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Path along the Ahvinn

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Talan walked from the depths into a more welcoming sunny space, there were soft green banks of a gently flowing river. He sat down on the green grass and the wolf sat next to him. 
“We had a lucky escape there Wolfie.” He said softly, listening to the babbling flow of water.

Hawkeye stared at the River, it felt like an old friend to the wolf. It was a daughter of the River that placed the stone about his neck.  She had been living in the guise of an old wise woman at a village.  She had contained the demon known as Shadowalian and prevented it from taking hold in Inarion.  Eventually the demon found a way and blood had ensued, darkness and blood.

He turned as he felt a hand in his thick fur and licked Talan’s arm.

”Let’s move on while we have have good light, we can follow along the river.” Talan smiled brightly.

He rose and started off with two Harpy feathers tucked in his belt.


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As Talan walked the mossy path by the Ahvinn, singing a bawdy tune, quite merrily, Hawkeye trailed behind, the wolf’s mind on other things, other people and places.  Finally he gave a huff and sat down.  His old legs were not what they used to be and he needed a drink and a sleep. 

Talan turned about and regarded his friend with concern.

”You alright there Wolfie…tired huh, I am not adverse to a rest.” He come back to where the wolf had plonked down.

He stroked the grey fur and scratched behind one ear and Hawkeye closed his good eye and his tail thumped the ground in appreciation. He then rose and padded down to the water’s edge and started to lap.  As always the water was refreshing and cool.

Talan watched him for a while and hen laid back to look up at the sky. He felt much better here out of the deeper wood.  He was concerned for Wolfie though, he wasn’t a young wolf by the looks of him and perhaps fighting those evil bird women had taken it out of him a bit.


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Dusk was creeping in and his furry companion had not woken.  Talan had decided not to shake him awake or disturb him, it was safe enough by the river.  It was an odd feeling, he almost felt the wolf slept because the river was a safe place.  He went down the bank and refreshed himself and drank some of the clear water.  His stomach rumbled and he looked about for something to eat. Not far from the bank were some blackberry bushes and the fruit was ripe and plump on the prickly stems.  He grinned and picked a good few handfuls and set about eating his feel.  They were tart and delicious, best berries he had ever tasted.

Just as the stars started to make an appearance, the wolf opened his good eye and stretched.  He tilted his head at the two legs gorging on berries and walked down the banks, patiently he waited a few moments and then his paw darted in and hooked a fat fish.  He trotted up the bank and dropped it down beside the two legs and started to gnaw on his own dinner….it was peaceful and he knew somewhere Deradith knew he was close.


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Hawkeye woke first and stretched, the blue jewel tapping against his chest.  He yawned and padded to the River and took a brief drink and the went back to the two legs and barked at him.  Talan tumbled awake to see the wolf with his tongue lolling out of the side of his mouth as it laughing.

"Not funny!" Scowled Talan as he reached over to get his remaining stash of berries.

He took them to the water's edge and washed them and then cupped his hands and took a long deep drink.  The water was cold, he felt it flow down his throat and he marveled at how refreshing it was.  He nibbled at the plump blackberries and looked back up at the wolf who seemed to want to move on.  He went back up the grassy bank and collected his feathers and started down the river path after Wolfie.  The animal seemed content to stick close to the River almost as if it were an old trusted friend.  Talan glanced at the water, smiling to see the sun sparkles on the water.

Round Hawkeye's neck the Tear of The Ahvinn sparkled with its own light as if being back close to its source bought it to life somehow.


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The Jackdaw 🦅 

One advantage to staying near the river was the greater amount of light, but also the greener growth and the availability of fodder. 

Alighting on a branch, the largish black and white spotted Bird turned a black eye on the human and his dog frolicking in the weeds. He turned his head this way and that, half-convinced they were thieves come to raid his stash of ‘treasure’, the most valuable thing in it being the silver piece pilfered from the riverside.

He watched them carefully, miserly. He kept counting them, “One, Two…” and finally settled on there being a total of four of them down below.  The pair in their play seemed oblivious to the danger in this place.

Was the Walker really so careless?  He had felt Him in the air under his wings, and his tasted His return in the water.

He vaguely recalled Him being taller…

Softly, he muttered to himself while observing. 

Duilliath Suilleach Seanake, Fool and the Traveler Who Lost a Kingdom


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Talan grinned as they walked along, somewhere a bird was chattering away and Hawkeye glanced up to see a Jackdaw in the branches, hopping in agitation.  He narrowed his good eye and growled to himself.

The boy seemed oblivious to everything, like a newborn cub, tumbling and playing in the sun.  Hawkeye dropped back and sniffed the ground, something was abroad…but he was not quite sure. Familiar yet not.

He trotted along to catch the two legs up, they would stay by the Ahvinn for now, Old Woman’s village was not far.  He would take the boy there.


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The Jackdaw 

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The bird watched as the two moved on, eventually following the little path.  The Jackdaw espied the glinting jewel and avarice bloomed in his little heart.

”Oh… quork that’s a loverly bit of a bauble…” He was overcome with desire for it and he began to plan as to how he could take it away.

He almost missed the one eyed goblin that stalked along after the two.  Why… that little thief would steal his treasure! The Jackdaw began to squawk excitedly, and abandoning his perch he flew down at the one-eyed goblin… “Foes, thieves!” He blurted out as he fluttered at the short humanoid.

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Both Talan and Hawkeye whipped round at the noise, the wolf snarling and bristling.  The Jackdaw obviously up to no good and the goblin following them definitely not.  The Tear glowed fiercely, the cord matted into Hawkeye’s fur was strong and immovable. The waters of the River seemed more turbulent than before, the lazy move of the currents much fiercer now.

Talan called out to the now unconcealed follower.

”Ho there fella, you’d best leave us be, my friend here seems most upset by you.”

Hawkeye also barked a warning at the crazy bird. Jackdaws are well known in these parts for their thievery.  Hawkeye had protected the Tear many a time against the  thieving pests!


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The Goblin reached up, swatting the bird away, the entire spectacle taking just long enough for a second goblin to toss a shin bone to land on the ground.

The goblins croaked something at them **The message is Delivered!** and both and vanished into the undergrowth.

The hint of a dark opening, not much bigger around than the goblin, was seen in the undergrowth. Harsh and receding laughter and speech were heard from beneath them.

The ground here, as it proved, was full of holes.

Duilliath Suilleach Seanake, Fool and the Traveler Who Lost a Kingdom


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Talan looked to Hawkeye, who was no longer growling, but his head turned in the direction of the receding laughter.

”What was that all about Wolfie, lobbing some old bone at us.”

Hawkeye turned and stalked off down the path.

Quicker they got to Straith the better.


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The Jackdaw 

The crow set down on the ground, hopping toward the bone and poking at it with its beak.  Scrawled over it were fine tracings of lines inset into the shin, his dark and clever eye lit upon one of the tiny silver disks set in the bone.  Here was a worthy prize… and now that the wolf was gone… it was all his.

He tapped along the edges, not recognizing the dark sorcery that the elf shinbone portended.

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(OOC Talan and Hawkeye to The Village of Straith)


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The Jackdaw 

 

The crow worried at the shin, eventually working a silver and gold seal from it.  As he held it in his beak, he was unaware of the leakage of magic from the artifact.  

The elvish skeletal remnant was a thing of power, and it beckoned dark things to it.  For his part, the Jackdaw took off, spiriting his prize away.

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OOC: The Jackdaw to the Ruins of Straith

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((OOC: The Jackdaw, flying overhead from The Ruined Village of Straith))

 

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