Kanix had never known either of her birth parents, as from an early age, she had been taken away from her family in a forcible manner. From then on, life had become harsh for the woman, moving from one place to the next, her health slowly deteriorating as time went on. It wasn’t until at the age of fourteen that she had gotten sick of it all and escaped from the hell that would have been the rest of her life. Life took her from the grasp of her captors to a new one running for freedom, hiding in every place that she could manage to hide in. Until one day, when she had hidden in the depths of a forest somewhere in Fiore and a strange-looking, older man had found her. This elder was not like the men she had lived with for fourteen years of her life; no, this man was much kinder and gentler than they were. He gave her loving smiles and helpful words, took her back to his village, and introduced her to all of the people that lived there. That was the start of her new life.
“Animals are not meant to be held captive in places they do not claim as their homes,
” Kanix responded in a hard tone of voice. She never liked hearing that an animal had been captured and put into a cage that wasn’t fit for a living space of one such as Silver. Even for a creature like Ancalagon, a world that was not their own was not a safe place for them to live, and that was something she had learned as a Nirvit child. When she had found the tiny Thunderbird as just a wee baby, she had known to let him live in the outside world, not to keep him too long in the teepee. Of course, her mentor had allowed her to keep him inside of the teepee when it was too cold or the weather didn’t permit it. As time went on, he grew too large for the teepee and that was when she knew she had to let him freely roam the village and forest. Ever since then, the two had always held a close relationship to each other, bound by the laws of nature of a mother and child, pet and owner.
The soft fur of Silver brushed against her skin and Kanix looked down at the creature, moving a hand to lightly stroke its head. It was nice that a beast as wild as this one had come to tame itself and view Frey as its owner and something it needed to protect. In fact, it was much like Ancalagon, who had learned over time that Kanix was someone he needed to protect, not just be thankful for. In return, the woman would protect him if he were ever to be in danger, just as Frey would protect Silver in his times of need. Moving her hand away, the woman placed it back into Ancalagon’s feathers, gripping a decent chunk as they flew through the sky. The duo quickly passed through the portal that would lead them into Fiore, where Kanix knew they would likely be hunted by Rune Knights. As they burst through the other side, Kanix blinked her single eye and glanced around, letting the aura of the world fill her senses.
Hearing Frey’s words, the woman focused back in on the little girl, curious to know what these “Earthmates” and “Dragon Guardians” were. She had known the young girl had come from a strange place, left here at the doorstep of her guild by the wolf in the end. Her eyebrows scrunched together and she had to think for a moment what they could have possibly been; some sort of magus perhaps. “Earthmates. . . are they a type of magus that you lived with, and these Dragon Guardians, I presume are simply just dragons?
” she inquired. To have a surplus of dragons as guardians meant that whatever place she had once been at was a nest waiting for Dragonslayers. Kanix didn’t like the idea of that, but she knew that it was impossible for Dragonslayers to not want to kill another dragon, as it was a part of their magic. Even for herself, she often found it difficult to not want to hunt down a dragon she had seen and slaughter it with her own hands.
Instantaneously, as Ancalagon began to descend on instinct, Silver pushed Kanix out of the way and grabbed hold of Frey, making off with her. This had taken Kanix by surprise, but she didn’t have time to react and had to focus on the guards that were down below. “Ancalagon, I want you to loop around and attack as many guards as you find necessary! These are not nice guards,
” she ordered her bird. With that being said the woman stood to her feet and dropped off the bird, letting him take care of the guards while she headed toward the mares. Lightning bolts would come striking down from the sky, perfectly aimed by the beast so that each bolt of electricity landed on a guard. The guards would not have time to react in escaping from the lightning bolts, forced to either roll out of the way or be struck. Unfortunately, many of the guards were struck down by the bolts as they came flashing down at the literal speed of light.
Kanix, on the other hand, went straight for the three mares that had been kept in the barn, hearing them whinnying and neighing. When she reached them, she instinctively moved out a hand to pet the nose of one, only to have it snap at her and try to tear skin off. She yelled at the creature, scolding it for wanting to eat her when she was there to help it get out of the cage it didn’t belong in. Unlocking the doors of the stalls the woman led two of the mares out, keeping them tied to one of the trees so that they couldn’t escape. Afterward, she went back in for the third that had tried to bite her, grabbing a muzzle to place it on the mouth of the creature. However, it would prove to be a little more difficult that it was meant to be, as the horse had reared up and tried biting at her again. Angrily, Kanix reached out a hand and roughly grabbed hold of the beast’s mouth, forcing down to all fours and binding the muzzle on it.