The Road to Moonborn
I found myself alone in my room at The Jolly Stew Inn, at the town of Grey's Rock, a small mining town on the edge of the western mountain range. My armor I set over to the local blacksmith, along with my sword and shield. He gave me a loaner for just in case, a good fighter should never be without a good weapon at his side. My horse is bedded down for the night, he was well fed some grains and hay, and groomed by the caretakers young daughter.
I try to rested my head on the firm bed, with it's soft pillow, while staring up at the ceiling. I took a count of all that made it here in my head, the lucky ones at least, and it came out to be about just under six hundred. A mix band of city guard, bowmen, and a few rangers. The mages that started the trip with us, left as soon as they could. I never liked them blasted mages, always they leave you when your needing them. But then there was Marisa, she suck with Red and I all the way to this town, but told us she had business to attend too, and would return as soon as she could. Red ran off with a few of the other fighters, after he was told his armor wasn't worth the time to fix, and they were in search of a few gambling games to make some quick coin. Good old Red, I hope he stays out of trouble.
I find myself drifting off to sleep, and I lose track of time. then comes a knock on my door. I awake to the sounds of drunken voices outside my window, and I slowly sit on the side of my bed, then give my eyes a quick rub. It's still dark out, and now I can see a few groups of men staggering and singing passing by my window. There is another knock on my door, this time it turns into a pounding. I go over to see who it is, and when I open the door Red was about to hit it for a third time. He swings at the now open door, and stagers into the room with a mug of ale in his right hand. His eyes are glassed over, and he slurs his words.
" Granny..........you old bastard.......come on have a drink with me!"
He stagers a bit more while walking, as he drinks down his ale in one breath, then looks at me with his eyes now going crossed, and begins the stumble around. I try to grab hold of him, but he pushes me away, while muttering more words I don't understand. The next thing I see is Red falling backwards onto my bed. Poor Red you had a very long day, I help him out of what is left of his armor, and I cover him up with a nice extra blanket. Ok I lost my bed for the night, but he is my best friend, and it looks like he could use the sleep more than me.
I quietly leave the room, and close the door behind me. Then I make my way down stairs to a busy sight of more drunken men and more singing of songs. The innkeeper looks up from the bar over at me, a lean half elf female named Elyenvis, and gives me a big smile while walking over toward me now. She has straight blue-geenish hair and narrow green eyes, and is wearing modest garments with an apron. She is also friendly and energetic.
" Can't sleep Master Granthor? You looking for a nice meal or something to drink?"
I nod in agreement and she shows me to a out of the way table, then places a plate of crusted bread and aged cheese slices for me to eat. I sample a piece of the cheese, it's grainy in texture, and is a pleasantly sharp as it crumbs in my mouth. Must be a type of Cheddar, I find myself taking more of it, this time with a piece of the crusted bread. It does the job for now, as I look over to the innkeeper, as she gives me a big smile.
" If you be wanting anything else, I will bring you over some nice beef stew, with a good mug of my finest ale. Will that be ok with you Master Granthor?"
I agree to the meal, and she quickly rushes off to get it for me. Then the mood in the tavern quites a bit, as someone starts to play a Lute. The music is nice, it fills the air, and begins to calm the sprits of everyone that hears it. Then a song crosses the air.
"Smoke is rising up to sky
A city, called Trinsic, we'll be passing by
There, by the ruins we all stands
With the leader of undead lands
I hope you will never see it
Is the fortess of the army of evil
The leader is like the devil
From there she controlls her power
With the sword of darkness she will win
For the army of goddess it will be a sin
Who will be the lord of the lands
Who will be the one who will win
In this dark and unholy land
Dwarfs and Dragons are fighting
Until the army of goddess is dying
When there will be noone left
Then the sun's colour will be black
It will be so dark like at night
When the good ones have lost the fight
Then she will be the queen
The weapons you should find
Before you will face her once again
Is Starlight, Light Shield of Unholy Blight
And Slice of Life, Blessed Blade of Holy Might
You must find them all
In heaven you will dwell
Or you'll be visited pal
By the demons of hell
Smoke is rising up to sky
The city, called Trinsic we're now passing by
Now we are standing here
When you'll see her, don't have fear
At the black gate
Kill her without a lack of faith
Then this nightmare will end at last...
A bard's song is written every day
So many things the writer will say
But now my song has come to an end
'Cause this bard's tale has an open end... "
The Bard finishes his song, and all give up a cheer to him, as they toss him a few coins. The Innkeeper brings over my meal and drink, as I take a few more bites of the bread with cheese. I think over what was said in the song. A sword called Slice of Life, and a shield called Starlight? I never heard of them, but if there are weapons to be had that can help fight that witch, it's worth a look to go find them I think to myself. I begin to enjoy my meal, as the Bard starts a new song, this one is a little more up lifting, as people begin to dance around now. It's good to see people having fun, bringing the day to a better ending.
To be continued...............
(Song modified from the Bard Tail)