At first, Astrid was pleased that the guild master accepted her envelope. More so than wanting to help out Black Rose, the slayer no longer wished to carry that money around with her. It hurt to do so, to remember all the jobs she took for the sake of helping her grandfather slowly chip away at his debt. Even this much, eight million whole jewels, was not enough to cover it. It wasn't enough to cover her guilt, nor what large sum of money he had invested in to start his business. But still, no longer being forced to look at all of what could have been would hopefully help her feel a little better and aid her on the road of her slow but steady recovery.
But then Izayuki's sudden state of sorrow caught the slayer rather off guard. It was something she didn't get to see a lot, the ice mage's emotions. But after such a long time of seeing the woman as nothing but a monster, it was a little strange to see her like this, acting like a human. Of course, by now Astrid did not see the girl as a monster. She was human, if not in appearance then in mind she was. However, she hadn't meant to invoke those feelings inside of her. Was it her appearance that did this? She had taken the hood down mostly out of courtesy, to show the guild master she was serious about wanting to do anything to make it up for her. But something about it had triggered sadness in her voice. Her crimson gaze softened, looking onto the young guild master with a bit of pity. Of course, the guild war took its toll on her as well, just like it had done to Astrid. Admits it she had lost not only her children and guild, one of the last remaining memories of her husband. Elyx had vanished, just one day out of the blue. Astrid had noticed this of course as the weeks went by without seeing him in the guild hall. There was a bit of paranoia with it, of course. Summer had also just upped and left too, leaving the light mage to wonder if she had done anything wrong to them. But more so than her own suffering, she couldn't imagine what his wife was going through. And now that Golden Phoenix was gone, neither of them had anything else to remember such an important person in their lives. At the thought of Elyx the slayer had to fight off some of her own tears, but in the end kept a strong face.
"We always seem to meet if not during disasters, then right after them. We both have horrible timing, but i suppose i got that from you." The elf gave her a small smile, despite what she just said feeling weird to her. It was still strange, to refer to Izayuki as her mother. To Astrid, Violet would always ever be her true mother, it was just strange and uncanny to think of it any other way. But still, Astrid accepted what and who she was, and where she originally came from. It was still weird to her, but she knew eventually she would get used to the idea.
Thinking upon how to explain what exactly happened over the past few months, Astrid found herself at a loss for words. She hadn't really told anyone about it, other than Erika. But with the thread mage's power of being able to read her memories from the lightest touch it wasn't exactly of her own free will. She was worried about giving anyone information, in fear that if they knew they would be a target. She was worried about that cat's powers, and at what limit they had. If she told anyone, would it know? Would it hunt after them too? Astrid wasn't sure, and she wasn't really up to finding out the hard way. But with Izayuki and the small, cut off world she created for them, would it ever find out anyway? Izayuki had a right to know what happened to her husband's guild...
Astrid glanced left to right, as if she was trying to see if they were being watched. of course, they weren't, but you could never be sure. After a moment she looked back to the tanuki, taking in a small breath to prepare herself.
"It was the dark guilds. Savage Skull, to be more precise. The guild master took form of you and various other Black Rose members and slaughtered village after village in hopes of provoking the guild war. I was tricked into thinking you had turned mad, and i got angry when i heard news of my grandfather's death. Which is why i had attacked Black Rose. I was fooled." Guilt once again would show on her face, her gaze casting down to the ground. "Soon after i was taken captive by the guild master. She lured me back to the guild in her cat form, i had no idea she was actually a demon. So when i back talked her... I was punished." Recalling the painful memory the elf would cover her empty eye socket with her hand, trying to calm the slight stinging. After a moment of trying to calm the stinging the silvernette once again looked up to Izayuki, letting her arm go back to her side. "As well as my eye they took my guild, Elyx's guild. I wasn't there to protect it, so it fell to the depths of Phoenix Mountains. Sadly, that's all i know. I'm still trying to piece it all together myself, and find out why they did this. Surely it's more than just power, otherwise they would have done it sooner." It was a hard one to figure out, Astrid spent countless nights trying to figure out why all if it happened, but nothing made sense. Perhaps, Izayuki would know a little more, but Astrid was not counting on her to.