If he could say anything about his new home, Rayden could say it was large, unnecessarily so. It felt weird, to think of this place as home. It was a radical shift, to say the least. From the tight, well maintained enclosure he was born in, to the spacious, open guild grounds. He felt so free, almost too much so. With all the options before him, he'd be lying if he didn't feel a little overwhelmed. He never had a strict goal leaving, nothing beyond his ultimate goal. Now just came the first step, and he didn't even know what that was.
Strolling lightly around the grounds, he was also lost. He felt better now, having had the chance to rest and recover since he reached the hall. For the first time in a while, he had a full stomach, a good night's rest, and cleaned clothes. Things that seemed so basic to him before; things he had never even considered going without for a day. Laying against one of the many pillars supporting the stone above him, he scanned the grounds around him. Well maintained garden's people walking amongst and chatting. Again, these were things thought impossible in his previous abode.
Smiling softly, he noticed someone approaching him, rather quickly at that. Their steps were soft, showing a light body weight, and their smell was off, clearly not someone who had been in this area for a while. Turning to face them, they fled from his eye contact, looking towards his shoes instead. They froze before him, trembling slightly as they extended a hand. Long, frail fingers, tightly grasping a ragged note. Their breath was quick and hard. However they had gotten here, it wasn't easy on them. Still, he couldn't shake the feeling something was off about them. Waiting for him to take the note, they said nothing until his fingers reached it. They suddenly released it entirely, Rayden almost dropping it in the process. A small cough followed, then a weak voice, barely above a whisper. "This is for you... I came with the fastest means.. Please, you're our only hope.."
Again, it felt off. The body looked old, greying hair and sagging skin, yet the voice sounded younger, as if spoken by someone no older than him. "Well, what do you mean? How do you even kn-" Before he could finish his response, they were off, hurrying down the hall. Giving chase, he followed them into a doorway at the end of the hall. Turning to follow them, they were no longer in site. He could no longer smell them either. His confusion multiplied. Realizing he had least some hint as to where they came from, he opened the note in his hands, and his eyes went wide.
Outside the Mountain Village
Rayden's steps were quick and determined. Feet digging into the soil, he climbed as fast as he could. Scaling the mountain was difficult, but he had to make progress. A foot slipped, and for a moment he dangled, before recovering and continuing his efforts. He wasn't going to let this be his end. Fell of a mountain trying to help a village wasn't a very good description for his heroic statue. From above, the village could easily be seen, the mountain scaling way above the villages height. Whoever was waiting for him above, Rayden had no clue. All he knew was that they called out to him, and he had no choice but to respond.
[Proof of Exam]