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  1. Gill

    Gill Misanthropic swordswoman
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    "Much obliged," Gill replied, feeling a certain lightening of some personal troubles and obstacles. The Order might be able to help her with her little quest she had been putting off. Having Rachel able to speak on her behalf to them would be the doorway to knowledge and maybe even action.

    Listening to Rachel ask about Gorehide Gill pinched the bridge of her nose in frustration. She was more than a little appalled that the woman would still think he was the way to go for knowledge.

    "Find another gateway, Rach'," she said firmly, "Like someone who actually tried to emulate that general he was raving about. I noticed, while eavesdropping, that he thought the general was amazing, but he didn't seem to actually understand why the guy inspired him, you know? He didn't get the guy's sparing prisoners and mercy part at all. Only that bit about the… what was it? A mayor’s daughter, and the threat to kill her if a prisoner exchange wasn’t agreed to? And after his rather, mm, blatant lack of actual remorse for nearly killing you, and myself, the bystander who had nothing to do with the fight, I say get a decree that he’s not to get within a mile of you ever again,” she ran a hand through her hair distractedly and added, “Heck, I would gladly take on a job to personally find you a less volatile person from the Dragmere side to talk to, if you would promise to stay away from that guy. He’s psychotic and… you saw him throw up those stoneworks when Adam and I hadn’t made any sort of move to intervene. He’s not stable.”

    She took a breath, wondering at herself for talking so much in one go. She felt more strongly about this than she cared to admit to herself, but that goron was irredeemable in her eyes, and no amount of insight he might provide, could convince her it was worth being anywhere near him ever again.
     
  2. Oro

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    "Thank you." Said Oro with genuine gratitude as he rose from his seat, taking the scabbard by the long sling he slipped it over his shoulder before accepting his staff. Rather than holding onto it he placed his sword back down atop one of the cairns, before turning to plant his heel atop the strange rock, and with no noticeable effort, pushing the great stone out of place. The earth under the rock was dark and wet, having recently been upturned by something, and the distinctive gleam of metal could be seen. Reaching down and brushing some of the dirt off with his hand, he plucked the metal plate from the earth and held it to the sun. It was a shovel head, removed from the actual shovel and buried under the rock for some reason.

    Fixing the newfound head to his staff like a bayonet, he span the new-made shovel through his hands before planting it in the fresh dark earth. "So." He asked, leaning on the shovel, "Conscript, mercenary, or squire?" He asked plainly, "Not like the butcher's boy is going to be walking the fields with a spear and chainmail."
     
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    “I'm a mercenary on paper.” Adam said. “In reality I'm currently trying to find my mother but mercenary work helps me pay the bills in the meantime.” He left out that he face that he hadn't had a good lead on her in a very long time. He never liked bringing up how long it took him to find leads about where his mother was as it had been an incredibly long time since he had found a lead on where she was or even if she was still alive.

    He watched him dig into the dark, soft dirt, presumably in order to find the supplies that he had hidden after he had dealt with the bandits.

    “I'm still not sure I trust this guy, but he's probably not going to attack me at the moment. He did seem that he was good at heart, but why can't I trust him?” He decided to keep that as hidden as possible.

    “So what brings you to this road?” Adam had asked. It was an attempt to see what kind of person he was. “Most people don't travel the roads for no reason in my experience.”
     
  4. Oro

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    Do yourself a favour.” He said stabbing down into the earth, feeling the shock of striking the hard surface of the trunk he'd buried here. “ Retire, go farm pigs in Kasuto, get married and have two score kids, use your pig farming money to hire a dozen mercenaries to look for your mother for you. If you want to spend the best years of your life knee deep in filth, at least make sure you'll be getting a better payday than the ones we collect. That said,” He cast the dirt over his shoulder, repeating over and over until he exposed the wooden surface of the trunk, “ If you're looking for someone, I'd assume you're heading to Rurau as well?

    Bending his knees and grabbing the trunk's handles, he turned to look at Adam when he asked what his business on the roads. Pointing to the six cairns surrounding them, then brushing a finger along the six sets of bones hanging from his sword, making an ominous chime of bones clicking against bone as they swung from his scabbard. “Gardening.” Came the quite clearly sarcastic reply as he pulled the trunk from the earth, “ I planted this chest in the earth,” he claimed, booting the lid open and peering inside, “ Now look at my bountiful harvest! Not sure about the Hylians I put in the earth here though...
     
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    Adam knew somewhere in his mind that Oro was correct. Sure he would have a better pay by being a pig farmer in Katsuto but the idea simply didn't sit well with him. He didn't want to just hire a group of mercenaries to find his mother. Adam's father wanted him to stay behind and be a locksmith but the idea never sat well with the younger Adam. If anyone was going to find his mother it had to be him. It was an odd form of honour that he had instilled into himself over the years of looking for his mother.

    “I'm sorry Oro, as much as I apperciate the advice, I can't just wander off and become a pig farmer in Katsuto.” Adam said. “As odd as this might sound I want to find my mother. I'm sorry.”

    The conversation reminded him of when he told his father that he was going to look for his mother and the resulting fight that happened afterwords.

    He sighed at the obvious sarcasm coming from Oro as he completed digging up the chest and had opened it up. Still he did ask a stupid question so he really should have expected some kind of sarcasm or a stupid answer from Oro. "But yes, I am heading off to Rauru as well." He replied.
     
