After that night, the three refugees, Aezera, Edmund and Phoebe,
were rescued from the possessed elite soldiers of the
recently-fallen Kingdom of Saither. The leader of the group
Joao led them to their camp.
"May I ask why you were being chased by those soldiers?" asks
"We were running away from those soldiers. They were possessed.
We have seen them killing innocent people who were also running
away from the invasion" answers Edmund.
"Yes. The Kingdom of Saither recently fell. We managed to escape
from the onslaught"
"I see. You three had it really rough. By the way, what are your
names?" asks Joao.
"Edmund Wingguard. These two are my. . sisters, Aezera and
Phoebe" says Edmund with a pause.
The conversation was disturbed when one of the Joao's men
arrived. Aezera was startled why Edmund lied.
"Why did you tell him I was your sister?" silently asks Aezera.
"Why? It's for your own good. Just play with it a little. I know
how these people think. You can't trust these guys" Edmund
"These people? What is with them that made them like that?"
curiously asks Aezera once again.
"They are Shlieans" says Phoebe. "They're very mean people"
"Very mean? What are you saying?" asks Aezera.
"I'll tell you later" says Edmund with a serious look.
Edmund's answer made Aezera very anxious and it showed in her
face. Then Joao came back and notices Aezera's look.
"Your sister must really be terrified, Edmund" claimed Joao. "I
can see it in her eyes. I can't blame her, though"
"Who wouldn't be?" Edmund added.
"Please stay in our camp. It's much safer here rather than the
woods" Joao offers with a little bit of confidence.
The three had no other options to choose.
"Thank you. The three of us are in your debt" says Edmund.
The three were guided to their tent and took rest. After an hour,
Joao's men dispersed and went to their tents. Aezera noticed that
Edmund is still awake so she asked already for
"So tell me. . . Edmund"
Edmund sighed and started to explain everything.
"These people, the Shlieans, are said to be a group of people.
They plunder villages and towns to kidnap people and treat them
as prisoners. The women were used as entertainment
and the children were kept and raised as Shlieans. There also
some said that a cult that belonged to this group used the
hostages as sacrifices. To a demon"
From that point on, Aezera became disturbed.
"Do you still want to know more?" he asked.
With an unsure and nervous tone, she answered a yes.
"I see. . . In the past, Shlieans were feared. They were
notorious of being the most brutal and destructive group in
history. Right now, their numbers decreased by a third because
of the raids that were spearheaded by the Ylian Senate, Council
of Peramus and the Kingdom of Saither"
"Yes. However, even with those actions, the number of lives
Shlieans took is still rising even today. As their way of taking
lives, they disguise themselves as merchant caravans
or small military camps. Those who are unfortunate are made
slaves or sacrifices"
"Then aren't we in danger?" she asked with a low voice. It was
clearly evident that she was afraid.
Aezera quietly trembled with fear when she suddenly some rustles
and faint voices outside their tent. This made Aezera shriek a
little and covered her mouth. Her fear took over
her mind and she started to cry. After that, Edmund tried to wake
Phoebe but the moment when he touched her, she turned and she
appeared she was not sleeping the whole time.
"I'm sorry" whispers Phoebe. "I cannot sleep because it is not
safe to sleep"
The two immediately packed their things silently. Edmund held his
sword tightly and Phoebe was putting small balls on her pouch.
"What are you two doing?"
"Getting out of here before we become human sacrifices,
obviously" exclaims Edmund. "Pack your things already. Are you
going with us or what?"
Startled, Aezera gathered her things and she tried to peek
outside. Out of the blue, Edmund stopped her from looking.
"Don't! They might have not noticed us yet so we can't risk our
chance" says Edmund.
"Are you planning something?" asks Aezera, with a dull glimpse of
hope inside her.
"Yeah. Don't compromise us" he says, then handing a sword to her.
"Can you still hold your sword?"
While trembling and very unsure of her options, she grabbed the
weapon. . . Suddenly, it got a little brighter and noisier.
"I will try to make a path and you two will follow so watch my
back, okay? On three . . . 1 . . . 2. . . 3!!!!"
Edmund charged and went outside. Then two followed him.