Raviel looked down, noticing the blonde lady walking over after her arrival. He waved at her and dropped down from the tree he was currently squatting on top of, his feet still making zero noise to both the drop and the walk.
"Well met again, oh acquaintance mine. I hope the voyage has been pleasant and uneventful." Raviel greeted, this time with a little more speed than usual. There was no need for idle prattle on the field, besides, they had quite the mission to accomplish. "River Village seems calm, for now. I have not detected any sign of conflict around here yet. I cannot feel any dark presence around the walls either, not even in the surrounding woods. The entire area seems clear, for now." He added. Figured he would do some scouting of the area, considering he arrived there much earlier than the blonde guild Ace.
"Still, I would advise caution. We'd never know if someone is waiting for us hidden and out of view." With that, the young mage did something slightly unexpected himself. Aside from walking beside the blonde, he slowly raised his arm up and grabbed Aliannah's hand with his, giving her a gentle tug to incite a moderately faster walking pace.
He did not say anything about it, though he seemed to blush slightly. His other hand though was still free and ready to unsheate his own blade at a moment's notice.
"If what you have said is true, then perhaps it would be better for us to check the local inn. Our best bet to twart the assassination attempt is to find the member of the Rune Knights before the perpetrator have a chance to. While I do not like the prospect of using a Living as a bait, I am sure his Soul has not yet exhausted his meaning in the World of the Living just yet. They will live."
Another pause, Raviel seemingly not minding holding hands with the older mage much if at all. "You know...I...never asked your name, oh acquaintance mine." The younger blonde stated, glancing up at his temporary mission partner. "May I know it?"
In the meantime, they would have left the outskirts to properly enter inside River Village. While they were still far from the titular river splitting the village in two, the amount of houses and people was still growing and growing. The streets did not seem too busy nor crowded. For many, that was nothing but yet another day of normality. From the entrance, they would probably reach the main square and the market soon. Once there, finding indications towards the inn or other local resting places would be easier. They could probably ask the locals about it as well, they for sure would know the ins and outs of their home place. Perhaps they could, in a stroke of luck, also spot the Rune Knight's subordinates. Finding the big boss would then be a non issue.
Still, Raviel kept quiet, not really advocating for one or the other strategies. In the end, the thing he was most interested about was the blonde lady he was holding hands with. He wanted to see how she thought, how she acted. As such, he would leave any kind of leader decision up in her undoubtedly capable hands.