"Wealth and material goods mean nothing to me. I seek only Justice."
|Nameday||32nd Sun of the 3rd Astral Moon|
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"They said you killed a lot of innocent people."
Aesmir sat on the floor, her hands clenching on the iron bars, bowing her head slightly as a token of respect towards the man whose shape she could not even distinguish in the darkness of the cell.
« It is true I killed many people... » he simply replied in a neutral tone.
The self-called paladin sighed. Even though she could not read his expression, she imagined him being surprisingly calm. His voice was calm, without any shred of regret.
« ...but they were far from innocent. » he added bluntly.
She must have looked terribly confused, as he anticipated her next question.
« I have no faith in the Justice of men. »
« Why ? » she simply asked.
She was not judging him. The 17 years old girl, despite her wounds and the horror she has been through, was quietly listening to a stranger, a man deemed criminal. The silence between them was unexpected. A respectful...almost peaceful...calm and quiet conversation. Was is hesitation, Aesmir wondered. Was the man despising her like the elezen soldiers from the Nest ? She wished she could see his face, read his features, look straight into her savior’s eyes to understand...and cast away the feeling of being lost in the dark.
« You’ve been through a lot, girl. But no matter where your next destination will be, you will come to realise that everyone in this world has a price. »
« You tortured them. »
« Some people doesn’t really understand politeness. »
« Was it worth it ? »
« Yes. »
Aesmir slowly nodded o aknowledge his answer. Again, another silence.
« Why did you save me ? » Asked Aesmir hesitantly.
« For the same reason I killed all these people. »
Aesmir gave him a confused look. After a moment, though, a faint smile was on her lips. She slowly begun to understand.
« Should I have let you die in this cave ? »
She shook her head negatively.
« There are...corruptions...which never heal. Vices that poison the souls so deeply that there is no other choice. To protect the others, one must make choices. Some of us deserve to be protected, and some others deserve to be push into the abyss. »
Aesmir remained silent, like a child listening to a lesson. After a moment, she could feel the cold and strong hand of the man on her skin. His wounded hand, covered with cuts and scars, was kindly caressing her face, fingers sliding ner her eyes.
« Does it hurt ? »
« Every second... »
His hand fell back.
« I wish I had find you a little bit sooner... »
She gave him a sincere smile as an answer.
« They said you were a paladin once. »
« What changed ? »
Aesmir pondered over his question, before adding : « Your oaths have changed ? »
« No. I made an oath in my heart, and this oath was never broken. I a free from the laws of men. Laws are corrupted. I like to think my heart isn’t. I do no not wish to follow men who can be blinded by lies. I do not wish to bend to the codes political necessities demanded. I know what justice is, and it has always led my arm. »
Aesmir breathed every word, attentive, curious, patient. But as he realised how easily he was trusting the girl his feelings, she could feel him taking an abrupt distance.
« Don’t you have better things to do than losing your time in a cold icy underground ? »
Aesmir chuckled lightly, before shaking her head slightly.
« They said I will be blind all my life, that no one can cure me. They said I will never be able to fight again, and that I should go back to the Brume, and find a more..a more...suitable...job... »
Tergan growled angrily. « If this is what they think, then they are even more blind than you are. « he commented bluntly.
Aesmir canted her head sadly, clenching her fists, feeling the weight of frustration deep in her heart.
« Do you fight with your eyes ? »
Aesmir gave him a confused look.
« You fight with a sword. And it is your arm that holds the sword. As for what guides your arm, girl, it is your will. You can let them decide how your life will be. Or you can keep on fighting like you always did. »
Aesmir opened her mouth to answer, but shook her head instead. Pondering over his words, she offered a sost smile. « You are right, master. »
« Master ? »
Tergan refrained a laugh, before keeping an embrassed silence. The girl seemed serious about it.
« I told you, you owe me nothing... »
« Your words help me find a new vision of my world. You’re helping me see what it is fair to see, far beyond the shadows that now have been inhabiting my life. »
Saying so she protrates herself like she would have done before a deity, showing him far more respect than anyone could have given him regarding his rank, and walked away cleansed from fears, doubts and regrets.
Aesmir is a very simple woman at first glance. She is discrete, and very polite and respectful of the others. She always seem to listen, to care for others and to be sincere in all her words. She is not very talkative but she really enjoy sharing on her travels or talking with strangers on any kind of subjects. Her tone is warmth and she is an altruist. If one would pay more attention to her behaviour, Aesmir, despite being young, has the smile of a wise person who has been enduring many painful life experiences. Her calm attitude and her thoughtful decisions are just a token of the maturity of an adult who has grown up far too quickly. Her smile, although sincere, is never cleansed from regrets.
Aesmir enjoys life, and that is all. She cherishes each and every one second of peace in her existence and is a meditative person. She likes to set her mind free, flying over the sensations procurred by life : the wind whistling through the leaves, the warmth of the sun over her skin, the smell of flowers in the fields, the sugar taste of fruits, the songs of birds, the laughs of children in the settlements, the contrasted blurry lights of clear skies and night skies… She likes to learn, by herself and from others. Every encounter is a treasure for her, and she is convinced that anyone in this world has a lesson to teach her. Her dream is but a simple one : when this world will no longer need her, once peace and justice will rule, she wishes to raise and breed chocobo, and leave peacefully in the quiet nature. However, sometimes, her gaze seems empty, and her consciousness flickers when she is exhausted. Memories are haunting her mind, but sadness is something she is trying to fight off every day. Rarely, her smile can fade behind a neutral and cold attitude. In front of people she deems « unworthy », she could even be extremely unpleasant, but never in a despiseful way. As for the people she deems « corrupted by evil », she won’t ever hesitate to kill them – purely and simply. Rare are the times when she shows her dark side, which she offers to the ennemies of justice : the roaring rage, the disgust and the grief she feels when facing unfair crimes, are the feelings fueling her strenghts when fight is calls for. She can uses an extreme violence, quite suprinsing and unexpected, like a thunderstrike in a clear sky, but only if someone stomps on everything she care for. But this would certainly be very astonishing for whoever thinks Aesmir is but a kind friendly wandering traveller.
