Troy was in the courtyard of Silril Palace, walking between tall columns and then standing in their shade. He looked about to try and find the mercenaries he had hired to act as new bodyguards, but nobody was in his immediate sight. He sighed and leant against a pillar to wipe his brow.
"Ah, I really wish mercenaries were more punctual," he muttered to himself. "Though I am perhaps a little early..."
[You can join and act as either a mercenary he hired or as someone else]
Jack quickly jumped in the air with a grin on his face a smile as he did jumping in the air as he stopped towards the castle, "Awesome!" He said smirking. "Jack the Wereanimal is here the best Mercenary of the Wereanimal Clan!"
Troy winced at the flip, realising that perhaps this youth was more capable than he had first thought. He cleared his throat.
"Well then, Jack, my name is Troy, and I am a Guardian of the emperor here. That means I am one of his majesty's best soldiers. That means you answer to me, if you want this bodyguard job. I am the one you guard. What do you say to that, hm?"
Troy couldn't help but laugh. "And you don't seem as though you could hurt a fly! And you're just a kid! Hmmm, are you sure you're capable of defending his majesty's best soldier?" He asked, though he wasn't completely serious about it.
"Oh, and just quietly, it's best to keep your race discrete. Wereanimals aren't exactly very welcome around the place, and you should be lucky I hired you, ya hear me?"
Troy stepped back, afraid Jack would slip and fall or bump into him or make a mistake. Suddenly two soldiers ran up to Troy from one of the tower doors.
"Sir! There is something in the sky! You can see it from the southeast tower!" one of them said.
Troy motioned for Jack to follow him as he ran behind the soldiers and up the stairwell into the tower's top room. Surely enough, through the narrow windows, there could be seen a shadow high in the sky.
"Ah..." Troy said. "Don't tell me there are more of them." He turned to Jack. "We'll have to go down to the palace gates and make sure there aren't the other ones down there. What weapon do you use?" he asked as he went back down the stairs again.
Troy stopped and stared at him, dumbfounded. "A cannon? What on Riiga is a cannon, boy? Around here, we fight with real weapons in combat, and battles are not glorious or anything to be taken lightly."
He continued down the stairs and exited the tower, heading back towards the gateway. There was shouting outside the palace near the path that headed to the forest and Troy drew his sword.
"Stick near me. There might be lots of them. And I don't wanna see any heroics, ya hear me?"
As they went around the corner they saw a dozen palace guards battling short furry werewolf-looking creatures with crude weapons, and one of them ran towards Jack and Troy right away.
[Riiga is preindustrial, so cannons/gunpowder/steampower don't exist. And since this is your first battle, make sure you've read the rules on battling and it also helps if you've read about it in other threads. The enemies here are Folang. They're weak, but also easy to underestimate, so be careful what you do]
Jack then nodded as he then watched as they came towards him he dodged with a fall back on his hands and then a mighty slam of his feet towards the monsters head and towards the body with a simple glance. "Oh yeah but those Heroics you talk about are really just my fighting skills I have much fire in me."