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Author Topic: Chapter One: "The Old Wizard"  (Read 19345 times)
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« on: March 15, 2004, 09:18:22 PM »

Glad to be going home for a while...

Chronusian, walks swiftly down the splendid streets of the city of Ximax. He has decided to take a break from his schoolwork at the Acadamy, and visit his father.

Terranus Delmian lives in the upper apartment of an old bookshop, which he runs. This is all he has to support Chronusian, with his erxpensive school fees. Chronusian, walks up to the door of the shop.

That's strange, closed on a great a day as this.

He opened the door. No candles were lit, and the place was a mess. "We've been robbed!" , he said unknowingly aloud. He then heard shuffling in the corner.

"Son, is that you?" . Terranus lies in the corner, beaten and broken. "Come here." His voice seems as if it is about to fail.

"Father, what has passed here? What is all this?"

Terranus looks at chronusian gravely.
"I have no time to explain. You must leave for Horth at once."
Chronus is startled by this announcement.

"Horth? Why father?"
Terranus slowly pulled himself up into a chair.
"I want you to retrieve what was stolen from me. Chronus, do you remember the white spellbook that I kept on a pedestal when you were young? That is more important than it seems. There is a great magic involved in it, and it must be retrieved."

Chronus looked at his father with dismay.
"I suppose I can take off of school for a few days. I'll just take a caravan."

"NO!" Terranus yells. "You must walk, you do not want to draw attention to yourself. When you arrive at Horth, find a theif named Guideon, and give him this letter. He will help you. Now Chronus, you must not travel alone." Terranus coughs. "Get to Horth quickly." Terranus passes out.

He is tired. I dont know whats going on but I'd better be gone before he wakes...

Chronusian gathers his gear, and walks into the city to search for a travelling companion.

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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2004, 02:18:22 PM »

“YOU DIRTY SCOUNDRAL YOU’RE TRYING TO CHEAT ME!” Slye screamed pushing up from her chair and placing her hands on her hips

“My Lady…I was doing No such thing” the Man on the other side of the table stated… nervously glancing around the room and licking his lips… it reminded Slye of a snake she had seen on her travels…long and green, it had slithered across her path one eve tasting the air with its tongue….She shook her head, getting her mind back to the subject at hand…She was not about to loose Any of her coin to this Snake of a man, in this Over Crowded Musky Bar….She put her hands on the table and leaned closer

YOU MUST THINK ME A FOOL SIR”She said her Light Brown eyes narrowing her voice never dropping

“No of course Not….I ….I Just think your mistaken and upset that you lost” he stood up and began to collect the coins on the table “Now.... so not to make a Scene..I’ll just pack up my Winni….” Slye smacked his hand as he tried to pick up her coins

“Let me See you’re Dice….” She said as nicely as she could muster

“Of Course of Course….As long as after your done examining them....I can take my winnings and Leave?...” Slye eyed him a moment before agreeing….the man placed the two dice into her hand….she rolled them around in her fingers feeling the weight and putting them up to her eyes examining the sides….They seemed…. Well….like perfectly normal dice…The man smiled his toothless grin, grabbed the dice from her hands and started picking up her coins

Slye just couldn’t understand….She was doing so Well…Had won almost twice of what she started with…. and then out of No where….one small swoop he had taken it all…Down to the last Cent…This would teach her to bet when she was on a budget….A tight budget at that…

Just when she was about to slump back into her chair and admit defeat…something she rarely ever did…their was a shift in the over crowded bar…. a Barmaid knocked into the Snake Man collecting his Winnings …and another set of dice fell out from the Folds of his sleeve…It took only a moment for Slye to register what this meant…

<span style="font-size:medium;">“HEY!”</span> She shouted….The man Just Grinned, grabbed as much of the coin off the table as he could and decked….weaving around people faster than She thought Possible in this stuffed bar....She started out after him But stopped….Her height allowed her to see over the tops of heads… he was already at the door… he’d be long gone by the time she made it there …She looked down at the table and picked up the remaining coins….a San or two short of what she started with…Sighing Slye raised her Hand to get the Waitresses attention…

“Might as well spend it on a good Beer…” She said to herself before adding “What in the Gods Name am I doing in Ximax City?..”

