Location Outside the Fortress The mission was over. The team the Aristocracy sent to do their bidding had failed. They were betrayed. Zeus had lived. The Bandit King was probably gutted. His time here was done. Iván sighed, lamenting over how his first quest with the Aristocracy had failed, though not of his own doing. He did his part, played his role as best as he could. The bandits were perhaps just destined to lose. Not that it would affect him, really. He had an excuse, technically the truth, for his failure: The Aristocracy failed him first when they failed to make sure their own team didn’t have traitors, though considering their reputation, that should’ve been expected. Still, a quick background check would’ve done wonders. What could he have done anyway? He was a new member, fresh meat. He only really knew Portia Ahrens and not even that much. It was a lost cause from the very beginning. At least he didn’t die. “I hope Zeus survives,” he muttered to himself as he continued walking towards the light, shortly finding himself outside the fortress. The legend was real, at least Iván had witnessed that to be the truth. He was impressed by the lions’ king but not that much to change allegiances. Not that he would fare better with the Pride. They were loud and heroic, and Iván was neither of those things nor did he wish otherwise. He preferred working behind the spotlight, not under it. He was made to work the shadows, not wield a blade in the front lines. That was how he wanted to play his game, and he wasn’t feeling like it would change anytime soon. “Maybe the next time we meet, I can return the favor.” He knew he couldn’t. He wouldn’t be able to repay such a favor. Zeus had saved his life, and while this was all still just a game, the old man didn’t need to. Either Zeus dies before Iván could ever, if he even could, reach his level or he could just not get to that level. It was a pity. Iván did admire Zeus. If only they could play the same game. He shook his head and smiled under his turtleneck, sighing as he continued walking.