Mordecai woke up from his nap to discover everyone was gone. He raised and arm and hit something on his chest. “A note?” he thought wonderingly.
MEET US AT TOWN WITH WEIGRAF! -Tyrion
Mordecai sighed and looked up at a pew where Weigraf was, passed out still. Mordecai picked up Weigraf, slung him over his shoulders and made for the city.
Lady bounces on Tyrion’s shoulders happily “Look Horseman the city!” she cried to the air on the right where a cross bow floated.
“Oy! Try not to move so much.” Tyrion told Lady.
The city was bustling with people going from door to door. Lot of people in rags, some looked injured.
“Refugees?” Thought Tyrion.
Lady suddenly pointed at a man in an alley way " Yay! Look,that one is bleeding!" she laughed.
Tyrion looked and angrily said “It’s not polite to point and laugh. All the refugees are facing famine up north. They are here to find rest and food”
Urison, not paying attention says “Ew, is it contagious?”
Tyrion rolled his eye but then the upside down face of lady came into view “Famine?” she asked quizically.
“There’s no food.” Tyrion said.
Lady looked at the people. “Do we do something to help them?”
Ursion looked. “We don’t have enough” shifting Kyomis weight on his shoulder.“We still need to look for room ourselves. We can look at dealing with the people later.”
She crossed her arms and rested on Tyrions head " I’m tired! I want my hat!" she announced.
“Yea, we are all tired, lets take care of that.” Tyrion nodded and began to look for an inn.
“Horseman says there is a pretty purple building on the other side of the river.” said Lady. “So we will go there! Because it’s purple!”
Tyrion rolled his eyes “It might be a slaughter house”
“Or a hat shop” piped Ursion.
A gust of wind flies past them and comes back. “The red building there is a pub says Horseman.” Lady announced.
“Well, lets go and ask for directions.” suggested Tyrion. “Wine, women and song! Finally”
Lady puffed up, “I’m a woman”
“Not the type of riding I had in mind though.” he smiled devilishly and went to the pub.
Ursion laughed as another gust of wind came by. Lady looked up, " The buildings with purple on thier roofs are inns. The closest one is packed."
Tyrion looked at a wrench waiting on some people. “I’m looking for a woman to keep me warm for the night.. in my bed.. naked..”
Lady looked down at her body and just glowered angrily and gave a swift hit to Tyrions head, Ursion just laughed “Saw that coming.”
Urison looked at Kyomi, “I’ll look at that inn. Wanna come with Lady?”
Lady readily hopped off Tyrion. “Yes, rather the jerk versus a pervert!”
Tyrion just smiled.
“Might find that hat for you too.” Urison said
“Oooo, I pray for you my friend.” scoffed Tyrion.
She bounced up and down. " It must be perfect! with a gem and made of pretty fabric"
“Tell me if there are any rooms.” Tyrion said as Lady guided Ursion to the inn horseman found.
The Roxy Inn
Lady waled into the pub and looked at the lady behind the counter. “Are there any rooms?”
The innkeeper peers over the counter sizing the girl up, “I might have one, if the price is right. You know it’s very busy lately so I’m afraid I can’t let it go for less than 200 gold pieces.”
Lady looked innocently at the innkeeper. “I have heard. I am traveling with my companions and need one room for me and the girl a sleep over there. Can you give us one for 175 maybe? I will happily do something in return for the reduced price”
The innkeeper crosses his arms, “I’m sorry the price is fixed.”
Looking at Kyomi and Urison, the Lady asks the innkeeper, “Only one room?”
The innkeeper nods stoically. “I’m afraid that’s all I got.”
“Listen good sir of this mighty inn.,” said Ursion “we have come far and wide in the honor of the great king. surely you wouldn’t want to hear word spread out that you have denied members of his court into this establishment.”
The innkeeper scratched his head, “Which king would that be?”
Lady giggled and held out 200 gold pieces. “My key please.” the innkeeper nodded and replaced the gold with a key. She happily walked away from Urison, with Kyomi in tow to thier room hollering, “Perverts not allowed in a girls room”
The room was a little more than the closet with a bed. The innkeeper looked at the girl modestly, “Here you go. Tell me if you need anything”
She surveyed the bed and suddenly it was bigger with comfy pillows. She laid Kyomi down on the bed and covered her up with a purple blanket.