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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2004, 09:46:22 AM »

Injèrá is setting, when a grey little horse is willingly putting one hoof before  the other. An old man, dressed in a simple grey cloak  leads it up the road, seemingly as tired as his animal. Obviously he is searching for something. Suddenly his face lightens up, he pads his horse on the head and tells it:

“ Hey old friend, we will try out this tavern with this exceptional name!‘The old wizard‘ That fits for us, though normally I don‘t see me as a wizard! “

He fixes the reigns of his horse at a ring fixed in the walls, pads it a last time on its back.

“ I will be back as soon as I have found accommodation for us two, and don‘t worry, nobody will come and steal such a pretty horse as you are. “

While still talking to his horse, he hears quite some shouting coming out of  the windows, which are set too high in the wall to allow to have a look inside.


“ YOU MUST THINK ME A FOOL SIR “he hears a woman shout, followed by an “HEY“

Only a moment passes and a man runs out of the tavern, taking the stairs leading to the entrance with one jump.

Seems, not all people in there are honourable. But by Grothar, you have to take the weather as it comes!

With these thoughts Hieronimus Kupfdrubus takes the stairs up to the tavern a bit slower as the last customer who left it. The door is still open.

The tavern is full of people, a wonder that there is no fight after the shouts he has heard a moment ago.He looks around if he could find the upset woman, but obviously she has calmed down already.

What catches his attention however is a TALL lady. Hieronimus has wandered around quite a bit, up and down nearly the whole length of Santharia and has not met a woman this tall. He would never address an unknown femal of his own accord, being a little shy in this respect, despite his age, but on the other side, he is curious. She waves for the waitress, standing at her table. And does she not look quite a bit heated and upset? Hieronimus chooses a table next to hers, but before taking a seat, he looks UP to her, examine her quite directly, not being aware, that this might be more intruding as if he had addressed her.

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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2004, 11:43:22 AM »

Chronusian slowly walked down the lane, trying to figure out what just happened.
Why has this happened to me?
He knew more than anything that his father was in great distress, but couldn't figure out why that book was so important. He decided that he should just do what he was told. He was a bit upset that he would have to leave school, but he knew his dad would work all of that out.

He walked warily into a well known bar 'The Old Wizard'. He knew that was the spot for travellers who came into Ximax. As he approached the door, he heard a loud yell, and a short little man ran out with a fistful of coins. Chronusian didn't take long to figure out what was wrong. He ran after the little man, with amazing speed and tripped him with his staff.

"Stealing isn't very nice now is it?" Chronusian pressed the tip of his staff hard on the man's back. He also checked to see if he was armed. He spied a simple dagger hanging at the bandits belt, and realized he didn't have one. "I'll be returning these to the person they belong to, and turn you into the authorities." He smiled a vey mischevious smile, which was not very much like him. "Unless of course you  let me have this dainty of a dagger you have here. I'd say thats a fair trade." The man , stilled pinned to the ground mumbled,"Sure, take it just get offa me!" Chronusian let the man go and backed away slowly, to be sure that he didn't have a trick up his sleeve. He then entered the bar. Somewhere near the entrance was a very tall woman, and an old man, standing there. The woman looked quite angry, and Chronus suspected that she was the one who shouted.
"Excuse me maam" he said politely, "but I believe these coins were taken from you."  

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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2004, 01:52:22 PM »

EzCode Parsing Error: size=3]Slye smiled as the Barmaid handed her a big mug of Dwarven Beer…She never usually liked the taste of the strong drink…But today she needed it ... She tossed the girl a coin and brought the mug up to her slightly plumped lips and proceeded to drain the tanker into her mouth…not very lady like but hey… Slye really wasn’t too much of a lady….About midway threw however She noticed she was being stared at…not your discrete stare mind you….But more like Gawking ….She slowly brought down her mug and turned her head…her eyebrow raising

What in the world is this old man staring at? She thought to herself looking at the shorter man by her side….perhaps if she were younger or had just started her traveling…his gawking would have angered her... tempted her to say something that no “Real Lady” should even think about…But these past 5 year’s the looks she got from men and women alike became part of an every day thing…it was mostly her height, being a lot taller than your average female…but other things as well… like her slender waist, long legs and of course her Ample…….well you know… got their fair share of looks aswell….

