It was the day of the Vanguard Trials. The best of the soldier and guard initiates had lined their steeds, owned or borrowed, up in the field, breathing the adrenaline-rich air. They were about to undertake a day’s worth of equestrian and combat tests that would challenge horse, rider, and the bond between the two. Theodore was ready. He was the best guard initiate Elborn had. Mounted on one of the Vanguard’s horses, how could he fail?