Ambila looked at his reflexion in the clear and still water of the lake.
He saw a tall, thin and proud no-doubt Leafborn with tribal tatoos looking down at him. His long and plaited auburn hair fall behind his back to maintain a good sight were slowly ondulating on the effect of the summer warm wind from the eastern desert.
The woodsman looked at his monster-blood covered hands, lost in his thoughts... wandering in his mind picturing the humanoid corpses of the last few days as there were many raids.
A whislte from the sky got him out of his thoughts as the messenger bird got him another response from the Free Folks. Reading the rolled paper, he smiled as warmly as the wind.
"Here is the begining of a new adventure."
Pocketing the paper, he crouched to cleanse his hands, focusing on his taken decision several days ago as the ongoing conflit causes apeared so outdated to him.
"Long and difficult will be this path but it's worth the search for meaning."
With his hand cleaned and now not mistakable, he took a bit of meat from his belt pouch and gave it to the bird craving for a well deserved reward. He then looked East in the direction of the Pass Inn, begining to plan his road both spacially and diplomatic.
The Inn was quiet, this time of year the locals were seeing to their fields during the day, either pest control on crops or bringing in fodder for winter, and others hunters, miners and the like would all be busy in daylight and wouldn't be inclined to visit the Inn till evening, so Kyri found herself, sitting on stool cross legged alone in the Inn, except for the Barkeep, with a cold ale on a hot afternoon.
The door opened, surprised Kyri turned to see who had wandered in, a tall Leafborn was carefully latching the door not unlike Stratosphere in appearance, though thinner, she turned back to her drink and watched the barkeep reach for a handled glass and start polishing it as the young lad walked to the bar, the barkeep greeted him, "Welcome Sor, Can I get your good self anything? I'd recommend the Pass ipa, refreshing this weather"
The stranger nodded his acceptance and the barkeep filled the glass from one of the kegs set in the holes in stone wall and set it on the bar, "My Thanks, I am looking for Kyri, I was told this was the place to come", the barkeep couldn't help but glance over at her.
"I am Kyri, I'll assume you are Ambila", she unfolded a leg, he had sent a bat inquiring about the area around the Inn and the prospects of leaving the order and had asked for advice from her.
( Ambila) Hello Kyri, finaly we meet
( Kyri) "How are you liking the area?".
( Ambila) Pretty much actualy. It's chalenging. Still a lot of things to discover though
( Kyri) "There are big beasts on the higher mountains, bigger than those found here so watch for those".
( Ambila) Ok, i am just a match for whats here for now So i won't go higher. I am sorry, I left some stuff around
( Kyri) "I tend to pick up herbs I find, they always come in useful, it can feel a bit exposed up here but the view is great, the forest to the southwest with the lakes in the middle is good training but watch out there are some nasty beasts there too".
( Ambila) Yeah i've met one and had to flee
( Kyri) "Do you need healing? its easy to run out of potions out here".
( Ambila) Well i do need some yes I ran out yesterday night while fighting
"Wait here", Kyri got up and walked out through the side door, going quickly to her quarters puts together vial and ointments into a hide bag, after adding a couple of suture rolls, returns to the bar, handing the bag to Ambila, "That should keep you going".
( Ambila) Thanks a lot, Wow, that's a lot of healing, That's great", he carefully put the hide bag in his pack,
( Kyri) "You are more than welcome".
( Ambila) "Is the area dangerous from the war ?".
( Kyri) "We have groups of people from either side pass by on their way to continue their war, I just smile and wave them on their way, sometimes they stop at the Inn, if you decide to move down here, to be safe dont camp with them, if two groups come together you'll get caught in the middle and never say where anyone is , if they want to know who is around they can use legs and eyes!, its their war not ours, its a good life when you get known you can travel pretty much where you like! and meet all sorts of good people, there is plenty of space in the Inn, apart from all the terrain types to explore, I work gemstones when I can get them and can make rings and talismens of all kinds".
( Ambila) So in what way could I or others be usefull here ?
( Kyri) "Any kind of mining is great and materials are always useful, getting some materials is hard or time consuming so any help will be appreciated!, we're pretty relaxed if you need something just ask, living down here being part of the Inn we are a crafting group exploring our skills and trading a little to get things we want, we can usualy get what we need".
( Ambila) Do you have a map of the mines around here by any chance ?
( Kyri) "I have been working on a local map but before I show you, there are a few tennets we have in our group, rules if you will, we here at the Inn consider ourselves neutral in the war and want no part of it, never pass information on anyones whereabouts or pass info such as mine locations, from either faction to the other, basicly so we can't be accused of spying", Kyri paused and finished her ale, "also the locations of monsters on one side of the island should never be revealed to the other with so many raids back and forth its probably well known but they shouldn't find out from us".
( Ambila) Yeah for the no spying rule, it is obvious for me, At least not for the benefit of the factions at war, info in itself is still good to have if it doesn't involve loosing neutrality
( Kyri) "Well it seems a bit rotten to spoil their fun!, scouting is fine, so if in your travels you find say a new mine we will record it, in fact it would be great to find some down here in the south".
( Ambila) Yeah, as long as they don't spoil our fun, that's fair, My fun is to live peacefully. So many challenges here not to jump at each other's neck
( Kyri) "So do you think you would like to join us?".
( Ambila) Definetly. I only need a wheelcart to collect my stuff back there and we'll be good to go.