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    Land at last!! Shia never thought she would miss dirt and mud as much as she did. She reached the port dock close to two weeks ago. The local merchants showed her the best route to get to Freidburg and luckily there was a merchant and his family heading there in their wagon to drop off some supplies and to barter. Shia offered him a bit of her small coin and some of her fur pelts she had hoped to sell for more coin. The merchant gladly accepted as trade to give her ride to Freidburg. Shia felt extremely lucky and started to feel a sense of fulfillment that she was finally honoring her mother’s last wish.
    Along the way the merchant talked of strange creatures he would see from time to time. For the most part they avoided humans. He also mentioned that he came across a few men who he thought had possessed magic. The way he spoke of magic gave Shia the impression he feared it. Shia did not mention that she could speak to animals. He also mentioned a tavern and the woman who ran it named Zella. He said if anyone would know if she had any family still there it would be Zella. Shia truly hoped to finally find some family and to start making a place for herself. Within the next day or two, she would be in her mother's home town.

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    After serving the drinks to the more rowdy crowd she glanced up to see another customer in the corner. Even before his hood was off she knew he wasn't a regular, she yelled over at the man, "Gut day! Kan I get you an ale sir?" her accent coming out thick.

    She had been told in the past that her accent was too strong but she didn't care, they were in Germany in her bar, so the customers would have to accept her self taught English skills. She had also been told it wasn't lady like to yell. Her mother always said, "Ladies are prime and always proper. We must not raise our voices even if its to get the attention of others. The only acceptable time is during an emergency.", of course that was in German. Zella stopped worry about being prime and proper, especially around the perverted drunkards that came into her tavern each day. Some of the men hit on her, even though they knew her when she was a little girl.

    The though reminded her that this wasn't actually her tavern, but it might of well have been. The owner was never around. She sometimes day dreamed about what it would be like to move away and own her own tavern somewhere.

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    Izakar had a bath, cold and fast, and had taken scissors to his beard, trimming the mangled mass into something that looked presentable. He was still in patched clothing, but there was nothing to be done for that. He made his way to the common room smelling clean enough and looking presentable enough.

    "I'll take my meal now," Izakar said to the serving woman, eyeing the loud lot of men that had come in. They looked like fighters, maybe hero's but he would have to wait. He had learned from the last few months in the Churches care that he was better off to not mention dragons and their ilk openly. Too many superstitious people who would report to the Church in a heart beat.

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    Leif parted from his friends after the second round and sat near a freshly clean young man (though clearly a few years older than himself) and settled in.

    "a meal sounds good. What is it tonight?" and to the stranger "i hope you don't mind company."

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    Eoghan startled a little when he realized the wench was talking to him.

    "Oh, eh, yes, please, an ale would be great... thanks" he replied. After that he started looking around, not minding anything in particular and almost forgetting about everything around him.

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    Zella acknowledge the men asking for a meal, and brought the drink over to the man in the corner. After a few moments everyone had a plate full of sausage, potatoes and eggs, a hearty meal that kept most men sober enough to keep drinking. She smiled as she stopped back at the bar, once all the men were fed, and asked, "Vat brinks you all to Freidburg?"

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    "beer," Leif replied. "and strong fighters. Im a journeyman and Im always looking for a strong enemy." tearing into the meal with a veracity, he added "keep the ale coming."

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    Shia finally reached Freiburg. She was overcome by how far she has come from the only land she has ever known. Cavall sat on his haunches next to her before she set down the main road that led to the main part of town. She told Cavall to wait in the forest since most people were frightened by wolves. Cavall whined a little. He did not like leaving her on her own in a strange place.

    “I’ll be all right, if I need you, I will call for you” Shia said looking down at her only friend. It was true, he could be miles away and if she called he could feel her pull. He wouldn’t be far if she did need him this time.

    Shia stepped onto the road with trepidation. She laughed at herself because what could a road do to her? She traveled up a ways and found the tavern, just as the merchant and his family described. She opened the door; again with her trepidation. “Be brave, Shia”, she said to herself. There were some rowdy men in the corner and two other men who seemed a bit at odds with each other. The tavern keeper, whom Shia assumed was the Zella that the merchant had described, was taking their orders. Her accent was strong. Shia’s mother had the same accent; however it was not as strong by the time she passed. Shia quietly slid in the tavern and meekly sat at a table in a corner away from the men. Her heart was pounding as she begins to wonder if this was a mistake. There was no going back now, though. She had come too far and to go back now would dishonor her mother’s wish.

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    After finishing his ale, Eoghan heard the question, and after some moments he realized he should answer.

    "Nothing in particular... I was traveling the woods and it was nearby" he said.

    After some moments a scent cought his interest. "I know that smell" he though, "it is that of a forest dweller", and one he knew, even though he did not like them. He then saw a girl that probably had just entered. The scent was with her, but was not her own. He tilted his head a little, still staring at the girl.

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    "Travel for business," Izakar got out around a mouthful of food. "I'm a tailor. You don't happen to know anyone who could use my work, do you?"

    He scanned the room, feeling extremely foreign. There were many foreigners, but none that were like him. The only one who looked as forlorn was the girl who just walked in. He could only hope that the men of the fighter's guild didn't see her as a good time waiting to happen.

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