.
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