She was about to comment to the gentleman, ask him if he needed something when she was stopped

EzCode Parsing Error: color=orange]"Excuse me maam" he said politely, "but I believe these coins were taken from
Slyes mouth dropped open as she stared at the younger man holding out his hand in front of her My Money! ...” She almost screamed...

Slye couldn’t believe it…she never thought she’d see these coins again …Why would anyone go out of their way to stop a thief from stealing someone else’s money…and then, return it to the person they stole it from? She took the coins out of his hands…

“Thank you…But…why did you…I Don’t …” She couldn’t even get the words out hoping her quizzical looked would be question enough…she stared at the man almost the same as the old man at the table by her side stared at her…He was shorter than her but not by much and had straight black hair, fairly attractive to the eyes…she shook her head stopping her mind from wandering

“Please…Please…Sit down….Let me Buy you a Drink…. I have the coin now...” She smiled, motioning to the chair by her side “I don’t know how to thank you…This is really something I never expected …Uh…My names Slye...” She said sticking out her hand in greeting… ” Um....What would you like to drink?”[/font]

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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2004, 03:05:22 PM »

Zdoth walked toward the crowded tavern ‘The Old Wizard’, while staring in awe at all of the gorgeous buildings.  He had just arrived in this wondrous city, and he had been busing him self with gawking at of the slanted domed buildings, and the tall, sharply pointed eleven towers.  He was staring at one beautiful building, with his jaw hanging loosely, when he heard some one yell, “YOU MUST THINK ME A FOOL SIR,” followed by the same voice shouting “HEY!”  He spun around on his heels, and saw a man run out of the building; he followed him with his eyes and watched as a young man subdued the thief.  He started to walk towards the tavern, intent on a nice glass of juice, when he tripped over his feet and landed with a loud “OOF.”  Quickly hopping up, he brushed himself off, grabbed up the few arrows that spilled out of his quiver, picked up his bow, and walked to the tavern.  

He slowly opened the door, and kept his head low, as he searched for a table.  The tavern was packed.  After a little bit of searching, he had given up all hope of finding a table.  Just as he was leaving, his eyes spotted a table with only one person sitting at it.  Maybe this old man wont mind if I sit here, Zdoth thought, as he made his way through the thick mass of people to the old man, who was staring at a very tall woman next to him, who, ironically, was chatting with the same young man who had subdued the thief.  

What a coincidence he thought as he gently tapped the old man on the shoulder and asked in a quiet voice, “Excuse me good sir, but would you mind if I sit down?”  

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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2004, 07:14:22 AM »

“Excuse me good sir, but would you mind if I sit down?“


It is as if Hieronimus awakes from a dream. He has stared at this tall woman, but somehow after a time he hasn‘t seen her, but another special woman she reminds him of  ...a Baveras Aid he met long ago on his wanderings...., but suddenly he is called back to the present. Still disorientated, all he is able to say in the moment is:

“What?“

He sees quite a small man with not a single hair on his head, pitch-black eyes and a scar running over his face and a crooked nose.

After staring now for a second or two at this man, he comes back to reality again :

“Of course you can sit on this table, please do so, I like to have company.“
He waves with his hands to invite the strange looking newcomer to sit down.

“But excuse me for a moment, I think I was impolite to this nice lady here, I have to apologise.“

Hieronimus gets up again and turns to the tall lady, who has only eyes for the rescuer of her money.

“Ermm, my lady, if I may interrupt you. I just realised, that I was very impolite staring at you. But you reminded me of somebody....somebody I knew long ago, please forgive an old man his peculiarities. And let me honour this brave young man, I saw the thief leaving the tavern as well, but didn‘t think of going after him. May I invite you two for a drink? Ahh, maybe I should introduce me first: I‘m Hieronimus Kupfdrubus.“

He invites the two to sit at his table.

“I hope you don‘t mind!“
he says to the newcomer who has asked to sit at his table and then adds:

“I like to invite you as well for a drink, it is a good day for me today, this lady brought good memories back!“


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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2004, 01:32:22 PM »

Slye was waiting for the Young Man to introduce his self and shake her hand when….

