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.
He finishes his food and cider, and hops up from his seat.
"Thanks for the food!"
He walks out and heads down to the river.
She watches the kids, looking for a good spot to interrupt their game.
The kids don't seem to be playing anything terribly organized at the moment, seeming instead to be running around freely, perhaps trying to shove each other under. There's a few of them sitting off to one side, seeming less interested in playing in the water than in trying to construct figures from the mud, with limited success.
She approaches one of the children sitting off to the side, who seems more inclined to observing the world around them.
"Hello," she says, sitting down a small distance away, posture relaxed and friendly. "I'm Xena, a warrior princess from very far away. I'd like to talk a little bit, if you have some free time."
"I'm princess of a land called Amphipolis. And being a warrior princess means I travel a lot, helping people."
"I spent a very long time fighting monsters to defend my land, but then they all became very scared of me and ran away, so now I'm looking for other places with monsters so I can help."
"And I hadn't heard of here, before I came here."
"You must be the bestest warrior princess if all the monsters got so scared of you they ran away! You're here to fight our monsters? There's a monster in the stream, it attacked Haraald this morning but he got out just in time, it was really scary and made of leaves and mud and it grabbed his foot and we all had to work together to pull him away from it!!"
"It sounds like you were all very brave, protecting your friend."
"Thank you. I'll make sure to get rid of that monster, okay?"
And she heads to the other boy.
"I'd heard there was a monster."
"Wow - you must have been quite brave," she says, taking a more thorough glance at the bite and trying to evaluate if it needs medical attention.
"Very impressive. Does the bite still hurt?"
"Do you want help treating it?"