Lord of Altera
Honour the Gods. Love your woman. Defend your country.
- Prince Hector | Troy
When I was younger I dreamt such wonderful dreams. My dreams were those that you can expect of one born to the slums with a working mother- a warm home, a safe house, a father to love and guide me. As I grew, I did all I could to bring those dreams to fruition. I vowed to make something of myself, so that Mother wouldn't have to work as she did anymore. I vowed to join the Guard and clean up the streets of Storm's Landing, so that no other would have to sleep wracked with worry as we did.
Each day, I put my whole self into being the best person that I could be. I did everything I could to be the face that one thinks of when they need help. I tried to make everyone's life brighter, safer and happier.
When I joined the Storm's Guard, I found the first of my dreams being fulfilled. I could finally provide for my mother and our home. Every radiant I earned was pushed into her hands, that we may live a happier life and for a while, everything was good. When I found Valiant, I found another of my dreams being fulfilled. I had a father, I had someone out there who wished to look out for me and guide me to being the very best person I could be. He showed me the ways to help those around me and I did.
I remember thinking of the world so differently, then. The world was a fairy tale, a storybook where the good always got what they deserved and happy endings were just around the corner. I yearn for those days, for that naivete. Instead, I stand with the harsh brutal reality of this world we live in; my home destroyed, mother murdered. My city devolving into chaos. My dreams lay shattered, each and every one of them.
These days, I do not dream often. My nights are filled instead with worry for the future and all I can do is prepare for the day that war comes again, the day that I must take up sword and shield against the next foe that decides to test us. I once served the naive perception of the world I had created with my youth. Now, I recognise the world for what it is and it is my duty to make it better. I am to fight against those that threaten us and take every step that I may to make tomorrow safer. This is my duty and I will remain vigilant.