As you move closer, the scared faced man snorts and avoids
looking directly at you.
Scared Faced Man "Step aside neighbour,
you're standing in my way!"
Thuja "Oh, excuse me."
Scared Faced Man He just snorts and
Thuja "We seem to have gotten off on the
wrong foot... Shall we try again? May I ask with whom I am speaking with?"
Scared Faced Man "You may."
Thuja You sigh, realizing that it takes
quite some effort to convince this man to talk to you. "I'm called Thuja,
what is your name?"
Scared Faced Man "People around here just
call me Terlano."
Thuja "Nice to meet you, Terlano! I might
have a few questions I would like to ask... Is that ok?"
Terlano Anshar "Maybe I have answers,
maybe not," comes the terse reply.
Thuja "Do you know of any problems that
need to be taken care of, or adventures in the area?"
Terlano Anshar He just sort of snorts,
"Another would be hero."
Thuja "Well, do you know of an
Terlano Anshar "Do I look like some lord
handing out foolish adventures to people looking for short life spans?"
Thuja "If you don't know of any
adventures here, that's ok. Just asking, I thought you may have heard about
Terlano Anshar "Don't ask me, go ask the
elders for what you are seeking."
Thuja "Could you tell me perhaps a little
about this place in general?"
Terlano Anshar "Do I look like some bard
with hours to spend weaving tales?"
Thuja You grit your teeth, "Look, I don't
want a complete history, just some information about this area."
Terlano Anshar "Then ask specific
questions. Ask about the winter well. Or the falls over there. But don't let me
guess what you want."
Thuja "How about telling me something
about the winter well? Do you know something about it?"
Terlano Anshar He just laughs. "Who told
you that winter well is something of importance, you dumbhead! The winter well
is just the well in the center of the village we use during the winter months.
Nothing magical or sinister about it."
Thuja "Could you tell me the name of those falls
over there," you say pointing.
Terlano Anshar At this point Terlano's face
seems to brighten a bit. "They are called Raven Wing Falls. They bring a
fisherman home safe and as long as they flow, Nepris will exist," he states
really believe that those falls will protect this village?"
Terlano Anshar "Don't you listen? I said
Nepris will exist. My family has been here for ten generations. We protect
ourselves, always have," he states flatly staring at you with a hard face.
Thuja "No disrespect, but aren't you a
fisherman? And though you said that you know how to protect your village? But
what do you know about fighting?"
Terlano Anshar "What, you think fools who
run around wielding swords are the only ones who can fight?" he demands.
Terlano Anshar "I should hope not! We had
a fisherman, by the name of Annils Norgerinth, who led the Neprisi to stand
against an invading force of orcs," he says with pride standing taller.
Thuja "Could you tell me about this
Norgerinth person?" Then you hold up your hand, "...quickly would be
fine," you say with a smile.
Terlano Anshar He eyes you for a second.
"Annils Norgerinth lived many generations ago when there was much unrest in the
lands. He had heard about the hordes of orcs that were sweeping the lands laying
everything in ruins. He decided we needed to learn to fight so our homes would
not be burned to the ground. And we learned to fight so when the orcs came we
fought against them. We stopped these orcs in Crazy Woman Pass and Annils
Norgerinth died there. Because of this hero the orc invasion was broken and
Thuja "Your Norgerinth story sounds
impressive. You mentioned Crazy Woman Pass, can you tell me a bit about it?"
Terlano Anshar He shakes his head a little
impatiently. "It is the only pass through the mighty Mithral Mountains. It
connects us and Chrondra."
Thuja "Is there a special reason why the
Crazy Woman Pass is called this way?"
Terlano Anshar "Because of the Gray Lady,
a spirit that protects the pass. At least some say that."
Thuja "Gray Lady, huh, anything more you
can tell me about her?"
Terlano Anshar "No, seek that answer
Thuja "I still have some questions! I
would like to know about..."
"Enough, unlike some people, I have work to attend to."
Terlano Anshar "Finally, it's almost