“Ermm, my lady, if I may interrupt you. I just realised, that I was very impolite staring at you. But you reminded me of somebody....somebody I knew long ago, please forgive an old man his peculiarities. And let me honour this brave young man, I saw the thief leaving the tavern as well, but didn‘t think of going after him. May I invite you two for a drink? Ahh, maybe I should introduce me first: I‘m Hieronimus Kupfdrubus.“

She brought her arm down as the old man Motioned for them to take a seat at his table....She slowly registered what he had said… tilting her head to the side as an owl would do…He was offering to buy them a Drink…Saving Slye Further coin Usage….Which to be honest, she was very grateful….Without finding a job, Slye had only enough money to last her about another week, two if she didn’t splurge for a room every night …and that’s if she budgeted well…

Of course, all her money Problems would be solved if she just returned home…The Yunkia family being fairly wealthy, involved in both Trade and Military…But Slye hadn’t been home in the Past 5 years…and she refused to do so now… Even if she had to result to begging in the streets… She smiled and nodded to the older man before taking a seat at his table…looking up as he spoke to a younger fellow by his side, a man with a very nice scar down his face…guessing about how he got it

“I like to invite you as well for a drink, it is a good day for me today, this lady brought good memories back!“ He told the gentlemen

This made Slye Smile even Wider “I Try to Do What I can…” She said to Both Men before Winking “Well Met Hieronimus Kupfdrubus…The Gods Must Favor Me Today…For not only do I have a Hero in my midst” Glancing at the Young Black haired man who had yet to gave her a name    “…..But I have a gentlemen who buys me a drink as well…. I am Slye Yunkia…and it is a pleasure ….”  

Noticing that she was the only one sitting at the table she played with a wild wisp of hair behind her ear, a habit she had yet to break since childhood…. “Now Will I ever Know the Name of My Hero…and you?” She said to the Man by Hieronimus’s Side

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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2004, 03:15:22 PM »

“Now Will I ever Know the Name of My Hero?"

Her hero… Those words rang a bell in his head. How long has it been… no, he didn’t want the memories to return of that one he loved…

However long he reminisced, he blotted out all speech after a while, he finally was able to answer.

“Chronusian Delmian” he said, addressing Slye. He sat down at the table and addressed the Scarfaced man, sitting next to Hieronimus: The Grey One (as Chronus called him).That is quite a justifiable name too. Everything about the man was grey, his clothes, his hair, and even his eyes were some shade of grey.

He immediately noticed that his eyes were all black, and it scared the wits out of him. Somehow, though, Chronusian felt he was in great company. He turned to Hieronimus.

“I’m leaving for Horth tonight, so I’m glad this came to pass. Now how about that drink sir? A nice, hot mug of kilaff would be a good way to start a journey. What do you say?”
He turned to Slye,

“Well met lady Slye”.

Chronus turned silently toward the unnamed man... He said nothing, but made a slight gesture with his lips, suggesting that he introduce himself.



Woe, woe, my raptured soul is crying.
While the formal me is living the romantic me is dying.

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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2004, 05:07:22 PM »

"I’m leaving for Horth tonight, so I’m glad this came to pass.  Now how about that drink sir?  A nice, hot mug of kilaff would be a good way to start a journey.  What do you say?”

“The name is Zdoth.  Zdoth Natterath.” He said while setting his bow on the table, his eyes darted about the three before turning to Hieronimus. “And thank you for your kind offer, but I will pay for my own drink if you don’t mind.”  

At that, Zdoth bent over under the table and began to look through his backpack for the coins he knew he had hidden in the bottom.  After a little bit of digging, he found a hand full of coppers.  He pulled them out, and began to sit up again when he hit his head on the table edge with a loud thump, which caused him to drop his coins.  They went sprawling across the crowed room.  Mumbling a curse under his breath, Zdoth crawled about recovering two of his coppers.  With a sigh he ran his hand over his baldhead, looked at Hieronimus, and mumbled, “Your offer for a drink still up?”

He turned to the tall women and studied her, she reminded him of his mother, only much taller.  For a moment, he was swept back in time.  He relived one of the horrors of his past.  His began to breathe harder, he looked sick.  He a scream rang out in the tavern, but one only heard by his ears, the scream shook him out of his trance, and he turned his eyes to Chronusian.  He looked him up and down, and nodded his head in a silent approval.

