Clair's Journal Oct 6, 2012 10:07:03 GMT -6
Post by Clair Feldsky on Oct 6, 2012 10:07:03 GMT -6
Year 1, Month 1, Day 1, Mid spring
Well, I'm leaving home today. By the end of sun's light this place won't even be visible as a dot on the horizon. I've got my armor, my lance, and some medical supplies already stowed safely. Extra provisions are a must. Irrenica said that caravan food could never be counted on. At least not the stuff they give the help. I'll be scouting along the right side of the caravan, making sure no one sneaks up on us. They have a more seasoned pegasus knight watching the front and left side. I guess I might as well watch the back too....
Where was I? I have a spare set of clothes, a bedroll and extra blanket (this is Ilia after all!), a hoof pick and a rasp for Corona. And a pair of clippers. A brush. The usual stuff.... I can't stop shaking in my boots, and it has nothing to do with the cold. I guess I'm a little nervous. I'm really leaving to begin a career as a pegasus knight. Was Mom this scared when she started? Everything in me knows I'll be fine. I've had excellent teachers. I've thought of everything I could pack and then some. Twice! My parents went over the list with me and said they couldn't have packed it better themselves. I still feel nervous. Like I did before my first flight without an instructor.... I bet these feelings will go away as fast as they did then, but in the meantime....
Ohhh...... I'm so tired. I slept horribly last night. Too much excitement. I already miss my parents, especially because I know that after this week long trip to the pass into Sacae, I won't be going home. I'll be going on another mission. It's going to be a long time before I get home. At least three months. I've heard some of these trial missions for pegasus knights can take up to six months, or even a year! Every knight in the cavalry has done this though, and I won't be left out as sure as ice crystals are on Edessa's Spires.
I couldn't help it last night though. I looked behind me as I started my approach for landing. Arphen was gone.... There was no trace of it on the horizon. No walled city on the mountain. No lights twinkling. I couldn't even see the mountain it sits on. A blizzard had rolled in after we left. I had wanted to see it again. Just one last farewell. But I guess Ilia's snow had something else in mind.
I tried to talk to the other knight this morning. She blew me off. I guess she's really busy, but I wouldn't have minded a little bit of chatting. Maybe some advice.... I'll try again some other time. For now, I need to get Corona warmed up and get ready for takeoff. We're leaving soon.
I was right in a sense. I don't miss my home any less, but it's getting easier to focus on my tasks now that I'm learning them better. It's also easier to get excited about the future. I spotted a group of people heading towards us from the my side, today, but I landed and alerted the caravan guards. It felt good to be the eyes and ears of the traveling group. Whoever it was watching from the side, they didn't feel like taking on our collection of guardians.
Oh yeah. We were joined yesterday by another pair of pegasus knights. Relief for when Corona and Ranger (the other knight's pegasus) get too tired.... Corona hasn't gotten too tired yet. He's got such strength to him! I never realized how durable he was until I had this chance to really test him.
Anyways, we seem to be pretty popular at dinner. I met a seamstress named Hilda, who wants to go to Sacae to study their patterns. Apparently, the cloth their is some of the most beautifully made fabric in the world. Or perhaps it was just the patterns. I don't know, and I'd rather have metal over me, personally.
Still, Hilda is friendly enough. She brought a handful of sugar cubes for Corona last night. It was not wasted on either of us. I hope she succeeds in her venture.
We arrived today in the crossing town. Just ahead begins the pass into Sacae. I can see the mountains coming together to form a narrow funnel. That's going to be fun..... I've heard of this place. During some days, the Ilian mistrals wreak havoc on the air space inside the pass. Some times it can be perfectly calm and you'll ascend another twenty feet into a ripping jet stream of air currents. I'll have to be on guard, and pay special attention to Corona. He probably has a better sense for these things than I do.
Anyways, I got payed today, and restocked my supplies. Now I just need to find someone interested in going through the pass to hire me on. Easier said than done when you're just a squire. I won't charge much though.... Probably not worth all that much right now anyway....