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  6. Rachel Tosh

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    This was the first time Rachel had heard Gill speak with such passion. It gave weight to her words. Rachel nodded slowly, looking up at the sky, considering. "You may be right," she said. Rachel knew the truths she had to say next. She mulled them over as she spoke, tasting them as they fell from her tongue, and grimaced at their bitter flavor. "I... can be rather like a bull sometimes. I see something I want, I choose a path, and I'm set on it. I don't vary or stray, I just... barrel forwards. Even when it gets dangerous, it's very hard for me to change course. I'm like a dog with a bone, I don't let go easily." She sighed. "Sometimes that's good. I don't give up, Gill, ever. But sometimes..." She looked down at her limp arm. "Sometimes I get burned."

    She sighed and turned her gaze back toward the river. A line of ducks were swimming past, and despite everything, the sight of the mother duck and her ducklings made her smile. "Gorehide isn't stable," she said. "I know. Perhaps you're right. Yes, he showed a glimmer of change there at the end, but still, I don't even think he noticed you. Or cared about me." She shivered and reached for her clothes. "It kills me to let a story go, but maybe that's what I have to do. A less volatile Dragmiran... Maybe that's what I need." If such a thing existed. "They can't all be psychotic."

    She started trying to pull her clothes on with her good hand. "I may take you up on that offer," she said. "But first, I have business at Rauru. We should probably get back to the others." She hesitated. How was she supposed to do this with one arm? "Um. I don't suppose you could give me a hand?"
     
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    Gill was relieved and surprised that Rachel was actually taking what she said to heart. She had expected more insane stubbornness or excuses. It was gratifying to know she was being heard when it was important. At the same time she felt bad for Rachel. Her research and knowledge seeking clearly meant so much for her. Letting go of this lead, this once in a blue moon sort of deal, must be hard.

    Moving about, Gill searched for herbs to make a poultice and dug through her inventory to see what she had. There wasn’t much since she had left Katsuto so quickly, intent on stocking up along the journey. Should have been more prepared, but she had wrongly assumed she would be alone for the trip. That was a mistake she would not make again so quickly.

    “Mm, yeah.” Dropping off her gathering she moved to help Rachel dress again.

    “I’ll make a sling for that arm,” she commented, “It’ll make things easier than leaving it flopping around.”

    Once Rachel was dressed Gill cut out a length of fabric from her long red sash and used it as a makeshift sling for Rachel.

    Taking the horse’s reigns she led the way back towards the others, ready to lend a shoulder if Rachel stumbled.
     
  8. Rachel Tosh

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    Rachel thanked Gill and looked at her horse. She should mount it. She was still injured, and she doubted the current wave of energy and clarity would last long. But her thighs ached, and she felt trapped stuck in that saddle. Perhaps she was just being stubborn, but Rachel wanted to try walking a spell on her own. Most of the burns were on her upper back, so walking didn't hurt as much as she'd feared. If she held her shoulders still and didn't swing her arms while she walked, she could almost fool her injuries into thinking she was sitting still atop the beast Gill was leading. The sling Gill had made helped keep her arm pinned, so that definitely helped. It was odd to have and even odder not to feel, but Rachel was glad. It made her injury feel more normal. A limp, lifeless, unfeeling arm dangling from her side was strange and frightening, but an arm in a sling was somehow easier for her to wrap her head around.

    Rachel's decision nagged at her while she walked. Was she really going to give up such a promising lead? Gorehide's story was complete, the interview safely recorded in her pack, but the things he could show her... no. Gill was right. He was too dangerous, too unstable, and choosing to travel with him and see his friends was downright foolhardy. She would not seek him out. But if he came to her, would she refuse him? Yes. Yes, she would. Wouldn't she? Rachel shook her head, angry at herself. This was the trouble that came from abandoning a path. There was too much dissonance within her, too much conflict between possibilities that might be. She tried to set them aside for now, repeating her reasoning for turning away from the very real future of her traveling with Gorehide and diving more into the Dragmiran culture, and attempted to focus more on a new path she could carve for herself. She would still investigate the Dragmirans, but with- as Gill had put it- a different gateway. It wasn't too different. She wasn't quitting. She was just being smart. Right.

    They crested a hill and caught sight of Oro and Adam digging down below. Was that a chest they'd unearthed? She raised a hand in greeting, then winced at the pain that flashed across her back and quickly let the arm drop. "They've been busy," she said to Gill, then raised her voice as they approached. "What have you got there, Oro? You were so adamant earlier that a king's power not be connected to the earth, but here I find your treasure safeguarded in it."
     
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    The group entered Rauru, and through the pain and fatigue of her injuries Rachel felt a sense of enormous relief. It seemed like she'd been gone for so long. So much had happened since she'd last left Rauru. Falling for Tane, the crazy ordeal with Zen, the Halloween Festival and her experience with the Fortune Teller, her urgent ride from Kasuto the next morning, then Gorehide? Talking to him, hating him, fearing him, fighting him... being burned by him. Gill trying to save her and setting her straight later, the strange old man who may or may not be a king... Hyrule was a strange place sometimes. So much had happened in such a small amount of time. Had it really only been a few days ago that she'd first met Tane and Zen in that tavern? It felt like weeks, months, had passed since, but no. For such a small nation, a lot tended to happen in Hyrule. At least she'd never be bored.

    She turned her horse towards the House of Healing. She badly needed the attention of the physicians there. She told the group where she was going and pointed out where inns and good restaurants were (in case any of them had never visited before, which was unlikely but still possible), then looked to Gill. "I'd like to talk more later," she said. "If you can, come see me at the House of Healing in a few days." She nodded to the others, wished them farewell, and nudged her horse forward.

    It was time to rest.
     

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