“Horth?  Where is that?” he said simply, being unfamiliar with this continent, and eager to explore it.

I am out of money, He thought to himself, this man might need help perhaps we could help each other.

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« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2004, 02:03:22 AM »

“ Of course my offer is standing, Sir!  What would you like to have? A dwarven ale or a k‘laff like this young man here - sorry, what was your name again, Chrusonian? My memory falls a bit short sometimes.
I will have a Ximaxian Rainbow when we are in the town where it originated. But you have to have a good stomach for it, I would not recommend it for ladies either....it needs a man to drink such a cocktail ...!“


Hiero looks at Slye, wondering what she might answer to this little affront. But before waiting for a reaction, he waves for the barmaid.

“ And you want to leave for Horth this night? Hieronimus asks the young man. “Why so hastily? There are about 500 strals till Horth, and though on the first days ride there will be no dangers, I would not recommend to start at night - it will rain heavily on top and you will need a shelter anyway. Leave in the early morning and I might even join you! “ he says with a hidden smile, this young eager fellow seemed to be a nice guy (running after a thief without knowing what was the matter at all!). “But this night I need some rest and like to enjoy a nice evening in company , a good wine and an even better meal!“

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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2004, 09:20:22 AM »

“Well met Chronusian....” She said to her Supposed Hero.... “Well met Zdoth” She glanced at the Man with the Scar going down his face...She had to stifle a laugh when he reached down into his bag and banged his head on the table coming back up...She felt sorry for him when he lost his coins..She could almost guarantee no one would be coming to return them as Chronusian had done for her...She tucked a strand of hair behind her ear and turned back to the converstation....

I will have a Ximaxian Rainbow when we are in the town where it originated. But you have to have a good stomach for it, I would not recommend it for ladies either....it needs a man to drink such a cocktail ...!“

Slyes eyebrow raised at that remark, and she forced herself to smile at the older man ...it wasn’t a convincing smile... but it was a heck of a lot nicer than what she really wanted to do...She assumed since he was an older gentleman that he was just speaking on how it must have been years ago....she’d have to school him on how times have changed.....as he turned his attention to Chronusian....She looked at the barmaid who came by to take their drink order and smiled at the pudgy lady

“Ill take an Ximaxian Rainbow Please....”She said loud enough for everyone to hear and couldn’t help but look at the older man...... the corners of her mouth turned into a smirk....

“You Know I have to agree with you Hieronimus...When it comes to that Drink....a Lady really couldn’t handle it.....But luckily enough for us I don’t see a lady here.....Only a Woman...And a Woman such as I ... Can Handle anything”     Or at least that’s what she hoped .....she had never had the drink before...Actually to be honest she had ever even heard of it...All she could do is pray that her mouth didnt get her into trouble again.....

“Chronusian it seems that you have everyone Interested in your Journey to Horth...” Slye said leaning back into her seat “ If I may ask....what is your reason for going there?”

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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2004, 12:59:22 PM »

“I’ll take a Tulimon Grape Juice please.”  Zdoth quietly said, just barely audible over the roar of the Tavern.  

He turned back to Hieronimus and, with a slight smile on his face, said, “I thank you for your kindness good sir.  I feel that I am in your debt…”  With out waiting for a reply of any sort, he reached into his backpack and pulled out an odd-looking fruit, and tossed it to Hieronimus, “Please take this as a payment for the drink, it is fruit of the morta’ii.”

With that, Zdoth turned his attention to Slye, who was saying something about the Ximaxian Rainbow, which apparently was a drink.  He thought for a moment about quelling his curiosity and simply waiting to hear Chronusian’s story, but his ample curiosity got the best of him.  

“What is this Ximaxian Rainbow?  I am afraid I do not know what it is…”  He asked, the question directed towards anyone who could give him an answer.  

Zdoth sat back in his chair, waiting for his drink, and enjoying good company, something he was beginning to get used to since he left his homeland.  He turned his attention to Chronusian, awaiting his story of why he was journeying to Horth, and what exactly this Horth place was.

