"Whenever you're ready to lure out Tuco or his lieutenants, let me know and I'll be the bait. Don't worry too much about me. Just be sure to complete the mission." Leona said to Jaesa. The Wizard Saint had faced death many times before and had come out alive, so she was convinced that she had a few more good years of fighting evil left. Considering the risks of her lifestyle and the enemies she had accumulated over two years, Leona had best make them count. One of the best ways to make them count was to eliminate any threats to the guild she had been entrusted to lead and protect.
Leona listened to Jaesa say that both of them did not start off in the best places but they had become stronger because of it. While that may or may not have been true, it had prepared Leona to be able and willing to kill to ensure that threats were permanently dealt with instead of sparing them out of misguided mercy and having to confront them a second time. In fact, her rough desert upbringing might have worked too well because Leona was able and willing to kill more than a Wizard Saint should be. However, job offers kept rolling in, so the blonde must have been doing something right.
"Yeah, you're right, Jaesa. If I didn't have that magic I'd have been just another statistic before I became strong enough to go from minor nuisance to major threat. I've got the Desierto outlaws so wary of me that sometimes different groups gang up just to try and get rid of me. They haven't succeeded yet, but I'm flattered that they want me gone so badly. If they're all gunning for me, they usually don't bother the desert villages that much... I can live with that." Leona gave a bit of commentary on her situation. Jaesa was right about her. While Leona's upbringing was rough, it had not eaten away her morals. The Wizard Saint was willing to fight for the little guy and was not averse to taking jobs considered "beneath" her status because she wanted to. Sometimes Leona appreciated a break from fighting all the time and wanted to do something different like help Dr. Anna on an archaeological dig or expand her knowledge of modern technology.
When Jaesa offered to help Leona with her desert bandit troubles, the Wizard Saint hesitated for a moment. She did not want to drag Jaesa into what had been a personal quarrel between Leona and the gangs, but then she thought about it a little more. Jaesa was no newcomer to the mage world. She was almost as strong as Theo Silversong and had proven her ability to handle herself. Maybe the Wizard Saint should swallow her pride and accept the offer.
"I may take you up on that offer, Jaesa. Not now, but one day I may need your help. The outlaws are starting to take the gloves off and go after me full force and I'm not sure I can handle it if they get serious about taking me down. And I appreciate the offer of help. Helping each other is what being in a guild's all about." Leona said to Jaesa, thanking her for the offer of help with one of the former's most persistent troubles. Leona did not want to get others involved in her own quarrel, but the outlaws were getting smarter and tougher. They were starting to send in their best men to oppose her and were coming up with new tactics to limit her effectiveness against them; the Crimson Sashes had already demonstrated their ability to use new tactics like employing poisoned weapons and fighting in coordinated teams. She was not helping Jaesa to build up favors, but the situation with the desert outlaws might be one time where asking for help was a good idea.
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