As the first month of summer comes to a close, Alistair puts all of his belongings into his mage dimension, except a single knife he wears on his belt. He takes the key to his room where he has stayed these last several years down to the buildings owner, and heads out through the city. He leaves the harbor district, and follows the outer ring of the city until he gets to the main road out of the city, and walks until he finds another road out, not wanting to take the obvious path. As he leaves the city, walking past farmhouses and barns instead of through the tight packed streets he had become accustomed to, he slowly relaxes, and begins to look around at his surroundings with interest instead of caution.
"Hm. Do I usually need to be holding it?"
"Yeah, usually. It's possible to learn to do it from a distance but you have to practice. Start by trying to put it away while touching it through something, like by putting it in a bag and touching it through the bag."
She tries putting it in her pocket, and touching it through that."
She's pretty stubborn, fortunately.
"Cool! It seems like you got it! It should get easier the more you do it, but don't bet on being able to manage more distance while you're still working on this stage." Just to show off, he tosses a rock in the air and moves it to his mage dimension mid-air.
"I won't get too far ahead of myself."
"Well, we should probably keep moving. You can practice as we walk. If you don't care about sleeping in a house, I do have camping supplies with me." He hadn't mentioned it before, since he is visibly carrying very little, but since she knows he's a mage, there's no point in trying to arrange to sleep in someone's barn to hide that he brought stuff.
"I don't care, no."
Alistair will keep walking until close to sunset, at which point he will head away from the road and begin pulling out camping supplies and getting set up.
"We're enough in the middle of no where that it's probably not that safe to both sleep at the same time, do you want first watch or should I take it?"
Alistair is so glad that he spent so much time reading fantasy adventure novels before he got dropped on this world. It seemed like a waste of time at the time but now he gets to seem like he has any idea what he's doing.
"I sleep lightly - both of us sleeping at the same time is less dangerous than both of us being exhausted tomorrow, unless this world is plagued by night monsters."
"I guess if you're sure you're a really light sleeper."
She probably knows more than him. And he probably failed at looking like he knew what he was doing at all. Maybe he can set up some kind of magic alarm? If he just....there. If anything crosses that line 20 feet out from the camp, it should alert him, and wake him up if he's asleep. He should have thought of that in the first place
"I set up an alarm, no one can come within 20 feet of the camp without me knowing."
"Useful. Will it let you know quietly?"
"Yeah, it's just in my head, but it'll wake me up if I'm asleep."
"Convenient. How easy is that to learn?"
"You don't so much learn it as make it up! It'll take me longer to do stuff less like stuff I've done before, because I won't be able to tell when it's been done right, but I've done both alarms and stuff involving setting up a perimeter before, so I know what those things feel like. When you do magic the way I do, which is not the way the mages who work for the mage council do it, it's about learning how to shape the magic, not about learning specific spells. I don't know much about the way the mage council does it, but I think it at least sometimes involves spells."
"Learning the feel of things sounds more my style, anyways."
"You should go ahead and try something! Something simple, and small."
Hmmm, what would be useful... Creating hot embers? Finding flint and tinder can sometimes be a pain...
"Huh..." She squints at the frog. Does it seem normal?
"Magic often make animals?"