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« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2004, 01:49:22 PM »

“Well…”
Chronusian felt a bit unsure about telling them why he had so urgently going to Horth. He had been hoping he could slip away from them, but it seemed as if he had become the main attraction.

“I’m not really sure why, I’m going, besides the fact that my father told me to deliver a message.”

He realized that what he just said made no sense to them, and explained what happened when he got home.

“Kinda weird isn’t it? I was trying to rush, but I can’t go alone without caravan because my survival skills stink. I could rent a horse, but I’ve never ridden. My dad once told me that I would be a good rider, but I was always too much into my studies to care.”

He looked around at everyone watching him, listening to his mysterious story.

“Look, I don’t know how important this ordeal really is, but it’s important enough for me”.
Chronus was actually relieved now that he told them. He had secretly hoped that one of them would accompany him, but that was too much too ask. He had just met these people, and didn’t know them very well. He trusted them though. He had no idea why; he just did. Chronus, sipped on his kilaff and shook his head, not knowing what to say or do. The he felt a tap on his shoulder.

“You Daleman?”

This guy was huge. He stood a little taller than Slye, and his limbs were about as thick as a horse’s. He was clothed in all black, and hooded. The only skin you could see on him was around the eyes. Upon his right sleeve was an emblem that looked like a large skull with a key protruding from the mouth. Chronusian couldn’t really tell for all the muscles on this guy. After Chronus didn’t answer, the man spoke again.

“You Kronis Delman? Yes you are, you have staff. Give me blue stone. No magic tricks. I don’t want fight. Boss will be unhappy.”

Chronusian finally realized that this guy was just pronouncing his name wrong. But he asked for a blue stone. The only blue stones Chronus had were a few sapphires in his pouch and the blue stone which tipped his staff. He turned to look at his staff, and the stone wasn’t there, it had a habit of randomly growing invisible. Chronus assumed it was his magic stone he wanted.  Why? He decided to ponder that later, and give the man what he asked for; a blue stone. He reached in his pouch and pulled out the largest sapphire in there. This guy didn’t seem too bright. Maybe he could fool him…

“Boss will be happy you don’t fight. Nice blue stone give Kromlech big treasure. Make boss proud of Kromlech.”

The large man, Kromlech, walked slowly out of the bar. Chronus turned around to the others.

“He was after this” Chronus said, pointing to the stone, that appeared just as Kromlech turned around.

“I don’t know why though. I’m guessing he was the reason my dad wanted me to leave so quickly. I think I’d better go now. This is getting weird”

Chronus stood up and pushed his chair to the table.



Woe, woe, my raptured soul is crying.
While the formal me is living the romantic me is dying.

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« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2004, 05:21:22 PM »

“ Young man, don‘t be so silly to rush away without being prepared. Sit down for another five minutes, this boulder of man will not come back too soon. I don‘t understand in the first place, why you gave him this sapphire  - in a tavern full of people? That will encourage him and his master to get even more impertinent! But well, done is done. Let‘s make the best out if it.“

Hieronimus frowns, why have these young ones to rush along without thought? Hasn‘t  he just told Chronus, that travelling this night will be nearly impossible? Absently turning the foreign fruit he got around in his hands, he looks up at the standing Chronusian, piercing him with his sharp grey eyes.


“ First, hasn‘t your father told you not to go unaccompanied? And he said you have to reach Horth quickly, not to storm out in the night which will drown you!  So what do you try to achieve by leaving Ximax now. Do you want to ask people at the gate to wander with you? I doubt you will find too many leaving now with a stormy night breaking in.

The old man sighs, hoping he is convincing enough.


“ It might be a good idea not to stay in the tavern the next three hours. So go and buy yourself some other clothes so that not everybody will recognise you at once. I will accompany you to Horth if you wish so, I‘m fairly familiar with this road - but not before tomorrow at sunrise. Till then the weather will be fine and I have the opportunity to see this lady - he looks with a grin to Slye
“ ah sorry - this woman!  - drink a Ximaxian Rainbow. And I want to talk with Zdoth - this fruit is not growing in Santharia.
I propose you to come later back and share my room, so you are not registered and we leave in the early morning. What about this?“

H.Kupfdrubus

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