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 Passing Through, (anyone)
Drydan
Posted: Apr 29 2007, 12:22 AM


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Gravel crunched beneath the worn soles of Drydan’s boots as he strode steadily down the path. With a pack slung over his shoulders, he followed the paths meanderings, his lips pursed as he whistled a jaunty tune.

A smith, farmer, and soldier by trade, Drydan was a bit of an ‘everything’ man. True to his rune, the Rune of Water, life always seemed to be throwing unexplainable and random twists into his life. Which was just fine with Drydan, he liked the way his future was never laid out endlessly before him, and the way opportunities seemed to spring up in the oddest places. Having just finished working with the dwarf smiths for the past three years, he had decided to see every city in Fynir…at least, that was his goal.




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Arroth
Posted: Apr 29 2007, 06:20 PM


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Arroth strolled down the gravel-covered pathway, humming absently as her hound Ceara galumphed through the long grass on either side of the road. It was a beautifully sunny day, and she shifted her shoulders, grimacing at the sweat on her back underneath the pack. She rounded an abrupt bend in the path and paused, squinting. There seemed to be a man walking ahead of her. She shrugged, brushed a hand across her forehead, sweeping a few unruly hairs back into place, and made sure her bow was in easy reach before continuing, humming a little louder to make her presence known.


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Drydan
Posted: Apr 29 2007, 11:30 PM


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As Drydan moved down the path, he became aware of another person’s humming adding to his own whistled melody. Halting the tune, he swiveled his head and turned around. His quick brown eyes lighted upon the woman coming up the trail behind him. A cheerful smile leaping to his lip, he stepped off the trail to wait. He’d welcome the company if she was adverse to walking with a stranger.

Bounding ahead of her was a hound. The dog, obviously a finely put together specimen, preceded its master, nose to the ground. Crouching down, the curly haired man offered his hand to the customary sniff before reaching up behind the dog’s ears to offer it a scratch.

As the woman drew nearer, Drydan straightened, the smile still on his lips and offered her his hand in greeting.

“Hello, pleasant out today isn’t it? I am Drydan. You are?”

The dark twinkling of his eyes and the infectious cheerfulness that seemed to radiate from his almost boyish features made Drydan literally impossible to dislike.


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Arroth
Posted: Apr 30 2007, 12:40 AM


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Arroth was slightly surprised to see the stranger stop and turn around and even more so to see how quickly Ceara took to him. She smiled back and extended her own hand. "Um, Arroth," she said, taken aback by his forthright greeting. "And Ceara," she added, as the hound bounced excitedly around the pair. "I am surprised that she let you near her. She doesn't care much for strangers."


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Drydan
Posted: Apr 30 2007, 04:09 AM


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Drydan could tell the woman was a little surprised that he had stopped. However, he couldn’t blame her, not on this lonely stretch of road. Taking her hand in a firm grip, he shook her hand before releasing it.

“Pleasure to meet you Arroth and Ceara.”

Drydan shrugged his broad shoulders, as he grinned at the bounding dog.

“It’s rather strange really. Most animals take to me, I don ‘ken why.”

The burr of his northern accent was evident in his speech. It made his words softer, that low timbre, and made those that heard it relaxed. Truly, if you knew Drydan at all, you wouldn’t fathom how he had ever survived the life a soldier. He was much to jovial….and well, sweet.


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Arroth
Posted: Apr 30 2007, 02:54 PM


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Making sure her bow was still within easy reach, Arroth grinned back. "The pleasure is mine, I'm sure," she returned, remembering her manners. His accent, although one she'd never heard before, was quite pleasant. "I guess you just have a gift," she said, reaching out a hand to calm the dog. "Down, Ceara! Our chief ostler did too. He could do anything with any horse." Ceara, chastened, stopped leaping about and came to stand by her mistress's side, panting and wagging her tail excitedly.


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Drydan
Posted: Apr 30 2007, 03:40 PM


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Drydan had yet to raise his hand to grasp the bow that was looped over his shoulder or drop his hand to take up his sword. He noted the familiarity with which Arroth held her weapon and her hesitation to let it go. He made no comment. A fast way to die was to trust too quick. Perhaps he could learn a lesson from her. Doubtful, however, he always trusted too fast, particularly when it came to women.

When she mentioned horses, his smile broadened.

“Beautiful creatures, horses. Always used mules on the farm, stubborn critters they were. Care to walk with me?”

Stepping back onto the path he made as if to continue, he wanted to clock a few more miles before nightfall.


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Arroth
Posted: Apr 30 2007, 10:13 PM


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Arroth found herself liking this smiling young man, with his open and friendly manner. She relaxed her grip on the bow, sliding it back into the quiver at her back, and smiled up at him. "Why not? Ceara's good company, but she's not a very good conversationalist." She stepped back onto the path alongside him. "Horses are lovely, aren't they? I never was a very good rider, but I always loved to pet the ones in the stable back home."


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Drydan
Posted: May 1 2007, 02:01 AM


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Drydan’s face brightened considerable when she agreed to keep him company. Moving more to the side of the path he made room for her to walk. As they made there way down the path Drydan nodded in agreement to her statement.

“Very lovely. When you think about it, it’s amazing that such magnificent creatures allow us on their backs.”

