- Markshire PCs:
Ainâ€™t nobody gonna believe this, but Iâ€™m writinâ€™ all oâ€™ it down anyway.
The other night, me and Sir Aetion was standinâ€™ by the west gate â€˜o Foothold what leads out to Thrymâ€™s pass and beyond. We was just chewinâ€™ the fat. Sir Aetionâ€™s a good friend oâ€™ mine and heâ€™s the head guard at the gate.
Before heâ€™ll unlock that gate and swing it open you gotta show him a piece oâ€™ parchment with Captain Hillarâ€™s special seal pressed into it in the lower right hand corner. That paper states youâ€™ve enough traininâ€™ to be able ta survive the dangers what lie beyond.
Anyways, me and Sir Aetion worked out a deal oâ€™ sorts. Sometimes folks whatâ€™s new to Foothold is curious â€˜bout what lies on the other side oâ€™ those big sturdy wooden doors what Sir Aetion always keeps locked up tight. Well, fer a handful oâ€™ gold, Iâ€™ll oblige â€˜em by givinâ€™ them a little tour!
Of course I gotta give Sir Aetion a per . . . a . . . percen . . . uh, I gives him a cut soâ€™s heâ€™ll look the other way when I sneaks new folks out the gate. The excursions is always kinda short cause after theyâ€™ve seen a giant and dodged a stone or two, their interest seems to wane and theyâ€™ll stand there tremblinâ€™, as pale as ghosts, carpinâ€™ and complaininâ€™ theyâ€™ve seen enough.
Theyâ€™re wantinâ€™ me to lead â€˜em back to Foothold right quick and off we go! And I got a big smile on me face, listeninâ€™ to their coins jinglinâ€™ and janglinâ€™ tucked safely away deep inside one oâ€™ my pockets!
Anyways, before I leave with a customer, I always check the pass myself, to make sure there ainâ€™t no minions or dragons lurkinâ€™ about. I mean giants is one thing, but it would be bad fer business if word got â€˜round I was runninâ€™ a tour what nobody was ever returninâ€™ from, ya know?
Anyways, that night I had one customer interested in my little venture. A paladin in traininâ€™ whose name was Lawson Goode. He had a starry look in his eyes, and was hopinâ€™ weâ€™d find a dragon in the pass soâ€™s he could slay it! What a fool! A typical man! Theyâ€™s always lookinâ€™ fer conquest and glory, and for what Iâ€™ll never know!
I donâ€™t like paladins too much anyways but business is business so I took his deposit and told him thereâ€™d be no dragons for him to be slayinâ€™ tonight. Tâ€™would be too dangerous, and that was that! I asked him to give me about five minutes to make sure the pass was relatively safe for travel, and to wait by the gate for me.
I flashed my parchment with Hillarâ€™s seal on the bottom, Sir Aetion swung open the gate for me, and off I went. I ainâ€™t traveled into Thrymâ€™s Pass more then a couple oâ€™ paces and a boy, makinâ€™ his way from the east, gives me a wave and a smile and walks right up to me! Around the same time Sun-Ok pops up outta nowhere and joins the both oâ€™ us! Sheâ€™s been doinâ€™ that a lot lately. Poppin up outta nowhere. Iâ€™m thinkinâ€™ itâ€™s a new kind oâ€™ magic trick sheâ€™s learned.
I ainâ€™t sure oâ€™ the boyâ€™s name but he says heâ€™s a town crier on his way from the dwarf city, and heâ€™s bringinâ€™ a message to all those livinâ€™ in Foothold and Yar â€˜bout whatâ€™s been goinâ€™ on in Stonemark!
Itâ€™s a warning to all those whoâ€™ve a mind to be visitinâ€™ that fine city! It seems the maniac lady doinâ€™ all the stranglinâ€™ ainâ€™t been caught yet and itâ€™s become dangerous for folks to be walkinâ€™ the streets! Theyâ€™s even gonna have a curfew in effect after dark!
Oh geez! Well me and Sunny looked at each other, the both oâ€™ us thinkinâ€™ the same thing. Someone was gonna have to catch this mad woman, this Stonemark Strangler, and put a stop to these dreadful crimes she was committing! Even more important, Lord Mark might be offerin’ a hefty reward fer bringin’ her in!
Well, with Sun-Ok beinâ€™ a good tracker, and me trailinâ€™ along behind her, guardinâ€™ her back while sheâ€™s bent over lookinâ€™ fer clues, we figured weâ€™d make a good team and decided to give it a try. We made our way back to Foothold and to the wagon what would take us to Yar, and then on to Stonemark.
I gave the paladin back his deposit and told him the tour was canceled for the night. I also told him if it was dragons he was lookinâ€™ for, to buy a nice warm cloak then start walkinâ€™ north. Eventually, heâ€™d meet up with a dragon or two that he could have a go at.
I ainâ€™t seen him since. Iâ€™m wonderinâ€™ how he made out.