Bretunian Times Issue 1 Article 5
After a good night’s sleep Tosham awakes the next morning feeling much better. He performs his usual morning rites of prayer and communion like any good makidon, then goes to the room where Riadok is supposedly staying. Not finding the young mage there, Tosham leaves the Lodge to wander in the town.
Tosham walks along the crowded market alleys where peddlers of all types sell practically everything one could want. The heat and crowds become too much and the cutpurses too numerous, so Tosham turns onto the main town road for a while.
Going down a new lane, he noticed an unusual commotion at the other end. Curious, he headed for the small crowd that has gathered at the town clearing ahead to see what was going on.
It seemed Riadok and a young knight was heatedly discussing who had the right of way on the street. Riadok was not about to back down, nor was the knight, so the crowd moved back to give them room for the inevitable fight. The knight struck first, barely missing Riadok as the nimble mage moved back. Riadok then unexpectedly hurled himself at the knight, knocking him to the ground. While the knight regained his feet from the unexpected attack, the mage cast an Image Quad spell, so the knight now faced 3 images of the mage and the mage himself. When the knight hesitated, four rays of white light shot out from the four staffs, knocking the poor knight to the ground again.
Not noticing the knight was reaching for a dagger on his belt, Riadok froze when the dagger flew towards him. The knight had a one in four chance of hitting the real mage and sheer luck allowed him to select the right one. The dagger slightly nicked Riadok before it was knocked down by Tosham’s twin-globed scepter, which boomeranged back to the makidon’s hand.
The knight wasn’t happy with Tosham’s interference, but the makidon pointed out that fighting over who had the right of way on the street was foolish, not to mention throwing a dagger at an opponent was unworthy of a knight. Before the knight could say or do anything, voices from all directions were yelling the Queen’s army had arrived. Run for your lives! The crowd quickly scattered in all directions, leaving the three young men alone.
Since the three wanted nothing to do with the army, Tosham decided it would be best if the three of them were to flee together. Before they could get out of the rather narrow street they were currently in, soldiers of the queen blocked both ends of the street and were heading towards them. Tosham and the knight weren’t sure what to do, but Riadok did. He quickly cast a spell on a section of wall near them. The three entered the space created by the spell and once inside, the mage cast another spell to camouflage their hiding place. They could now see and hear all that went on in the street, but none would see them.
Mustik the guard commander swore he saw a knight and two others when he entered the narrow street and now they were gone. Kristol, a lieutenant of the Yellow Dragonlord had seen them as well, but couldn’t figure out where they might have gone. The commander and lieutenant had their men search the street for evidence to the three’s whereabouts, but found nothing.
Watching from their hiding place, Tosham thought that Kristol looked familiar. Perhaps he had met him years before. After what seemed like forever, the soldiers finally left the lane. The knight, the makidon and the mage emerged from hiding. They could still hear the Queen’s army stripping the town bare, but there was little any of them could do for the moment. Still trying to recover from the recent turn of events, they sat on the ground. The knight introduced himself as Aubriet.
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