I had been practicing all morning and had just paused for lunch. Shortly after I had sat down, I noticed a rather short male of a race that I have not seen. I raised a brow as this male came towards me. He introduced himself as Dunmas. I informed him that I am called Maeldes. He had told me that he had been watching me for some time and that he needed a champion from each race to undertake a journey of numerous tasks and that this journey would last for an undetermined amount of time, but it would be long in duration. I was intrigued by this offer, but I had to bring this matter to the Guild Master before I would be allowed to leave. The Guild Master had consulted the Elders, and I was given permission to undertake this journey. If nothing else, this journey would allow me, as a Bladesinger, to eliminate Elven foes – as is my duty.
I spent part of the night preparing for my initial journey to a safe meeting place. Dunmas had given me a map and made an indicator appear as to the location of this area. This journey would take close to half a day to get there, and thus I had rested after making preparations for my journey ahead. Awaking as the sun came up, I gathered my trusted sword and my backpack, informed the Guild Master that I was now leaving Home for my journey, and then set out to this safe area.
Upon arriving, I noticed a Human and a Dwarf. There was a pause in my step seeing them, but I knew (as Dunmas had told me) that I would be working with them. The other two races that Dunmas had indicated, the Hafling and the Drakken, were not yet seen. The Human had said that there was a tent for each race. Looking around, I had seen five smaller tents and a large tent. The Human had told me which smaller tent appeared to be designed for an Elf, and thus I proceeded to that tent and looked inside. If did appear to have an Elf in mind with the way it was designed inside. I placed my backpack near the bed and left the tent. I walked over to the large tent and went inside.
It was surprising to see such a large variety of food. Apparently, it seemed as though there was foods with each race in mind. I found some berries and took a normal portion and a goblet of Elven Wine. The Human said his name is Nakor and also said his friend’s name is Azaghal. Azaghal sort of just grunted and was sniffing the different foods. The Human and I began talking to each other. He was actually quite pleasant, for a Human, but he did seem to have more than a just a professional interest in me. He was curious about my armor and had asked to touch it. Unsure of the Human’s intent, I had extended my arm towards him for him to touch the armor, rather than allow him to get closer to my being. He seemed genuinely fascinated with the light weight of my armor and was curious as to whether or not Elves made such armor for mages specifically. I informed him that we do not.
Dunmas had appeared and seemed quite content on answering the numerous questions the three of us had for him … although Dunmas was quite vague with many of his answers, stating (many times) that by giving us more detailed answers, it would taint our grand reward when all of these tasks were completed. Dunmas did tell us that the clearing we were in was completely protected, and that we could not become harmed while in its area. He did warn us that investigating outside of the clearing would not offer us this protection, as the protection was strictly confined to the clearing. He had also informed us that, once the other two arrive, and we had received our first task, that this protected clearing would disappear once all five of us left its confines. In my mind, we will, therefore, need to carefully plan our departure and make sure we are well rested and fed before leaving this sanctuary. For once we leave, we will no longer have this protection and we will need to carefully plan our temporary camping sites when we begin our journey. While Dunmas has said that we do not need to keep a guard while we sleep in our sanctuary, I know this will change upon our departure.
Dunmas has left, and the Human had stated that he and the Dwarf were going to investigate the surrounding area of our sanctuary and had said that I was welcomed to join them if I wished. He then left to go get some rest, at which time the Dwarf had moved closer to me. This Dwarf seems friendly enough, but also seems to be quite grumpy. Of course, this could simply be normal Dwarf behavior, as I have not met any of the other races before today. This does not make me completely ignorant of the other races, however, as children are taught about them (to the Elven knowledge of them) and what to look for to recognize them. We are not taught, however, about the other nuances of the races, so I expect that many of their customs and behaviors will no doubt be surprising to me. If nothing else, being exposed to these other races will no doubt add to my knowledge of them. The Dwarf did not have much to say, as he seemed more interested in eating as much as he possibly could. How a race can eat that much is beyond me. Perhaps this is another of those nuances about Dwarves that we Elves are not taught. I did find it rather disgusting that this Dwarf attempted to talk after just filling his mouth with food. He had offered me some berries, but I had already had my share, and thus politely refused the offer. He had also said that he and the Human were going to investigate the surrounding area and again I was welcomed to join them if I wished.
After a rested night, I woke up as the sun came up and went to the food tent. I had my share of berries and only half a goblet of Elven Wine, as I wanted to get some practice in before we left to investigate the surrounding area. At one point during my practice, I heard both the Human and the Dwarf make comments about two aspects of my body. This leads me to believe that these two are having lust thoughts about me. From what I know of their races, it seems that both Humans and Dwarves enjoy having the pleasures of a female with them. Unfortunately for me, I am thus far the only female here. I must remember to seal up my tent at night. I can only hope that the Hafling or the Drakken is a female. I am not sure how I could endure four males trying to impose their desire for pleasure. The thought is unsettling, so I must remain wary. Perhaps, once our journey begins, they will concentrate more on our task instead of having thoughts of what they would like to do to my body to satisfy their lust needs.
We then left our sanctuary and kobold tracks were seen. They appeared, at this point, to be going around our perimeter, as if trying to find a way into our sanctuary. At least Dunmas was accurate when he said we would be safe in the clearing, as it does not appear that they were successful in finding a way in. We followed the tracks around until we found where they left and went away from our sanctuary. It appeared that there were tracks leading to and away from our clearing, so they had used the same path to approach and depart. We followed this path until I had noticed that the usual forest sounds were no longer present. We carefully continued on the path until we came upon a kobold camping site. Using cover to conceal our approach, we were able to get close enough to here a few of them discussing whether or not they were going to attempt to breach our sanctuary again. Given that there was disagreement among them, I suspected that there was no chieftain, and thus this was most likely just a raiding party. We eliminated all but one in order to interrogate it. The Dwarf held him so he could not escape nor attack us. As it turns out, it was just a raiding party ordered to get supplies. They saw our tents and believed that there were supplies in them for them to take. It also seems that their home is two days travel to the west of where we were. After the interrogation, the Dwarf eliminated it, and then the Human went around mangling the bodies. He said it was to let any others that might come upon this place to know that there are dangers (us) that are not to be meddled with. We then returned to our sanctuary for lunch, hoping to see the other two who have yet to arrive. They have not yet arrived, but there was fresh food for lunch.