A hawkmaiden is the highest level one can achieve in the all-female Raptor Guild, and it means that they have formed a life-bond with their hawk that allows them to see through one another’s eyes and act as one. The Raptor Guild has traditionally sent a hawkmaiden to the Flight Festival to perform demonstrations and gather recruits. Elia has long awaited this opportunity, as it is her first festival, but she also feels like the town of Kindling and the festival itself are an undue encroachment upon nature.

Rumor has it that Prince-Bishop Leonard III is planning to disestablish the Raptor Guild, replacing it with all-male mercenaries from a neighboring kingdom. This has left Elia on edge and desperate to show her guild’s worth at the festival.

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