Leona felt that her advice was a bit too cookie-cutter, but what else could she say to assure Avantica that she was the right person for this job? Leona herself was still not sure that she was the right person for her job, but to admit that to any guild member could sow the seeds of uncertainty that could ultimately destroy Silver Wolf. Guilds needed unshakable faith that their Guild Masters were fit for the job because the Guild Masters held not only careers but lives in their hands. Leona was still not sure if she was fit to bear that important burden, but she was slowly growing into it.
The Wizard Saint recalled the lesson that fellow Wizard Saint Samira Nassar had indirectly taught her and thought before she spoke again. Maybe instead of just telling Avantica to let time take its course she should directly address the concerns about being the right person for this job. But first it was time to elaborate on her previous point that it often took time
"To be honest with you, Avantica, I was in your place a long time ago, when I first joined Silver Wolf. I wondered what Leila Vergious saw in me. I was just a mage barely a few weeks out of Desierto and wondered why I had been allowed to join Silver Wolf. I wasn't a mage from a famous bloodline and I didn't have a well-connected family. I didn't know what I could possibly offer them aside from a warm body to fill the ranks." Leona started. It sounded like she was scrambling to recover from her mistake... which she was.
"I met older and stronger members of the guild like Kitalpha Aurence and Yuvon Mu-Myu. Both of them were faster, stronger, and smarter than me. But as I did jobs like cleaning stables in Hosenka or retrieving flesh-eating mares from a barbarian camp in Lycan Woods, I sort of found my own place." Leona continued before realizing that she was just compounding her mistake by repeating the same empty statement she had made last time. The blonde stopped there and tried a different approach. She would cut out the fluff and get straight to the point.
"Avantica, you're part of Silver Wolf. You joined the Defenders. You've got the courage to put your life on the line for the guild's work. Those are all the qualifi-" Leona started the new approach before being cut off when Avantica caught a thief trying to steal the tome contained in the satchel on Avantica's side. Leona moved to deal with the thief and paused when she saw that the thief was just a child, a female child who looked like she did not have regular access to food. The blonde paused in place. That sight reminded her of the famine that swept through Nebdoui when she was ten years old.
Avantica questioned the child and learned that the child had been paid to try and steal the tome. Leona was about to ask who had put the child up to it when the answer soon revealed itself in the form of people emerging from the shadows to surround the pair. Leona's attention turned from the child to the group of shadowy people. Since the Silver Wolf mages were in a populated area, they would have to exercise caution in fending off the attack. The Wizard Saint would use her most powerful spells only as a last resort because the PR nightmare that would result from being seen as deliberately trashing Talonia to protect a book would be as harmful to Silver Wolf as the attack from the shadowy people who coveted the tome.
However, if property damage needed to be done to keep the book out of the hands of those who would misuse its power, then property damage would be done. Leona would try to make sure that deliberate property damage was a last resort.
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[Leona's Word Count: 1,170]
[Total Word Count: 2,674/10,000]