Monday, 4 August 2014

7 Thaumont 1000AC - An Important Meeting

Broneslav Torenescu
When Broneslav awoke, he knew immediately that the Ale Troll had been. He could feel the lightness of his purse where it had taken all his money, and his guts churned where it had punched him in the belly. His head ached where it had repeatedly shaken his brains too. He groaned. He had no money for breakfast, but that did not matter. He doubted that briefly renting some food would be good value for money. The previous night had been a good one with music, song and dancing. It turned out that he had many friends in this town. They shared the beer he bought and danced with him through the night. Good times.

He splashed cold water over his face and spruced himself up as much as he could. He needed to find the factor, deliver the message and then find some money. Then he needed to make a start on succeeding in life so that the Old Man would accept him back into the clan. It took him most of the morning to finally get control over his body. Then he stepped out of his room and headed downstairs. He asked the bartender for directions to the factor's office. The bartender did not know, but did direct him to the right quarter, where Broneslav was able to get further directions.

The offices of Sindar a'Chossum were typical of the area. They occupied the front of a warehouse and comprised painted wood. Sindar probably had a bedroom in the back, like most factors for merchant houses. When Broneslav stated his errand, he was quickly ushered into the office itself and faced a plain desk covered in paperwork, behind which sat a silver-haired elf. Sindar was old even by Elven standards and his clothes were of a fashion that was out of date even before Broneslav's great-grandfather had been born. Still, Sindar was comfortable in them and clearly did not care so much about the latest fashions.

Sindar read the letter and tucked it away in the drawer in his desk. Broneslav waited patiently, his head still buzzing. Sindar looked up.
"All seems in order. You have done well to bring this letter to me. It will benefit Clan Torenescu in the long run, I think. Now, what are your plans? I see that you have been sheared and must make your own way. How do you propose to do this?"

Broneslav replied croakily through his dry throat, "I'm not sure, sir. I had thought I might join an adventuring company from the Guild of White Shields and see where that lead."

"Tsk, that sounds a little dangerous. Perhaps I can help you get started. I have a package that I need delivering to my cousin Merisa in Gray Mountain Village to the south of Selenica. If you do this for me, I shall pay you 10 Royals now and give you a letter of introduction to my trading partner Arnulf in Selenica. He will be instructed to pay you a further 10 Royals upon proof of delivery of the package. Arnulf may be able to point you in the direction of further work, or you may be able to buy a share in a caravan from there. Arnulf can help you with that too. How does that sound?"

Broneslav winced at the thought of more travel, but he had drunk almost his entire purse last night. He had little reason to look this gift horse in the mouth, so he accepted and listened carefully to the directions that Sindar gave him. It would take nearly three weeks to reach Selenica and the roads between Threshold and the Duke's Road to the east were not good. Things would get better once he was on the Duke's Road, so that was a small mercy.

Broneslav left Sindar's office and headed for the market. He needed food for the journey. That ate up half of the advance. He decided to husband the rest and headed to bed early that night, despite the obvious desire of many of the inn's denizens to party with him once more. In the morning he would be on the road again.

Notes: There were no random encounters this time around and I wanted Broneslav to follow a particular adventure path, so there was nothing to roll here. He gained 10XPs for delivering the letter.

Broneslav Torenescu (S16, D14, C15, I12, W10, Ch14, F1, hp9, AC4, Sword 1d8+3, Bow 1d8)
Human (Traladaran)XPs: 60Traits: Torenescu Family Member 1, Hunter 1, Keen Vision 1, Good Education 1, Empathy with Animals 1Goal: Prove that he is an adult following the Shearing CeremonyQuest: Deliver a parcel to Merisa in Gray Mountain Village

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