Urison, annoyed waited for the innkeeper to return. “Listen buddy,”he said threateningly, “if you don’t find us an extra room for me and the king’s guard, who fought countless battles, i might add, you will find yourself in deep trouble.”
“Again which king do you mean?” replied the innkeeper smugly “Because the only king around these parts died years ago.”
“Does it really matter what king i speak of? People are dying up to the north, he is very unstable. All i have to do is send note to him and he can wipe out this entire town.” he glowered.
The innkeeper crossed his arms angrily. " I think its time for you to leave."
Urison took a deep breath, held his head up high “Alright, hope the blood of this entire village can help you sleep better at night.”
Lady came back out of her transformed room to Ursion. “We need to get Kyomi some water and food.” Urison walked past her and slammed the door behind him. Lady’s face changed to hurt and confusion, “He walked past me.”
Slicky Dicks Pub
Tyrion sat at the bar. “Barkeep, a mug of your strongest ale!” as Ursion slumped in next to him.
“Make that two!”
The barkeeper brought out 2 mugs of ale and held out his hand. “2 gold pieces?” Ursion pulled out his pouch and gave payment.
“So.. got some bad news. didn’t find us a room.” Said Ursion
“That’s unfortunate, where are the other two?” asked Tyrion
“They got one. Lady and Foxy are there as we speak.”
“So, we can’t stay with them?”
Ursion scratched his head sheepishly, “No, sorta caused a scene there,” awkward laugh, " but who need that inn."
Tyrion stared hard at his mug then looked at the bar keeper. " Are there anymore inns in the town?"
Ursion looked up, “Maybe one that no one heard of?”
The barkeep scratched his beard thinking. “There is, it’s on the other side of the river, but I’m not sure you’ll have any luck there. From what I hear the other side of the river is even worse.”
Tyrion and Ursion looked at eachother, “How much you got?” Tyrion asked “I only have 16 gold.”
Ursion looked, “Enough to get by.”
“Want to try the other inn?”
Ursion shrugged, “Sure.”
“Alright, we’ll go after these drinks! Cheers!” as he raised his mugg.
Mug raised Ursion replied “Cheers!”
On the Town streets
Lady, still confused and a bit hurt by Ursion ignoring her presence completely has caught up to horseman in search of food and water for Kyomi. They walk for awhile, past a church and a blacksmith and the town hall. She and Horseman make it to the pier and and see vendors. Excitedly she runs up the one with food, then glances at the vendor. “What do you have on special today if I may ask?”
The shopkeeper responds, “We’ve got a good haul of sardines today, just 5 silver pieces each.”
Lady looks at them, “Yes, healthy looking. Anything else? Rainbow cookies perchance?”
The shopkeeper shakes her head, "Sorry no cookies
Rummaging through her bag, Lady pulls out 10 gold pieces, " What else you got besides sardines?"
“We also got a nice tuna if you like. It can be yours for just 6 gold pieces.” the shopkeep smiles.
Counting on her fingers, Lady does the math real quick. “Ok, I will take a tuna and 8 sardines!”
The shopkeeper smiles and gets a box for you to carry them in and fills it with ice. “Thank you very much!” Lady smiles happily and waddles off with her prize.
Break Me Fast Inn
A crowd huddles about the inn accross the street. Ursion and Tyrion start moving towards the door.
“Let me make our way through the crowd,” said Tyrion using his shield to plow through semi-gently. He makes it to the front. “Innkeeper, we need a room!”
A plump man replies in an unenthusiastic way that makes it seem he’s been saying the same thing for hours. “Welcome to the Break Me Fast Inn. Unfortunately we have no vacancies today. We recommend camping out with the rest of the refugees.”
Tyrion sighed and looked and Ursion. Ursion shrugged and says "Well, we are both able bodies men. Is there a chance that you might, you know have a “problem” that need to be resolved?" Tyrion Taps shield and sword. “and all we ask is a place to sleep. no money or food.”
The innkeeper sighs and replies “The only problem I have right now is people not understanding the term ‘No Vacancies’.”
Ursion not discouraged tried again, "So… what you are saying, is that if there just so happens to be a “vacant” spot, we can have it?"
“There is not though, have a nice day” sighed the innkeeper.
“Are there any nobles in town?” asked Tyrion
He shruggs, “More than likely.”
Lady comes waddling up with a box in hand and waves at Ursion and Tyrion. “HEY! There!”
Tyrion quirks eyebrow, “Yes? shouldn’t you be taking care of Kyomi?”
