The stillness and silence was broken by a knocking on the wooden door across from the bed.
“Master Vanguard?” the maid’s meek voice came from the other side of the door.
“Yes?” the Master Vanguard asked.
“Master Vangaurd, I have a letter for you from His Royal Majesty, King Amadeus V”
The king? Vladimir wondered “Enter.”
The maid entered the room as Vladimir stood to receive the letter from her.
“Thank you, dismissed” Vladimir said in his calm, even tones.
“Yes, Master Vangaurd” the maid bowed and left the room, closing the door behind her.
Vladimir gazed at the light yellow envelope that looked like it had been aged. The front was blank, but the back held the Phoenixian Royal seal in wax. It was affixed to the overlapping portions of the envelope. He moved across the room to the desk by the door where his writing implements were kept. He opened a drawer and found the letter opener. He ran the small blade under the wax seal and broke it.
The letter inside was the same color as the envelope. He removed the letter and unfolded the paper and noticed another red wax seal of the Royal House. The script on the page was hand written, it seemed, by the king himself. The black ink stood out against the yellowish-white paper. Vladimir’s eyes scanned the letter which read:
Master Vanguard Vladimir,
I have an urgent mission for you and you alone. My beloved daughter, the princess of Phoenixia has been abducted. I need you to rescue her.
Please come to the Icarian Castle in the capitol, Everkeep. I will explain more of the situation there.
-His Royal Majesty, King Amadeus V
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