Giving Araven's hand a firm shake, he replied, "Caiden Voros of Redfield." He gave Krystia a low nod, as well. "Pleasure to meet you both."
Krystia had smiled widely at Caiden’s statement, and it had not missed Araven’s notice.
"The pleasure is ours." she replied. Araven struggled to hide his exasperation.
"I'd second talking to Cristina first"Another Venator spoke up, this one a tiny elven woman with fiery auburn hair. "With so many gone missing, the last thing we want to do is go in blind."
She turned to Araven and Krystia: "I'm Hollí Emberleaf" she introduced herself. "You're welcome to join us!"
“Good to meet you, Hollí,” Araven replied. “I appreciate the invitation, and I’ll be happy to join you. I can’t speak for Krystia, but I’m sure she would be too.” His eyes darted towards Caiden at that. If she went with Caiden on this hunt, Araven would feel his ears burning the entire time.
Another woman appeared next to Krystia. She was easily the most beautiful person that Araven had ever seen. “Oh, Krystine, I’ve been looking all over for you!” She smiled widely. “I had some hunting techniques I wanted to show you!” She winked at the younger Venator.“Don’t worry gentlemen, I won’t be long~...” Brys added, flashing Caiden a warm grin as she whisked Krystia away from the group.
Araven wasn’t too worried at this point. Krystia could handle herself in most situations, unless, of course, Caiden Voros happened to be involoved.
Luckily, Agethar said something to break the silence left by Krystia’s departure. "Ye seem familiar wit' Dragon's Lair. Would ye mind sharing what ye know about it wit' us, or is it more of a...er, private matter?"
"It's not," Caiden replied. "I went there shortly after a long mission in Rognosst Swamp. I'm familiar with Cristina and I'm familiar with the region. It's a good city, ruled by the Drakes. And it's full of good people... all of whom respect their ruling family." His eternal scowl worsened just a tad. "It'd be best if we didn't mention Tom or what happened to him."
"That goes without sayin'." Agethar said.
Caiden shrugged. "Word spread fast after the people of Illikon learned the truth," he clarified. "To the Empire, Tom is dead. He has an empty grave in Illikon. He told his parents to bury him there if he ever fell in battle."
"But I'm surprised tha' 'is family has their own city," he continued "I always thought that th' Drakes lived in a Manor in Illikon."
"The Drakes are one of the Northwest's three major families under the Illikonis... each one rules their own city, and each one has a manor in Illikon." He shrugged. "Don't know much beyond that."
"Given your particular experience with the area, do you have any thoughts on what could have gotten Indigo and Darin?" Araven asked Caiden.