Holds up box to Tyrions face, “I am trying to! I figured we could have food together and so bought fresh!”
Tyrion thanked Lady and Ursion patted her on her head.
Mordicai finally reaches town with Weigraf on his back. He feels a gush of air and feels a pull on his armour. Confused, Mordecai pulls away looking around but then he feels a shove at his back. He gets annoyed and cries “What is pushing me?!”
Mordicai tries to slap Weigraf awake. The force picks up Weigrafs hand and slaps him with it. then continues to push Mordecai. Mordecai gives up and allows himself to get pushed towards he destination.
The Break Me Fast Inn
Mordecai walks into the inn and sees Tyrion and two others he has never seen before. “Hey! Why you leave me?” he grumbled.
Tyrion looks over “You were asleep, and someone needed to stay with Weigraf.” Lady looked around Mordecai and said “Good job!” To the air behind him.
Mordecai looks at Tyrion, “What are you guys dooing here? and why are there no drinks?!”
Ursion piped up “Looking for a room!”
Mordecai looked at around, “How much for one?”
Tyron tosses Mordecai a casque of gin, “Here, have a drink and listen.”
They explain the situation with the rooms to him and why its very crowded and how Lady took the last room for the females of the group.
The innkeeper walks by and looks at the newcomer. “Welcome to the Break Me Fast Inn. Unfortunately we have no vacancies today. We recommend camping out with the rest of the refugees.”
Mordecai looks at the innkeeper, “Would 500 gold change your mind?”
The innkeeper sighs “Tempting, but I’ll not have it said that I threw someone out after they paid me. There are No Vacancies.”
Lady looked up. “Is that why you stompped out earlier Urison? Were you upset that I took the only room for me and Kyomi?”
Urison looked down and patted her on her head, " Sorry, I didnt see you."
Tyrion sighed and said “We could have slept on the floor and covered our eyes. We don’t have the luxury of modesty around here”
“Lies! You said you wanted to have naked women with you! So I kept sleeping Kyomi away!” cried Lady.
“I protected her more than you!”
“No! She is in my room sleeping because you didn’t save her!” and threw the box of fish at him and ran away crying.
“Way to go” whispered Ursion.
“I’ve been tryign to keep people alive. All I asked for was a drink, a warm bed, some company and a good ngiht’s rest. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. So I’ll take my fish hand go out of town to cook it, whoever wants to follow is welcome” stated Tyrion
“I’ll come but I’m gonna check on the ladies first.” said Ursion looking out the door where Lady ran.
“Fine!” Cried Tyrion.
Mercy Me Temple
Tyrion and Mordecai walk into a church hoping to find sanctuary for the night. The find it crowded with several beds and patients. Several priest are running back a forth attempting to care for them all. Mordecai stops one and asks for help for Weigraf.
“He can take a bed, or if you have the gold, we can supply a cure spell.” replied the Priestess.
Tyrion ask “How much?”
The Priestess looks at Weigraf and his injuries. “Eighty gold pieces. I’m afraid, our magic is limited so we need to be careful with it.”
The two warriors look at eachother. “I have it, but I demnd that you do something for me in return.”
Tyrion looks wearily, “What?”
Weigraf is laid down for a moment on a bed and Mordecai looks at Tyrion with a smile and says “I will pay the woman.”
The priestess takes the money and calls over one of the healers. They perform the spell and color returns to Weigraf’s face and he awakes but is very weak.
Weigraf looks around and says “What are we doing and why am I in this den of curses and disease!?” sluggishly.
Tyrion laughs, “We made it to the next town and none of us could heal you.”
“What happened while I was out?”
" What do you mean? With the bats? They’re dead, we ran into some bandits, killed them, gained a couple of party members" replied Tyrone “and yeah, Mordecai stayed behind to help you to this town”
Forcing himself up, Weigraf stands up. “I’m getting out of here, now.”
Mordecai and Tyrion thank the healers and leave.
Tyrion turns to Mordecai and ask " What do I have to do?"
“Go to the tavern and buy mead for the man. Then we shall go north and see what is causing this famine. No one tells us shit.” Says Mordecai.
Mordecai and Tyrion leave to get beer and Weigraf leave to the northern exit to set up camp.
