Episode 0

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The Pale Horse - A Mouse is pursued - No such thing as a free lunch - Panic in town - A show arrives - The temple is repaired - A hidden blade

Chapter 0 - Travelers Converge

  • A band of horsemen descends upon the village of Air.
  • At their head rides Dragon-Lord Anna-Helena Tepet.
  • As they ride into town their way is blocked by the plucky Miss Riron.
  • The militia leader squints up into the Dragon-Lord's face: "Are we gonna have an issue here?"
  • The Pale Horse mercenary company is merely passing through in search of work.
  • They pass through the village without further incident and move toward the Glen of the Viridian Rivers.


  • A week earlier, a hunter is chasing a mouse.
  • The mouse is a bright white with strange golden markings across its back.
  • The hunter does not know why he chases the mouse, only that he must.
  • The mouse leads him to the village of Wood.
  • The inhabitants are friendly but the hunter is guarded.
  • He is merely a 'follower of the wind', no more, no less.
  • After a brief stay, the mouse reappears and leads him onward toward the city.


  • River, Carver, and Carver's mother emerge from the forest and enter the village of Air.
  • They seek food from the inn but have no money to pay for it.
  • The local blacksmith is overworked, a helping hand is lent.
  • With his gratitude, and his money, lunch is procured.
  • The trio continue on, Carver's dreams driving him toward the Glen.


  • The Glen is run down, a shadow of its former self.
  • All that is left of its former glory are the imposing gate on the river bridge, and the temple in the centre of town.


  • The horde of mercenaries pulls up short of the river and begins construction of a walled fort.
  • Panic grips the city, the mercenaries' intentions are unknown and many fear the worst.
  • A delegation led by Priest Aldbur ride out to find out.
  • Dragon-Lord Tepet reiterates her position.
  • The Pale Horse is not here upon work, it is here to seek work.
  • The Dragon-Lord is invited to a dinner and a meeting with the Lord of the Glen - lady Izume.


  • A caravan meanders through the village of Air on its way to the city.
  • Already on alert, the militia under Miss Riron blocks their path.
  • Caravan Leader: "Excuse me, but are we being detained?"
  • The villagers are mistrustful of large bands of strangers, especially after the mercenaries came through.
  • After a tense negotiation between Ms Shojo - the group's leader - and Miss Riron, the caravan continues on its way.
  • Passing the mercenary camp, the ladies (and gentlemen) of the Immaculate Conception Dance Troupe give the soldiers a show, advertising their upcoming performance.
  • Just as the village militia before them, the guards at the bridge gate block their path.
  • Under orders of the priest, the guards refuse to let anyone through.
  • Instead, the troupe crosses the river via barge, finally making their way into the city through another gate.
  • They are met by their local contact and venue owner - Madame Pherdon.
  • Ms Shojo is invited to accompany Ms Pherdon to a dinner with the leaders of the town.


  • In the city, River and Carver are looking for work.
  • Ahead of the meeting with the Dragon-Lord, the priest is looking for workers to repair the temple.
  • The two needs are compatible.
  • River works efficiently and effectively on the temple's interior ornaments, even fixing the ornate candelabra.
  • Carver assists the other workers on the exterior of the temple.
  • Mistakenly convinced that the foreman is doing things wrong, Carver tries to correct him but is instead relegated to lifting and carrying the materials.
  • After their assistance, River and Carver are invited to accompany the priest to the dinner with the Dragon-Lord.


  • Aldbur had another need - insurance in case the meeting went poorly.
  • He approaches a simple hunter, selling skins in the marketplace.
  • The Follower of the Wind is not just a hunter of the beasts of the forests, he is also a hunter of humans.
  • Aldbur: "I would have you be my hidden blade."


  • The travelers have converged, the tale will begin.