We’ve seen the elephant!

What is it with good food that it makes me so playful? Even though I was rather brooding over Moryn’s idea of staying in Valdis, by the time we had reached the Palace after our dinner at the Three Kings, I wasn’t worrying about it any more, but rather looking…

Men!

When we were getting near Valdis, I tried to find the Queen. I know Raisse — she may not know me, but I do know her, she’s got three moles on her left buttock — but she was busy. There was nothing for it, but to ride through Valdis, trying…

Almost in Valdis.

Beyond Lenay, Lenyas was different. Less wild, less rugged, though still with many woods between the vineyards. Of course we went to see the famous hole in the ground Athal had made in Erday. Wait… Wasn’t that also because some people were hiding slaves from him, when he was on…

Sleepy-head wakes up

Of course, I was asleep before I reached bed. I actually don’t recollect falling asleep, but I don’t remember going to bed either. As I later told Moyri, the big problem of a school like the Guild School in Turenay is that every gets taught by grand masters, and that…

Curing a town of its fever

As far as I can, Lenyas is a fairly quiet barony, the road towards Lenay was mostly empty, the scenery spotless, the weather awesome, the scenery astounding. I’d seen this river bank from the other side of the river coming down, so it wasn’t all new to me, but it…

Saddle-sores and sling-shots

We waved the boating party goodbye — there were two boats — and then the ferry brought us over to the other side of the Valda. Coming down to Essle, we had taken the east bank of the Valda, but the west bank has a much better road and more…

And out of Essle, again

That same evening, Rusla came back with another prisoner; a woman from Ashas. Her accomplice, a certain Vurian, also from Ashas (where the Order of the Nameless took Valdyan names when the emperor went crazy) was held by Prince Uznur. The Prince wanted to hang him in the morning, but…

Essle, Again.

The voyage took five days. I only could stand up and move around a bit when Moyri was asleep, for the rest, I held her in my arms, trying to give her stability with my mind and my body. I got puked on a lot, and Maile pitched pails full…

Sad Partings, and a fortune

The next morning, Aldan times two went down to the wharf to properly investigate the mystery ship. We knew Azireh had set his seal on the secret compartment, and therefore had invited us to be as nosy as we could be. I didn’t go, I only went down to the…