Oct 01, 2020 2:57 PM
Xena lands on shaper alistair
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"That seems workable, at least while I get accustomed to this world."

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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.

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"Looks promising."

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"You wanna ask around about monsters they need killed, or just find an inn, reserve a room, and head out hunting?"

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"Let's ask around. It'll be valuable information, if nothing else."

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"Alright!"

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?"

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"Five pence" the man grunts.

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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.

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"Hm.  Been somethin' nosin' around an' makin' a racket in my neighbors chickens these past few nights, I s'pose.  Old Man Jones, down by the river, says somethin's been in his garden, but he's hardly ever in there himself so I hardly see how he'd know" the man replies as he works

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"Any damage to anything?"

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"Dunno 'bout Old Man Jones, but my neighbor hasn't lost anythin' but chickens.  Though, come to think of it, there is that one sign down on the Old Road, the one goin' east, falls over again just about every night."

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"How long's it been falling over for?"

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"Just about a month now."

 

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"Does anyone ever go down that road at night?"

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"No reason to, really, there's nothin' that way til you get to Cayron City, and that's three days out by horse."

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Sounds like foxes and bored teenagers to her.

"Has anyone ever noticed tracks?"

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"Not that I've heard of.  Probably you should ask some of the hunters around here, there's a market tomorrow, and plenty of people come in here in the evenings."

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"Alright. Thanks."

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"You're welcome."

He sets the food and cider on the table in front of Alistair.

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Alistair begins to eat.

"When did your neighbors chickens start being bothered?"

 

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"A week ago, just about."

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"Where do the children like to play around here?"

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"Oh, down by the river, mostly"

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He turns to Xena.

"Want some lunch? I'll pay.  We should head towards the river after we finish lunch."

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"That works for me."

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