The Roxy Inn
Lady looks at Horsemen. “Go keep them awake all night. They can’t see you so make sure to drop rainbows in their faces and snoseberries up thier noses. Those mean people just dont care about my feelings” Horseman leaves to do her bidding. She then goes to sleep crying and cuddling with the purple furred Kitsune in their now beautiful and comfortable bed with comfortable pillows.
THE NEXT DAY
The men found themselves exhausted. They were bothered by something all night. Tyrion figured it might have been Lady but had nothing to go off of to prove it.
“God, I feel like someone Tried to rape me last night!” cried Mordecai feeling his muscels ache.
Tyrion sat up, “Wasn’t me. I wasn’t drunk enough to make you pretty.”
Down the road, Lady walked towards them positively refreshed carrying the sleeping Kyomi on her back and a floating cross bow above her. “Sleep well?” She asked excitedly?
“Absolutly not” said Tyrion.
“Good” she giggled and the cross bow hung still. “Off we go then? Should I carry Kyomi or would someone else care to assist? A Ride on the light mobile is it for the helper!”
Tyrion growled " I don’t see how us not sleeping is good you little brat."
Disappointment crossed her face for a moment but she then went back to cheerful. “I can’t wait to be done here. Then I can go back home.” she said slower pace than normal.
Weigraf looked hard at Ursion and Lady. “Who are these guys?”
“The floating nuisance is Lady. The less you ask, the better. The skinny man is Ursion. He tagged along after a bandit party tries to rob him.” replied Tyrion.
The cross bow let off a bolt in a tree. “Oops sorry” She giggled and readjusted Kyomi on her back.
Tyrion doesn’t flinch. " A lot’s changed since you were knocked out Weigarf."
Lady Hopped on Weigrafs shoulders with Kyomi on her back and the cross bow floated moved the right. “Can we go yet?”
Weigraf looks up at her. “Off woman, I am injured, can’t you see?!”
She hopped off and landed with Kyomi still on her back.
Tyrion looked at at Weigraf, “should have kicked her in the head.” he said.
“I was sent here. You don’t want my help just tell me and I’ll go off on my own.” she shouted.
Weigraf rolled his eyes and looked around. He spotted a group of people looking dismayed by a fire. “You two have your lovers quarrel, I’m gonna find out more about his famine up north.”
He walks up to the grou and greets them. “Good morning my people, what has happened here?”
A stout man looks up at him and sighs “No money to buy food back home, And the taxes are too damn high.”
“But such a large group of people must bring a much large issue at hand? Is it just the common problem of poverty that has brought everyone here this misery?”
“Everyone is suffering, and the royals do nothing but take and take.”
Weigraf bowed “Thank you good sirs, I hope the gods bless you.”
He walks for a bit and spots an oncoming citizen. He stops him for a moment and asks “What has happened citizen? Why so many people in camps?”
Citizen looks at Weigraf astonished. “You haven’t heard? Ever since the king in the country to the north died, the whole place went to shit.”
Ursion reeled in surprise. “Dead?”
Weigraf took a hard look at everyone. “What exactly happened?”
The man took a deep breath. " He just finally succumbed to illness. Some little girl took the throne, and her chancellor does most of the politics. They failed to prepare a reserve of food, and this year they had a terrible harvest. There’s no food up there so people come swarming here." the citizen explained.
“So a kingdom is in cause because of mismanagement?” Weigraf confirmed.
“Pretty much, yup.” tips his hat and heads off.
“hmm. You know what that means. right? that death is coming down for you.” Ursion shouted after the citizen “I already heard rumors from the refugees that it has far more worse than expected. Words of plagues has started to arise”
Tyrion and Ursion decide to go and sell some extra equipment, at bad prices. Mord and Weigraf chill out near Kyomi. Lady goes to the park to “play” with the kids.
Running up excitedly, Lady is faced with a group of kids who are just a little shorter than herself. The kids look up at her suspectingly marveled by her unique and childish appearance.
One jumped up and asked " Why is your skin purple? and your hair?
Lady cocks her head to the side and says, “Because a long long time ago, when my mommy and daddy were alive, there was a man who accidentally dropped stuff on me.”
“You look like a purple vampire girl. Rawr” cried one kid in laughter.
Blushing Lady says “I’m not a vampire. I am walking in the light, see!” pointing at the sky. “Wanna play hide and seek?” They look at her and decide sure. They begin to jump up and down in excitement of a new playmate. Lady pulls out her purple glittering quarter stick and a purple haze surrounds everyone. The children and her vanish. “OK! lets go!” cries her voice. They hear her but get afraid because they can’t see themselves or the others and start screaming and crying.
