Allir Reach - Black Forest Lia sat happily within her saddle, a rare smile decorating her face as they slowly rode down the dirt path. Around them were the tall trees that marked most of the Reaches, especially here within the Black Forest. There was a certain calmness to the air. Birds were chirping, the leaves rustled against the wind, and for once all seemed right within the world. After the Naga attack of Alliria things had been tense. Many Rangers had been lost in the fighting, and as a consequence there had been quite a bit of a shuffle within the ranks. The end result of that had been promotions, recruits, and of course new assignments. Lia had benefited from this, as unfortunate as the death of her fellow Rangers was. Those within the higher echelons of the Rangers had noticed her drive and had selected her for a rather special task. After the attack paranoia had grown throughout Alliria, and several of the Rangers more wealthy contributors had decided that the city was no longer the safest place. Some had fled the city due to this, while others had come to make rather surprising decisions. One of those decisions was Lia's task. A man by the name of Jerim Baldwin had come to the Rangers with hat in hand. He told the story of a possession of his families, an artifact of great power. Just what that power was Lia had no idea, but she knew that it was important, important enough for the Rangers to assign her and...ugh...Kaska to escort it to their Fortress in the Spine. It was an important task, and one that would bring with it renown. The artifact, a small bracelet, was reportedly worth her horse's weight in gold. If it fell into the wrong hands it could destroy a town, or so she had been told. To say that this was a moment in the limelight was putting it mildly, and that was exactly what Lia wanted.