Jun 28, 2022 5:57 PM
ellie sedai meets the dragon and friends
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The Two Rivers is the most remote province of Andor, tucked away in the far west next to the Mountains of Mist. Though to be honest, calling it a province is giving it too much credit. Most Two Rivers folk don't care much for the world beyond the river banks. It doesn't bother them, and they don't bother it. Tam al'Thor leaving to seek his fortune and coming back with a new wife and a baby was the talk of the town, at least until- well. Some things still aren't spoken of out in the open, or in front of the children. But the blacksmith's apprentice is a fine girl and seems to be growing up free of... unsavory influence.

It's been a long, hard winter for Emond's Field. The approach of spring is greeted with relief, even as frost lingers, and preparations begin for Bel Tine. The village council has ordered fireworks from the peddler, and sent for a gleeman. The weather slowed them but they arrived just in time- And they're not the only visitors. A noble lady and her bodyguard were also rumored to have arrived late last night, rousting the innkeeper (and mayor) out of his bed in order to secure lodgings. The lady said she was some kind of historian, according to the gossip that morning. No one has any idea what sort of history she could possibly be looking for here, of all places.

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The fun kind, possibly - the kind Katwyn hasn't heard yet certainly - Katwyn has read every book she can get her hands on, and pestered the peddler to bring more besides, and drawn out every secret the land will give her, and scribbled out every story she could wring from the older folk, and written more than a few of her own - with charcoal on wood when she has to - 

Clearly, if the lady wants history, Katwyn's the best to talk to. (And she gets told as such.) Katwyn, though, has tasks to run still for the blacksmith and can't take off just because something interesting is happening. 

She wants to, though, and so she works hard and efficiently at that day's task, mentally cataloging her savings - she'll need some coins for the peddler, some to lure every last tale out of the gleeman, and now some to buy a noble lady a few drinks...

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"Pst! Kat!" A voice whisper-calls to her from around the wall of the forge.

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...Mrph, she was focusing on some wire - 

"What?" she whispers back. 

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Mat pokes his head around. "Is Luhhan seriously making you work Winternight? You know there's a gleeman, right?"

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"It's not Winternight yet, and I'll be done soon," she says, tidying up a bit. "But yeah, I'll have off."

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"Oh good. Can I interest you in setting up some rival entertainment that may or may not involve a badger?"

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"I was planning to go woo a certain visiting lady..."

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"Think of it as another classic Emond's Field story to grab her interest."

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"But what if it makes me look uncool?"

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"Then her opinion of you can only go up from there."

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"I somehow doubt that's how flirting works, Mat."

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"No, no, it is. You know I've flirted loads, you can trust me."

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"And you've succeeded... How often?"

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"That's besides the point."

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"Not for my purposes!"

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"Well, a gentleman doesn't kiss and tell, in any case."

Yeah that's a much better line, he should lead with that next time.

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Hum. 

"Tragically... I think I'm going to have to avoid any public association with your shenanigans. Just as long as we have guests, you know."

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"What about private associations?"

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"Depends on if you get caught."

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"Come on, I haven't gotten caught in years."

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"Fair." Grin. "Private help it is."

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"I'll be around back of the stable."

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"See you there."

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Mat grins and ducks out of sight again.

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Three cats (at least, three visible cats) are waiting for him behind the stable, glaring and tails flicking back and forth. 

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