4th Rebirth, 56 FE
Vashti, GuUshal, and Leila meet up with Valka on the docks of Eltazar city during the sunrise hour. They load the cab (Valka being silent) and depart. GuUshal asks about the expected travel time, and Valka informs him (silently, by gesturing) that it takes three days. After the end of the sunrise hour, Vashti asks Valka about her silence periods, and she explains that she’s a follower of Zendora. On their way through the city, Valka offers them freshly baked bread, which they all graciously accept. To the question of whether they have any last minute errands, they all decline.
Before leaving the city, they are stopped by a city guard patrol. The captain inquires about their business at this early hour. He acts highly suspicious towards GuUshal, but accepts GuUshal’s claim that they are leaving the city. The guard lets them off with a warning not to make trouble.
Leaving the city, the scenery changes to rolling fields and less maintained roads. During their travel, a lot of talk is going on. GuUshal demonstrates and explains what Warball is about. Leila tells of the Spear Tournaments back in Izan. Vashti explains to Valka that it is not the same as Ring Jousting. Leila also talks about her passion for old art and poetry, specifically mentioning Arvad Theodore, a renowned poet.
They are interrupted in their talks by someone yelling nearby. Then they notice ShivvSha approach, carrying a bag in her claws. She drops the bag and lands on GuUshal’s shoulder, and then a complaining peasant comes running. He claims that the bird took the bag from him. He explains that the bird flew off with his bag full of food when he threw it out of the barn to the ground. GuUshal argues that ShivvSha thus did not actually steal the bag. The peasant then concedes and gets his bag back and leaves.
The party stops for lunch at a little grove around a pond. There’s a swan in the pond, but it leaves in panic as soon as they get near. Shortly thereafter, they continue their journey. The talk returns to the poetry that Leila likes so much, and what it is in it that appeals to her. She says that it is beautiful, and Vashti doesn’t get it. GuUshal explains that beauty depends on the one to perceive it, and demonstrates a sound that he finds beautiful: the call of a Vimiri Eagle.
At this point, they are approached by a peasant traveling on foot in the opposite direction. He looks intently at Leila, and asks if she isn’t that famous singer. Leila informs the man that it is not the case (with a sigh to go along). Upon getting this answer, the man yells “Alright boys, get them!”, and three more armed people appear from the bushes around the road. One equipped with throwing spears, one with axe and shield, one with daggers aplenty, and the peasant with a staff.
A short fight ensues, ending with one of the brigands, the spear thrower, dead (actually quite a bloody mess), another one escaping (the knife thrower), and the remaining two wounded and staying in place. Valka sends a messaging bird calling for a patrol, and the group decides to remain there until someone comes to take over the criminals.
When questioned about why they attacked (and who hired them), they explain that they were paid well for the job by the man with the black hood and the blindfold, specifically on dock number 4 in Eltazar city, one midnight some time ago. They were told to capture the one that looks like the famous singer with the long golden hair.