Aesmir follows her own morale, her own codes and her own oaths. She follows them whatever the price she must paid, and will never transgress her rigorous morale to preserve her honour. She would be ready to give her life, just like her master did, to stay true to her oath.
There are 7 principles, 7 oaths she swore in her heart and which are represented in her body, taking the shapes of 7 tatoos :
* Justice: Aesmir deems Justice as her main principale, the one which rules her world. Without Justice, there is only Chaos. And this is why justice needs to be defended by radical methods. To protect innocent souls, Aesmir would never hesitate to taint her own. She does not care for the judgement of others, nor her accusations. If she must steal, torture or plunder for a noble cause, she will. But the sufferings induced by her actions must be directed against the criminals she deemed unworthy to live for the greater good.
* Courage: Whatever the danger is, it must be faced. Courage is not the lack of fear or a mad temerity, but an action done by overcoming fear. To protect her values and defend what is fair, she is ready to put her life in the balance, as it is fair to know when one must live or die.
* Kindness: Aesmir has always been convinced that the world must not be looked at with a biased jugement. One must enjoy the encounters of life to learn from them and learn to elevate one’s mind. She tries to be altruist with everyone, as lng as the person deserves to be treated this way.
* Respect: Aesmir has always been respectful of codes and beliefs of others. She is very polite. She has no interest in her heart, considering herself an eternal pupil seeking to enrich her wisdom by travelling the world.
* Sincerity: Aesmir hates lies and considers manipulation as cowardice. As a matter of fact, she doesn’t know how to lie, even if it somehow leads her to a difficult situation. She has always wanted to be honest in her intentions, even if these said intentions are to murder someone for justice.
* Honour: She considers her travails as a spiritual quest which will lead her to defend her values. Honour is something she can reach by making difficult choices. She is unable to act viciously, or uses stratagems which could taint her principles.
* Loyalty: Aesmir loathes treachery. She is a faithful loyal and gentle friend.
Aesmir is a young female hyur going in her thirties. She is of average height and her dark her have blue reflects. She has an empty gaze, sometimes glowing faintly in the dark like the eyes of an animal. Although it seems nothing is wrong with them, she cannot see anything more than shapes and colours, her vision blurred and veiled by a curse. The aether in her eyes seems difficult to counter, making her probably blind for all her life – unless somehow, one day perhaps, can cure the curse? She always carry a heavy sword in her back. A two-handed claymore far too heavy and as big as she actually his. It is obvious the sword has been shaped for a man, far taller than the fragile little hyur. There is a peculiar stone embbeded in the sword itself, emitting a dark glow when Aesmir uses it in specific situations... Being blind, she is always walking with an old wooden stick, poking the objects around to make sure she doesn’t bump into something when travelling in unknown places.
Scars & Markings:
She has 7 tatoos, each being a symbol of her values. She has numerous scars too, token of a dangerous life she has been living, although she tends to hide them – she would not feel very comfortable having people worrying about this.
Nothing but old travelling clothes, or whatever someone would see fit to offer her.
Tergan Kael ( ✖ Deceased ) - The Dark Knight
Aesmir's Master: Tergan was the center of Aesmir's world since the day she lost her eyes. He took her under his wing and received from her true loyalty and dedication. With time their bound grew so strong they were becoming like father and daughter, travelling the whole world to seek the path of Justice. He helped Aesmir beat the darkness in her soul, and she helped him fight the darkness of his solitude. Unfortunately, when he died protecting refugees from the Empire, he left Aesmir in this same overwhelming solitude and broke something in her heart which never quite healed.
Lylwen Galahad ( ♥ Buddies ) - "Let's dress you up and make you pretty!"
Aesmir's friend: Aesmir met Lylwen in the Mist, while she remained with an independent company for some time. Lylwen was a great fighter but she had difficulties harnessing the devouring darkness lurking in her soul. Aesmir swore to guide her the best she could and left the company with her by her side. Both of them trained and brought to each other wisdom and friendship, untill they parted ways and followed their own paths.
Zachary Isaac ( ♥ Buddies ) - "You are from being as strong as Tergan was."
Aesmir's crush: Aesmir met him when she joined an independant company, trading her help as a swordwoman against shelter and food. Zachary knew her master and the memories he brought back made her feel more and more fragile and weak compared to the greatness of her master's reputation. She tried hard to be worthy of Zachary's memories of Tergan but realised she was but a shadow of him. With time and unexpected quiproquos, she began to grow quite fond of him...which scared her. True to her oath, she chose to leave with Lylwen instead of listening to her heart's feelings towards Zachary.
Koharu Iyashi ( ● Positive ) - "You are a reckless idiot, just like your master was."
A friend: Aesmir met her in Ul'dah as Koharu revealed Tergan asked her to watch over his apprentice. Now that he died, Koharu seemed to have chosen to be Aesmir's guardian.
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