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Mage Bastion Ulbrecht unleashed a demon upon Lodoss and now he must hunt it down and send it back to where it belongs.
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Granite Stoneheart was leaving home for the first time today. Her entire life had been spent in the Free City of Raiden, and though her twenty-three years had been fruitful here, she wanted to see more of the world. Her father was a blacksmith and ran a smithy inherited from his father-in-law with his family. While Granite's three older brothers--Hugan, Velfur, and Nagnar--joined their father in the forge, Granite had taken to a more delicate form of metalwork; goldsmithing. She had a love for jewelry and bright jewels, and despite her beard, she was quite the feminine dwarf. Her parents encouraged her pursuit and helped her buy the precious metals and gems that she needed. They had even set aside a small area of their smithy for her to work and sell her jewelry. Business was good for Granite, but it wasn't enough to ease the wanderlust of youth. With the chance to travel, she didn't hope to just broaden her horizons, but to find more unique jewels for her craft.

Granite was also hoping to find love. Though young, she had dreams of a husband and children. As a big sister, she had learned to love children and hoped to have a baby of her own someday soon. She met a few young men in Raiden, but she didn't want to just settle for some hometown boy--even if her hometown was quite large. The journey she had planned thus far took her from Raiden, down through Moss, and a visit to her father's homeland, the fallen Stone Kingdom. She would then pass through Valis and Kanon, then up to Alania and visit the Steel Kingdom. On the way back home, she would pass through Flaim.

The dwarven girl finished packing in the bedroom she shared with her younger sister Sasil. Her backpack was stuffed with all sorts of gear that she would need for camping, crafting, and even a little mining. She hefted the pack onto her back and settled it onto her shoulders. She was dressed for travel in a pair of leather breeches and a steel breastplate her father had crafted for her. The armor was uncomfortable and unfamiliar, but Granite felt a little safer with it on. She was good with a mace, especially since her parents made it a point for her to train before she left, but she was far from a warrior.

With everything prepared, she stepped out of her room and headed for the shop, where her family was waiting to say goodbye. Her father and mother gave her their blessings, but she could tell they were reluctant to let her go out into the world alone. Her youngest brothers, Bosin and Borin, even cried. They were quite young, only seven and six, and Granite had been more of a second mother to them than a sister. Sasil, her sister, who was only 12 years old and hadn't grown a beard yet, wasn't too happy about Granite leaving. She had spent the last week pouting and sulking, but as Granite was about to leave, she attacked her with a fierce hug. "Come back soon!" she demanded.

Granite just giggled and patted Sasil's back. "I'll try, but it's a wide world out there!" she replied, eager to see that world.

After finally parting with her family, Granite made her way to the market. There was one last thing she needed to get; food for the first leg of the trip. It was best to get it fresh now.

OOC: This is just an open ended post for anyone to reply to. Granite is wandering around one of the marketplaces in Raiden. This is the same opening from a canceled thread, but hell, it works, and I'm lazy! :P
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Bastion had never been good at waiting, and the half hour so far spent on the edge of one of Raiden's many marketplaces had been the hardest of the young mages' life. His quest had led him far from home, following a trail of rumour and wasted gold to the free city. Here, supposedly, there was a man, a dealer in ancient things, who possessed several magic items and would be willing to trade them for reasonable prices. He had met a servent of this man, been given a name and a face, and been told to wait here until the owner of said name and face came for him.

And so here he was, leaning against a building at the market's entrance, trying to stay out of the traffic. He was tired, but nervous of moving from his spot to find a place to sit. So, closing his eyes, Bastion sustained himself with imaginings of what artifacts would be his before, hopefully, too long.
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While Bastion rested, a small, skinny boy dressed in little more than rags snuck up beside him, moving quietly on bare feet. Giving the mage a cautionary glance as he got close, the boy crouched down and quietly reached into his traveling pack to rummage for something of worth.

Granite had been able to purchase the final supplies she needed, but the female dwarf couldn't resist the chance to explore the market a little more. There was always the chance she could find some gems or precious metals, or some other odds and ends. Raiden markets were unpredictable and there were always opportunities when one was willing to look for them a little.

As she walked along, she passed a building with a young man and a boy waiting outside and gave it a cursory glance. As she turned away, the dwarf suddenly registered what she had seen. A finely dressed young man and a boy in rags with his arm shoved into a backpack obviously belonging to the other. Granite swung around and pointed at the boy. "HEY! What are you doing?" she shouted at the pickpocket. Unlike some Raidenites who preferred to look the other way when theft happened to others, Granite did her best to put a stop to it. After all, she was a business woman, and thieves hurt her trade.
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Bastion opened his eyes with a start, at first fearing that someone was yelling at him for loitering. He quickly found the truth of the matter however, as he looked to his side and saw a urchin going through his pack. "You rascal!" the mage exclaimed, attempting to grab the boy's arm before he withdrew something valuable, or worse, disturbed Sable from her nap.
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As he was caught, the boy had a look of terror on his face. He yanked his skinny arm in Bastion's grip. "Please sir, forgive me!" he whimpered.