Casting a curious gaze over her, he brought his smiling dark eyes back up to hers.

“I have trouble believing that you’re not a good rider. You’re very athletic looking, strong arms, slim legs. Perhaps you just had an unruly horse or a bad instructor.”

Stopping his speech, he tilted his head, a lock of dark hair falling across his tanned brow. A small frown creased his face.

“Forgive me if I’ve insulted you by my assessment of you. I have been in the company of dwarves for so long that I sometimes forget that most humans aren’t as….open… as they typically are.”

Concern written across his face, he added “I meant no harm, I assure you.

Drydan was like that. He always wanted everyone to like him. In many ways, he was quite a sensitive young man, and he contained a good heart. His current concern was quite typical of him. He loathed upsetting or hurting anyone, particularly someone who he hadn’t even gotten the chance to know yet!


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Arroth
Posted: May 1 2007, 02:33 AM


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Arroth blushed slightly. She wasn't used to people- especially handsome young men- complimenting her figure, but he so obviously meant no harm... She shook her head. "No, no offense taken. I'm just not-" She glanced down before meeting his gaze again. "I think it was the student," she continued, changing the subject. "Derru was an excellent teacher, and Cherry was the sweetest thing- I just never really liked being that high off the ground going that fast. Or at least, it felt fast. Probably wasn't much more than a trot- But I'm rambling. I tend to do that. You say you've been among the dwarves?" she asked suddenly, eyes alight with curiosity. "I've read so much about them."


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Drydan
Posted: May 1 2007, 07:25 PM


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He smiled in relief when Arroth assured him he had not offended her. As he listened to her speak of her trainer and horse, he gave a small shrug and smiled.

“Well, not everyone is meant to sit on the back of a horse. Who knows? Maybe you’d take better to bull riding.”

A mischievous light twinkled in his eyes as he grinned, and then nodded as she mentioned the dwarves. Ah yes, the dwarves. A fond light appeared in his eyes as he began to speak about them.

“They are very robust and hard working. Dwarves are all rather gruff, but I came to see it as a bit of a front. I spent several years working under their smiths.”

He smiled softly in recollection.

“They were trying to teach me how to swing an anvil as well as a dwarf. To this day I don’t know if they let me go because I had finally met their standards of a smith or if they just gave up on me.”

He laughed. It was one of those warm, deep laughs that made those who hear it want to join in.

“I suppose I will never know.”


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Arroth
Posted: May 1 2007, 11:48 PM


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Arroth laughed along with him, her somewhat girlish giggle a higher-pitched counterpoint to his mellow tone. "I don't suppose you ever will! That's fascinating, though. I didn't know the dwarves would be willing to teach a human. So you're a smith? You must be a very good one, if you've learned from dwarves." She wondered why a smith would be carrying both bow and sword, but shrugged off her suspicions. The world was a dangerous place, after all.


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Drydan
Posted: May 2 2007, 02:44 AM


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Giving her a perky grin, he nodded.

“Yep, I’m a smith… and a farmer...and well, I guess you’d have to say I’m a soldier as well. I get around a lot. Seems my life never stays the same for long. I like it that way though, keeps life interesting.”

Slightly embarrassed by her compliment, he shrugged his shoulders modestly. He wasn’t one to brag about anything.

“Yeah, I guess I’m pretty good at it. Been working with metal a long time now. I don’t know about dwarves not taking on humans. I know I was the only human in the mountain for the years I worked with them, but maybe that was an abnormality.”

Truth was, he was a very skilled smith, talented too. Drydan had a gift for taking a picture of something, real or just in his mind, and creating an exact replica out of iron, gold, or silver.

Reaching down to fondle the hound’s ears as she trotted beside him, Drydan turned the conversation.

“So, now you know just about everything about me, what do you do Arroth?”


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Arroth
Posted: May 2 2007, 12:27 PM


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Arroth nodded thoughtfully as Drydan spoke. "It certainly seems that way. Those are certainly three very different jobs." Water, she thought. But he is quite nice...

Returning her attention to the conversation, she realized he'd asked her a question. "Oh, um, I don't really have a job yet." She gave a somewhat embarassed laugh. "I'm travelling to Linwynne to study there. I'm- well, I want to be a scholar. I love to read, especially about history, and I like to sing and I sketch a bit too."


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Drydan
Posted: May 2 2007, 05:53 PM


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"Really? A scholar. I would have never guessed. That is very interesting though. Are you thinking of becoming a sort of professor yourself or do you think you'll complete your studies and focus on entertainment?"

Dance and song. That he could see in her shape and voice. That revelation wasn’t nearly as startling as the scholar part. What an unusual girl. She obviously knew how to handle her weapons, she was brave to be traveling alone, and yet she was an artist of sorts. Shifting his pack, he smiled over at her.

"I'm not that much for reading, but I love music. Do you play any instruments?"

As he asked the last part, Drydan unfastened the front of his coat and held it open so she could see. Instead of having knives or other weapons concealed in the lining, he'd fastened holders for a reed flute, a harmonica, and several other strange looking wind instruments. Refastening his coat, he grinned ruefully.

"I'd rather play than read. I admire you that you can enjoy both. I think my lack of enjoyment from reading is probably because I was never really good at it. It was always too much work to be an enjoyment."


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