Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: The City of Kendal|
There was a large caravan area where we could set up camp. Little One and Charles both disappeared before we were finished. Ellie linked her arm in mine, “Shopping?”
I grinned before reaching into the wagon and setting my rifle down, “put a ward up.”
Kendal was a city of tall spiraling towers and bright colors. I bought several bolts of thick wool. Bright blue, dark and light green, pale yellow and dark blood red. We bought food for dinner and returned to our camp. Ellie frowned when she removed the ward, “Someone tried to enter my wards.”
I looked at her and then looked around. The only ones I saw were the gate guards that sneered as they looked at us. I nodded and we put the bolts of cloth away before starting dinner. Little One and Charles returned looking smug and I grinned, “I think they found trouble and got away with it.”
Ellie laughed and it was just after dinner that trouble came in the form of a city official and a guard captain. We had cleaned up and were sitting together talking about what we were going to need. The two men stopped close to us as if they were trying to intimidate us.
The official cleared his throat, “The city of Kendal requires all merchants and travelers to pay a bond.”
I glanced at Ellie to see her tight lips and stood, “And why would I pay this bond?”
The official sneered and looked at the guard captain who had his hand on his dagger. I smiled, “Let me put it another way. Why should I not kill you both now?”
They froze and looked at each other and the captain started pulling the dagger. I pulled my pistol and pointed it at his head, “You can die here and now if you like.”
He looked from the barrel of the pistol to me and licked his lips, “My guards...”
I shook my head, “Are thieves and back stabbers. They won’t even left a finger.”
I reached out and took his dagger before stepping back, “We could use a couple of slaves Ellie. We can sell them in the next town.”
Their eyes widen and their faces turned white. Ellie walked around them slowly, “They aren’t very fit and we won’t make enough to pay for what they eat.”
I sighed as if in regret, “Then I guess I should just kill them now.”
They dropped to their knees to beg and we waited. I finally shook my head and put my pistol away, “fine your lives are our bond. Leave and don’t come back.”
As soon as they were out of ear shot Ellie turned to me, “This means the thieves guild now runs Kendal.”
I glanced at the captain when he stopped to yell at his guards as the official hurried into the city. I sighed and went to pull out the super long. I slipped the vest on and turned as a large group of guards started walking towards us with drawn swords. I glanced at Ellie and she shook her head, “We need to go see the council.”
I shrugged and lifted the rifle as the men got closer. Six seconds later I walked through the dead bodies on my way towards the gate, “Well, lets go see the council.”
She was grim faced as she walked beside me. The streets emptied quickly as we walked through them. The large square where the city courts were was empty. We walked across and through the large double doors. Two men turned as we entered the hall and Ellie gestured and said something that made them stop moving.
We walked past them and opened the huge double doors. The room was huge with a heavy table at the other end. The official from our camp turned and his face went white. A large fat man stood, “How dare you!”
I smiled as I crossed the room and stopped on the other side of the table, “I will offer you a bargain, your lives.”
He snarled as four large men entered the room, “Kill them.”
I shook my head and shot him twice in the chest before turning to the men. They had stopped walking as they realized I was more dangerous then they thought. I gestured to the floor, “On your knees.”
One pulled a dagger and I shook my head and shot him. The others went to their knees quickly as Ellie murmured a spell that made the room echo. I looked at the men remaining around the table, “You are leaving this city. I will walk you out and if you even breath wrong I will kill you. You will not return because if you do I will be waiting.”
One opened his mouth and I pointed the rifle at his head, “go ahead.”
He looked up from the barrel into my face, “This isn’t over.”
I smiled, “It better be, because if it isn’t a lot of men will die.”
I gestured and Ellie unsealed the room as I started walking them out. People were standing in doorways and looking out windows as we walked the group through the streets and out the gate. I gestured to the road, “Don’t return.”
I watched as they slowly moved away down the road and I looked at Ellie, “What now?”
She grinned, “Now we find someone to take over.”
That wasn’t as hard as we expected. We walked back towards the big city court building. We sat on the steps to wait and talk. It was only an hour before several citizens came into the square hesitantly. I let Ellie talk to them and they were surprised when she said they needed to decide who would take control of the city.
Within another hour the large square was full of people. We managed to slip away to our camp. It was dark out as Ellie set the wards and we lay together. I was thinking the ones that had been in charge might try something. I was up before dawn and made a small fire to heat water for coffee. The attack came from the field side of the caravan area.
There were two dozen men rushing towards me with several shooting arrows. I rolled to the side but the wards stopped the arrows. I pulled my pistol and started shooting. A thick bolt of lightning flashed out to strike several men. I changed magazines and killed the last three men before looking at the archers who had thrown down their bows to run.
Something seemed to snatch them off their feet and slam them to the ground. They screamed as the ground opened and they fell in before it closed. I changed magazines before going to check the other men. It was an hour before several armed people from the city came out the gate. I let Ellie talk to them as I finished making breakfast.
A cart came out for the bodies and the poor looking man was actually grinning when he left bouncing the dead mens purses. Ellie sat with me to eat and smiled, “They are the new city guard.”
I glanced at them as they walked towards the gates, “I hope they know what they are in for.”
Ellie grinned, “They whole city is waking up. If any thieves try anything they are going to be in for a surprise.”
I smiled and started cleaning up, “We need supplies before we leave.”
She nodded, “I gave them a list.”
I looked at her and she smiled, “As thankful as they are, they want us gone too.”
I looked at Little One and Charles play fighting by the wagon, “Tell those two trouble makers to stay close.”
Ellie laughed, “They went out last night and got back before you woke up so they should sleep most of the day.”
I nodded and went to check the horses and the harness. Ellie was relaxing in the wagon singing as she cut and began sewing a new dress. I was mending a torn harness when the cart and several of the new guards came back. I paid them after making them tell me how much it had cost. They actually grinned and left happy as I started putting some of the things away.
Ellie took over and pushed me towards the supplies I had needed to make more bullets. We spent the day together and every once in a while someone would come to the camp. Ellie was the one they talked to and they always left in a better mood. It was after dinner before I was finished and sat down beside her.
She grinned, “We seem more popular now then before. I was even told we would have to be carefully traveling to the west.”
I looked at her as I absently stroked Little One while she purred, “Why?”
Ellie looked up from brushing Charles, “Burrowers.”
I just looked at her and she shook her head, “Sorry. Burrowers are light sensitive leach worms that live underground and come up at night to feed. They can grow to almost nine feet in length and are always found in groups that can number in the thousands. Vibrations on the ground tell them where their prey is.”
I shuddered and looked at her, “How do we know where they are and where a safe place to camp will be?”
She grinned, “Off the ground is safe and you will know when you are in their hunting zones.”
I pet Little One as I thought, “If we keep moving while in their territory can we stay clear of them?”
Ellie nodded, “As long as we don’t have to stop.”
I glanced at a small group of women walking towards us, “you have visitors.”
She grinned, “I asked for some patterns and sewing supplies.”
I smiled and let Little One go as she wiggled off my lap. I cleaned up and put everything away before climbing into the wagon. Ellie slipped in a minute later and put her new sewing supplies away. She laid beside me and caressed my chest, “They told me large groups of Orcs were gathering to the north and west.”
I sighed, “When it rains it pours.”
She laughed and put her head on my shoulder.
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