[SS] The Storm & the Sabre: Prologue
I remember that day. It was the twelfth day of the campaign, and neither side had gained any meaningful advantages. Smoke blotted out the sun, and the smell of burning flesh was burnt into everyone’s nostrils. Each day we collected our dead and returned to the shore, and each night we watched as Bilgewater conducted their burial services. The harbor was filled with the floating buoys of their fallen comrades, and I couldn’t help but wonder why we fought.
I knew the answer, of course. Bilgewater had overstepped its boundaries and was taking more than its share of the sea. Demacia had to respond in kind. It was simple, really, and I never questioned my orders.
Even so, as I sat on the crag and watched those buoys disappear with the low tide the sunrise brought, I wondered. What was the point? What was the ending my king was looking for? A beaten and battered Bilgewater back in the bay? Another chance for Demacia to prove its superiority as if the rest of Runeterra didn’t know it already? I looked across the sea at the waiting fleet of pirates. At its helm was the Stoutheart, a beautiful galleon outfitted to the brim with firepower. Barrels of gunpowder lined the deck, an indication of their confidence. Just one clean shot could blast it into the heavens. A blow like that would shake Bilgewater’s fleet to its core; it would effectively end the campaign. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. That ship was the key. When I opened my eyes, I saw her.
Standing on the deck of the Stoutheart was a young woman dressed in red with raven-colored hair. She stood tall, her hands on the hilts of her long Khanjars. She was captivating…and looking at me. Our eyes locked. Slowly, she raised her right hand, her index finger pointed straight at me. I got to my feet, matching her gaze. Gradually she twisted her arm, and her index finger was replaced by her middle finger. Cheeky. After a few seconds, she turned, whipping her hair behind her. I didn’t know it yet, but she would change my life forever.