Crime and Punishment

Back in Tal Ryth, we found that Captain Ferin and his (and our) troops had captured six bandits and had invested the village itself, so another twenty, twenty-five bandits (well, men, women and children, even babies) were kept in place for us. The captured bandits, interestingly enough, were a raiding…

Rain, rain, rain. And work.

In the end, Moyri came with me to the leper village. Either captain Ferin could catch the bandits on his own with the soldiers, our band and the villages, or he would just investigate and not do anything yet, but it made no sense for us to separate. Not when…

Kiss me at your peril

So… Erne’s family stayed in the new village. It needs a better name! Tal-Rayen is like, so old-fashioned. Every other village in Valdyas is called New Village! But they’re doing well, and we gained and lost some people in our travelling school. I really should make a list! There are…

The bossiest woman in the world

The next day, after going over a mountain crest, we arrived in Tal-Borin Parva; a village consisting mostly of a joiner’s workshop, a smithy and two or three other workshops. The smith is Rava, and she’s in the Guild of Anshen. The joiner, that’s Lochan, his wife is called Lara,…

Bandits and Sneak Thieves

We’d heard in the village about Perain and his band of outlaws, so we were even more diligent in scouting and posting guards. Great fun was had by all, but I was fretting… Were I going to have to hang more people? Would our apprentices have to fight and wound,…

Are Ishey Baths Civilized?

When we had clothed the ragged and fed the curious, and when the inn-keeper finally realized it was the baroness who was giving his guests treats, we felt it was time to be just the two of us together. And have a bath. And a shave… So we asked the…

Clothing the Ragged

Between Habali and Hokaji were a lot of smaller villages. And we took our time in every one; it will very likely be the only time Moyri and I will have this chance to meet the people in our barony! And it’s really beginning to feel like ours — perhaps…

In the Interests of Peace and Harmony

We were so happy when we finally left the barren lands behind us! For the young ones, like Rani, it was almost a miracle, they had never seen lush, green, fruitful land. Sometimes I have to work hard not to blame their elders for deciding to stay in their villages,…

Escape

A few days layer, we all left the village by the brook. I had carefully packaged all the old books from Temple of Naigha, because those went back hundreds of years and they contain the births and deaths and weddings and everything else the priestesses noted. The oldest books were…

A Very Scary Woman

I’m a very scary woman now, at least to some people. I can kill with an embrace… But that comes later. After we’d agreed to meet with Black Cynla and crew westwards, we backtracked, got on our horses and went to look for more people. Within a day, we’d found…