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.
"That seems workable, at least while I get accustomed to this world."
He leads onward for the rest of the day, which is uneventful again. The day comes to a close without finding a town, and the night passes uneventfully, but it is barely past noon of the third day when they come upon a small town.
"You wanna ask around about monsters they need killed, or just find an inn, reserve a room, and head out hunting?"
"Let's ask around. It'll be valuable information, if nothing else."
He leads her into a building with a faded sign out front that seems to have once read "Frog Tavern". Inside is a bar, open but mostly empty this time of day. He walks up to the man standing at the bar.
"How much for a cider and a bowl of stew?"
Alistair pulls 7 small coins from his pocket and drops them on the bar, then sits down to wait for his food.
"Had any trouble with monsters around here lately?" he asks as the man works.
"Any damage to anything?"
"How long's it been falling over for?"
"Does anyone ever go down that road at night?"
Sounds like foxes and bored teenagers to her.
"Has anyone ever noticed tracks?"
Alistair begins to eat.
"When did your neighbors chickens start being bothered?"
"Where do the children like to play around here?"
He turns to Xena.
"Want some lunch? I'll pay. We should head towards the river after we finish lunch."
"That works for me."