Vivian nodded at Lynessa's comment about guarding the rear. "Yeah. If we can get them on the main road, you''ll be able to guide them while playing rear guard. I'll keep their attention on me as best I can, but odds are, a few will slip by me. I can only fight so many people at once." she said, before smiling at the question of her capabilities. "Untrained, angry peasants are something I can handle. Rynmere isn't like Rharne, the people there aren't fighters, not by nature. They are...born and raised to be subservient. Peasants serve the nobility, the nobility serves the kind, and the king serves himself. From birth, peasants are raised to believe that they have no power to change this, and many of the nobility support it. The ones who didn't are either dead, exiled, or afraid." she said, her tone quiet.
The man who was in charge had approached while she was speaking and nodded at her assessment. "You are not wrong, dame Shiryu." he said, carefully not using her old name. "Our people are not only not taught to fight, we are taught not to fight. The nobility claims to protect us, that we do not have to worry because they watch over us. For a long time, I believed it, like so many others here. But the moment one of us steps out of line, or does something that might give us power, they turn on us." he said, before looking sadly at Vivian. "The only nobles who recognized the truth and cared to change things are as she said, dead or exiled or afraid." he said, before straightening himself. "My people are ready to move. We're slow, and our mages are not skilled in combative magics, so I'm afraid we rely on you for protection, barring myself and a few others strong enough to try and fight." he said, his tone showing he was ready for whatever came next.
Vivian nodded at him and worked a krick in her neck before she spoke. "Sister Lynessa will lead your people to the road, then provide a rear guard while you head for either the city or the nearest fortification. I will stay behind and deal with your pursuers. Rynmere's peasants do not know tactics or combat, so I'm not likely to run into much trouble, just a lot of anger and stupidity." she said, before she headed over to her horse as everyone made ready to leave. Vivian nodded at Lynessa as they led the group back to the main road, then stood her horse in the middle of the path as they started on their way. When Lynessa was about to leave, she looked at the priestess. "If you pass a fortification, get some of them to help you guard the peasants. If they can send someone my way as well, I would appreciate it. I'm not expecting any trouble, but we'll have to see." she said, before Lynessa left with the refugees.
A break passed before anything happened, and Vivian was beginning to worry she had been outflanked when a band of Rynmere peasants, who were in better condition than the refugees, stumbled out of the brush carrying crude weapons and torches. All six of them were mounted on ragged horses that had seen better days, and looked to have been stolen on top of that. One of them smirked when he saw Vivian and tried to nudge his horse forward. His lack of horsemanship showed, however, and he struggled for a bit before he got the horse to move forward a step. "Ho there, fellow knight! We are representatives of the illustrious Order of Mantis. We seek a band of criminal mages who have fled to this land. You will assist us in their capture." his tone attempting the arrogant superiority of the worst of the nobility. Unfortunately, he was clearly not practiced and sounded more like a whining child.
Vivian sighed and shook her head. "You're Rynmere peasantry, in no position to make demand of a Lightning Knight of Rharne. You've also clearly got little in the way of skill with those horses you're riding, and if they aren't stolen, then I'd be surprised." she said, her tone cold as she drew her sword, the crimson blade glinting in the fading sun, a sharp contrast to the blue bolts of electricity that crackled across her armor and shield. "This is Rharnian territory, and the refugees you're planning on murdering are under Rharne's protection. Turn back now, lest I be forced to teach you just how far from knighthood you rabble really are." Vivian said, nudging Speck forward effortlessly.
The six peasants were clearly taken aback to be so easily found out, but after a moment, they all started trying to push their horses into a charge. Vivian sat and watched them for a minute before they finally pulled into a charge. Being honest, she could have, rather easily killed all six of them by now, but she was trying to avoid their deaths. They were so inept that it would have been murder to do it, and she was trying to avoid that. Lynessa wouldn't have a problem, so Vivian let three of the faster, for lack of a better word, peasants get past her so she could focus on the other three.
The three she let get by whooped in triumph, clearly unaware of what they were in for if they managed to catch Lynessa, while the other three decided to just try and fight Vivian. One of them charged at her, and Vivian raised her shield and charged back, knocking him clean out of his saddle with the defensive instrument. Another, with a bow so crudely constructed that Vivian doubted it even could fire, attempted to put an arrow to his bow. Vivian just gathered lightning in her hand and threw it at him, knocking him out of the saddle with the bolt. The third, now the only one conscious do the impacts of the other two, looked at her a moment and threw his weapon the ground, raising his hands in surrender. "Congratulations, you're the only one of your band with a brain. Get off that horse." she said, her tone commanding.
The peasant nodded and slid to the ground while Vivian pulled out some rope and threw it at him. "Bind your companions hands, then wake them up. I'll bind yours when I get these horses unsaddled." she said, sliding out of her own saddle. The peasant nodded and got to the job, although he was clumsy at it. The horses, meanwhile, turned out to have been saddled and bridled for several days, looking at their condition. Vivian sighed and looked towards Rharne. She was going to be busy here for a bit, it seemed.