Kah and Celestra had been walking for a while in silence, following a forest road which would let them loop back around to the area around Q’art Hadash. They didn’t have much idea of where to start their search, so following the road seemed as good a course as any.
Celestra suddenly had the wind knocked out of her when Kah impacted her chest with his granite-like forearm: he had heard something up ahead, beyond a curve in the road. Rubbing her sternum, Celestra listened as well, and quickly fixed on the sound of bickering coming from fifty yards off.
“How could you just leave him?”
“Leave him? He weighs ten thousand pounds! What was I supposed to do, carry him?”
“Splash some water on his face, maybe use some of those smelling salts you always carry around!”
“Those are for romantic encounters only. Only!”
Kah and Celestra exchanged glances: this was an odd group to stumble across.
Still, they didn’t know these people, and the times were such that caution was important. Creeping along the road until they could peer around the bend, Kah and Celestra’s suspicions were quickly confirmed: the strangers were huddled around a wagon which they had clearly stolen, and were going through its contents as they argued. It looked like a human woman, an elf, and a dwarf. A gigantic beaver stood off to one side gnawing on a tree, though whether it was with them or simply wild wasn’t clear.
Gesturing silently, Kah motioned for Celestra to move through the woods and flank them. A few moments later, he did the same. Read More →