From The Begining (chapter 1)
A girl of about twenty-one sat high a top one of the many towers of
the abandoned castle, she and three others called home. She stared out over
the landscape at the setting sun. This place couldn't be more peaceful. She
thought. She closed her eyes as the wind gently blew her hair back off her
She opened her eyes and smiled as a short stout man about a year
younger appears in the courtyard below her.
"Cris?" He called looking up at her.
"What?" She called back.
"Julian is back."
"I'll be right down." She climbed down from her perch, reaching down
she opened a trap door and ran down a set of stairs that lead to the main
entry hall. She reached the bottom as the others entered.
Julian sat a big bag on the floor and began removing the contents
setting them on the table in the middle of the room. When the bag is empty
the others grabed what they wanted making sure to leave some for him. He
lowered another bag to the floor which contained clothes, maps, torches,
and some small weapons such as daggers, sling shots, two bows and several
The four sat quietly in the center of the great hall. A sudden crash
made them all jump, getting to their feet they headed outside where they
were met by chunks of the now crumbling castle wall and screaming soldiers
on horse back caring torches.
Cris watched the soldiers advanced, one of them reached down for her,
then silence and everything goes black.
Crimson woke to find herself laying on her back in a grassy field not
to far from the village where she lived with her adopted family. She turned
her head to the right looking to the smaller girl sitting next to her.
"Cris," Jade repeated watching the sky. "D-do you think we'll see a
dragon today?" For a five year old Jade had a very wild imagination.
Crimson laughed lightly. "I don't know Jade what do you think?" Being
three years older Crimson had a wild imagination of her own. Only making
the reoccurring dream or glimpse at the future she kept having that much
harder for her to understand.
Jade noded as a smile played across her face. "I think so." Her dark
blue eyes shine as she looked at Crimson.
After a moment the cool summer air is filled with the happy cries of
another young child as Jade's twin brother Julian ran over to them and
ploped himself down sitting on Crimson's stomach.
She groaned lightly under his weight. "Hey Jules." She tickled him
and he giggled.
Having lost her own family during a raid on their village, a two year
old Crimson Rainblade was left orphaned. Only to be found and taken in by a
man named Damen Starfire, shortly after she became known as Crimson
Starfire, a mischievous little girl that everyone in the village adored.
"P-papa want y-yous c-come eat." Julian replied catching his breath.
Unlike Jade, Julian had a small speech problem and was sometimes hard to
understand, but Crimson could under stand him perfectly.
The three stood and headed toward the one room cottage they know as
Being a thief has it's advantages. Crimson thought as she ducked
behind a stack of water barrels waiting for the guard to pass. Being eight
also has it's advantages and disadvantages. Now that she was older the
other villagers saw past her cuteness to her true intentions, which were
often to take and sell of anything she could get her hands on.
Tonight she was after a prize bigger then rings and necklaces. There
it is the best sword in all of Arcadia and it's going to be mine. Crimson
thought. The shinny new sword sat leaning against a rack near the front of
the blacksmith shop.
The bigger the task the greater the challenge. That was the way
Crimson liked it. She knew if she were to fail and get caught, it being her
fifth offense Damen would send her to some academy far away to be
disciplined. He did not approve of her late night jonts around the village.
Crimson slowly moved toward the sword, as she readied to grab it a
noise makes her stop. Hearing the sound of closing footsteps she ducked
back into the shadows. The footsteps came to an abrupt halt in front of her
hiding place. She shifted her position slightly to get a better look at
their faces. She gasped realizing that the black armored soldiers were not
from the village.
Hearing a noise one of the men turned to look in Crimson's direction,
seeing nothing but darkness he moved closer. As he advanced her breath
caught and her heart began to pound wildly. Just go away, please just go
away. She closed her eyes tightly hopping that when she opened them the man
would be gone.
Crimson opened her eyes to find herself laying face down on the
ground in the middle of the village square. She slowly sat up and looked
around, to her right two of the soldiers had a hold of Julian and Jade, to
her left stood a large man with a black skull shaped mask.
He watched her a moment before he speaks. "These friends of yours?"
He asked indicating the two younger children.
Crimson glared at him. "What's it to you?" She replied slowly raising
to her feet.
"Defiance will not be tolerated young one." He motioned to the
solider holding Jade, the solider pulled a dagger and holded it to Jade's
throat. "Shall we continue, if you answer my next question truthfully your
little friend here will live to see her next brithday."
Crimson growled lightly. "What do you want to know?"
"Now, now, no reason to be hostle." He chuckled. "Where can I find
the one called Damen Starfire?"
She shruged. "No clue, he comes and goes as he wishes."
"Why do you lie?" He motioned to the soldier and he pulled the dagger
across Jade's throat killing her inistantly, he released his hold on her
and her lifeless body fell to the ground.
Crimson moved toward the soldier who was smiling triumpfintly. "Damn
Another soldier brought his sword up pointing it in her face. "On
your knees." Crimson did as she was told.
"Shall we try this again?"
A tall slender figure wearing a black cloak steped through the crowd
of soldiers. He removed his hood. "Dlaxius, I am the one you seek. Let the
"Hm, Damen." Dlaxius replied. He noded and the soldier let go of
Julian and he ran over to Crimson.
Damen looked at Crimson. "Run."
Crimson shook her head raping her arms around Julian. "I will not
leave you father."
Dlaxius looked slightly puzzled. "Father? Hmm, intresting." He
chuckled. "Get them." He drew his sword and charged at Damen.
Damen blocked several blows and turned aming a blow at Dlaxius' head,
only to have Dlaxius sink his blade into his chest. Damen fell to his
knees. Dlaxius placed his foot against Damen's chest and pushed back
pulling the sword from his chest. Damen fell back stuggling to breathe.
Two soldiers walked toward them carring a struggling Crimson and an
"Take them away. No wait." He thought a moment. "Leave her."
Crimson moved to Damen's side. She looked up at Dlaxius. "Why did you
do this to my father?"
Dlaxius chuckled. "He isn't your father young one, he is a kidnaper,
a thief and a liar." He placed a hand on her shoulder. "I am your father
She looked down at Damen's now lifeless body. "It's not true Damen
is my father."
He turned away from her. "Believe what you wish child, but you can
not deny the truth."
Crimson sighed. He speaks as if he is trying to convence himself more
then he is me.
He thought a moment. Turning he grabed her right arm he pulled up her
sleeve exposing a small skull shaped tattoo with the name Crimson Rainblade
written underneath it. "This mark has made you an outcast here has it not?"
Crimson noded sadly.
"This is a royal brith mark given only to those born a mist the wall
of the Firestar academy." He squeezed her arm. "It only proves that you do
not belong here, you belong with me." He let go of her. "Come with me and
you may have whatever you wish."
Having no where else to go , nor the skills or strength to protect
herself, if she were to run away. Crimson accepted Dlaxius' offer.
Dlaxius mounted his horse pulling her up behind him. The group rode
off into the darking night. Taking Crimson along for the ride.