A woman comes running out looking for her child. She hears all the children screaming and crying but doesnt see them. What she does spot is Weigraf chilling out near by. “YOU! Where are the children!? Where are they?”
Weigraf looks up surprised, “I do not know what you are talking about.”
“The children! They were here! I hear them and you are the only one nearby!” she cried
“I don’t like your voice maam. If I took your children, would I be here?” he demanded.
The parent gets scared and screams out “Guards!”
Five soldiers come up to the area to inspect the situation. “How may we assist?”
The parent looking like she was having a panic attack cried" The children! They are missing! I hear them but don’t see them! and he is the only person nearby! He must have taken them!"
One of the soldiers turns to Weigraf and gives him a stern look. “Alright buddy, we can do this easy, or we can do this hard. Where are the kids?”
Weigraf shakes his head in annoyance. “Sir, the women is having her monthly spell cast upon her. Would a kidnapper be at the crime right when it happened without the evidence?” through the cries of the children.
Tyrion and Ursion show up wondering what could possibly be going on. The guard looks hard at Weigraf and figures it wasn’t him. Then children begin to pop back into view, 2 then 3 then all of them. The soldier figures it must be magic and spots Ursion. “Him men! He is a sorcerer!”
Ursion takes a step back waving his hands “What me? Surely you men are daft!” as the soldiers move towards him.
Weigraf and Mord grab one of the men and beat him to the ground. Takes a lot of work and effort but they manage to get him unconscious while bolts fly through the air hitting the soldier trying to save his comrade. Weigraf looks around and sees no one firing the bolts and figures it must be Lady. The other soldier decides its best he runs to join his comrades and leaves his unconscious friend in the hands of Mord and Weigraf
Tyrion tries to hold back 3 of the guards but one gets past him to Ursion, who was attempting to summon a fiendish creature. He knocks Ursion our of his spell and attacks him. Then the ground gets slippery as Ursion takes a step back from the soldier. Suddenly purple words form in front of Tyrion and Ursion demanding they go to the well and form a purple path to them.
“Go Ursion! I’ll hold them off. Run!” hollered Tyrion.
Ursion looked at the path and instead of following it, ran as a guard sliced his side. Tyrion noticed more soldiers coming and ran for it, following the path. He finds Lady hiding and waiting for him by the well. She had a look of fear in her eyes.
She walks ups up to Tyrion and says “Wispy” and they disappear. Then she whispers in his ear “Run north! Get Kyomi! Don’t touch or attack anyone, or they will find you. You don’t have much time on that spell.”
“Save Ursion. He went elsewhere and all the guards are chasing him now” whispered Tyrion then he turned ad ran away being careful not to touch anyone or thing.
The Blue Balli Pub
Bursting through the door like a man on fire, Ursion looks about the crowd and cries “The boats are on fire!” The people get scared and go to look out the windows. Ursion took the opportunity to run up the stairs to the closest door, uses a spell to open it, and quietly hides inside, just as the guards enter the pub.
Lady gets to the pub and sees a guard enter. She walks past him and up the stairs. She looks in two rooms and doesnt find him. A guard walks up the stairs and says “Who goes there?”
She puts on her most innocent of smiles and says “Just a little girl. Why?” whimsically.
The guard shrugs and moves to a room and doesnt find him as lady moves to a door that has blood on the handle and walks in to find Ursion putting on bartender cloths as a disguise dripping blood.
She grabs him quickly and says “Finally! Don’t touch anyone don’t attack anyone and go north! You don’t have much time with this spell, go behind a building ASAP!” Touches him “Wispy” and they go invisible again. They go invisible, slip down the stairs and stealthily around the guards guarding the entrance. It takes them awhile but they finally catch up the group.
“Well, I hope you are nicer to me from now on! I just saved you!” she says.
The group looks angrily at her. Tyrion steps forward, smacks her on the head and says “Nevermind that it was because you decided to kidnap some kids that we got into that mess!”
She rubs her head and replies " I wasnt kidnapping them. I was playing hide and seek. They just didnt understand what hiding was."
They roll their eyes and the group begins their journey north. Weigraf and Mord leaning on eachother for support. The bleeding Ursion and exhausted Tyrion carrying the sleeping but very healthy Kyomi. Lady skipping along ahead of the group with no damage at all, pissing everyone off with her light-hearted mood.