Granite strode up to the pick pocket and his would-be-victim, her fists planted her plump hips. The dwarven woman focused on the boy, whose eyes were darting between the bearded dwarf woman and the handsome mage. "Stealing will get you nowhere in life, boy," she chastised, but she produced a gold coin from a pocket in her breeches and showed it to the boy. "Buy yourself something to eat, then head on over to the Cha Za temple. Maybe you can find a respectable calling and a little good fortune there, hmm? Tell 'em Granite Stoneheart sent you!"

Reluctantly, the child reached out to take the offered coin. His hand hesitated and his eyes kept flicking up to Granite's face to try and read her intentions, but he finally accepted the offering.
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"Exactly so." Bastion said, turning the boy to face him. "It's a dangerous thing to rifle through a mages' pack, young man. Touch the wrong item, and you could easily turn any one of us into mist!" Bastion spoke gravely, but then he smiled at the boy. "However, since we're all still here, in the flesh, I think we'll say no harm was done." The mage released his grip on the would-be pickpockets' arm. "You heed the ladies' advice and run along now, with my blessing."
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With a silent and shaky nod, the boy then clutched the gold coin to his chest and ran off.

Granite looked up a the mage with a smile through her beard. "You should be careful with your belongings in Raiden. It's not often that someone stands up for the victim of a thief," she advised.
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"Indeed. This has been frustrating enough with my coin. The last thing I need is it stolen." Bastion ran a hand over his hair and sighed. But he quickly shook off his gloom, turning a smile on his new acqaintence. "But enough of would-be thieves. I owe you my very great thanks Milady... Stoneheart, you said?" The mage made a low, elegent bow. "Bastion Ulbrecht, at your service."
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"Yeah," she replied, confirming his recollection of her name. "Good to meet ya Mr. Ulbrecht. So, I take it you're not a Raiden native?" she asked the young man. She decided to make a little small talk with this fellow, in the hopes that she could find a traveling companion. She was ready to leave the city, but it would have been better to do so with a friend. Company was the reason she had joined the Mercenaries' Guild, but if she didn't have to follow a job to leave the city with others, all the better. Perhaps this mage could find some use of a friendly dwarven traveling companion; and the fact that he hadn't had a poor reaction to her beard made her all the more eager to open up a report.
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"True, I count Moss as my homeland." Bastion said, glad to have someone to talk to and speed the waiting, for at least a time. "I'm here on business, but my contact has yet to arrive. So I've just been here, passing the time." the mage glanced towards the market, where there was still no sign of the man he awaited. With a shrug, he turned back to Granite. "So what brings you to market today, Milady? I hope you've had more luck then I with who or what you may be seeking."
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Granite smiled as he inquired to her. Maybe this would be a good chance to come to a traveling arrangement--if he needed one. "Well, I decided it's time to leave home and see the world a bit," she replied. "I was just shopping for some final supplies before I hit the road; though I don't know quite what I'm doing yet. I registered at the Mercenaries' Guild, but I'd rather find some companions to travel with instead of having to be limited by what the guild offers."
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Bastion smiled broadly. "Setting out into the world? Wonderful! Our Lodoss is truely a wondrous place, and worth the seeing. And you are quite right. A companion on the road is worth more then Raidens. Perhaps..." the young mage stopped abruptly, gazing silently at Granite. The byways of the island were still a dangerous place, perticularly for a lone, very social mage, but solitude was Bastion's protection as well, his shield against his crime being discovered. Could this woman be trusted? She was a dwarf, and they were not known for their interest in magic. He could keep his secret from such a person, surely?

"Perhaps, if my contact is not too late..." Bastion continued, somewhat hesitently. "...I might walk with you a short ways beyond the city? I am young, but I've been wondering for some time and know many places along the road. Of course, you likely have your own routes planned, and I wouldn't want to have you wait on my business."

As the mage and dwarf talked, a spare man, nondiscript but for a cruel burn scar on his right cheek, watched silently from a nearby alley. The young man he recognized, but his friend was a unknown element, and potentially troublesome. His master expected the young mage to be seen to, but the scarred man was unsure if others should be kept out of the proceedings. Either way, he'd have to act soon.
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OOC: Sorry for the wait, got caught up in the post transfers.

"Well...I don't have any schedule to keep," Granite replied with a grin. "I'd love to show you around. Anywhere in particular you'd like to go?"
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OOC: No worries. Gives me time to plan ahead. :wink:



"I, uh...I'm not quite sure, I'm afraid." Bastion said with a slight smile. "I haven't been in town long, and most of that time has been spent here. I don't really know what there is to see in Raiden. What would you think I'd..." the mage trailed off, eyes focusing above and behind his companion's head. "Milady Stoneheart, you've brought me luck!" Bastion exclaimed. "You've called my contact out of hiding!"

Coming down the street was a man who could have fit in anywhere, were it not for the mass of scar tissue marring his right cheek, pulling his mouth into a constant sneer. Head raised, brown eyes locked on Bastion through lank brown hair, the man strode with perpose, expecting those he encountered to clear out of his way.
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Granite looked back at the man approaching and got a bad feeling from him. Maybe it was just the scar, but he didn't feel quite trustworthy. The dwarf stayed beside her new friend though, just in case her hunch was right.
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