The Dragon Huntress
Even when growing up, Elia didn't fit in with the other girls. They would dress up in dresses. She wore cloaks. They would cook and sew. She would throw knives. They liked boys. She liked bows.
Elia was a bit of an outcast to her village, with her striking dark brown hair that was always kept back in a fishtail plait, and her light blue/green eyes that seemed to change colour in the light. She had no parents, and at 16 lives alone, and breathlessly waits each year to watch the dragons during the Week of Xanithar, admiring the way they fly, wild and free. This year is her year of testing, at 16.
This week everyone prepares themselves for the 4 dragon riders that come from from the 4 different magic academies across the world and search for dragon riders at all the villages. Why? Because during this week there are no rules. The first dragon rider to get to the village can claim it. The moment that dragon rider sets foot on the ground of your village, the emblem of that academy is hung from the flag and any new dragon riders in their village are their academies, new students.
Each village has 4 new dragon riders, this is the way it has been for years. Male or female, these dragon riders are found when after the week the dragon rider returns to the villages she/he has claimed and tests them one by one to find the four riders. The challenge for the dragon riders in the Week of Xanithar is to claim as many strong blooded villages as possible for there are certain villages that are known to have strong bloodlines and past riders from there have been powerful, such as Elia's village. There were usually big fights between dragons above our village to have access to claim our riders. During this week every year, Elia's village readies themselves for the arrival of the dragons, knowing that they will the first village to be claimed.
The week of Xanithar. The week of Dragons. The week of Choosing.