Fionna

In which Haft pushes a cart

Andale Crossroad

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You stand at a busy crossroad outside Andale. The main road curves up from the forest to the southwest, heading into the town to the east. A less-traveled road winds up into the mountains to the west, and a smaller track descends into a canyon to the north.

South of the crossroads is heavily forested, the main path disappearing into the trees to the southwest. At the southeast corner of the crossroads stands a tall walnut tree.

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You can go: Graveyard <N>, Andale <E>, South to the Arena <S>, Archenland Forest <SW>, Mountain Path <W>

Haft walks slowly from the southwest.

Fionna limps down the path from the castle, pushing a cart with her wears in it.

Haft starts heading northward, then catches sight of Fionna with her cart.  “Need any help there, old mother?”

Fionna glances up, at the question. She glances at Haft’s face with a searching (and somewhat fierce)look, before softening some apparently satisfied with what she saw. “Thank ye, Lad. I’d appreciate it.”

Haft strides over and takes the handles of the cart.  “Where are you headed?”

Fionna says, “Just to the settlement, if you please.”

Fionna says, “Just to the settlement if you please. Tis been a long day and me feet have long been tired.”

Haft walks up the road to the east, toward Andale.

Andale

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You stand in the heart of Andale where most of the folk who support Anvard live. Young children play here on nice days, skipping rope, or shooting marbles, and older ones can be seen reading scrolls. Adults hurry through on their way from home to where their business takes them. A well with a stone wall sits on the western edge of the road.

The road here widens and splits to run toward the shops to the east, North Andale to the north and the Crossroad to the south. Short paths lead to the two settlements here; Het Noorden to the northwest, and Zuiden to the southeast.

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You can go: Het Noorden <NW>, North Andale <N>, East Andale <E>, Andale Crossroad <W>, Zuiden <SE>

Contents: Andale Well.

Fionna comes walking up the road from the crossroad.

Haft glances at the cart.  “So, what’s your trade, madam?”

Fionna says, “Weavin’ and the like. ‘Cept when tis cold like has been and me hands and all get seized up.””

Haft looks at the wares.  “Fine work.  Family trade?”

Fionna nods, “Indeed. I helped and assisted my Alfie, when he was here…. Now tis only me and me daughter and her children…

Haft nods.  “Family’s important.  Good to have someone to pick up the trade, specially when those joints start acting up.”

Fionna laughs. “”My daughter? She cares little for the weaving trade. She has her husband and his trade to look after and young rascals too.” Still she smiles fondly at her mention of her daughter’s children.

Fionna says, “Ye be the guard, Haft, ain’t ye?””

Haft stops pushing the cart, setting it down and turning to Fionna with a small frown.  “Aye?”

Fionna merely nods.

Fionna says, “Thank ye for your service,” she nods to the cart.

Haft straightens.  “Did you require something of the guard, madam?”

Fionna says, “Nay. Nay, Son. I only wished to know what name to thank.”

Haft says, “I see.  Well, Zuiden or Het Noorden?  I’ll take you the rest of the way.”

Fionna says, “Het Noorden, Thank ye.””

Haft nods, turning to push the cart in the direction of the settlement.

Het Noorden

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You stand inside a circle of cottages, mostly in good repair, with thatched roofs and solid looking, white-washed walls. Each one has a tidy path leading to the front door, and a small garden at the rear. In the center of the circle is a firepit, used by all in the community. In this settlement live many of the citizens of Andale, serving the needs of King and Castle.

A path to the southeast leads out to Andale, and is well traveled by those on their way to and from the well, or the castle, or the shops.

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You can go: Andale <SE>, Aren <1>, Fionna <2>, Aileen <3>, Eston <9>

Contents: OOC Sign.

Fionna comes walking down the path toward the Het Noorden settlement.

Fionna arrives in the settlement following Haft. She goes to her own door to her cottage unlocking it, turning to return she says “Ye haven’t seen any of those Calormenes about lately have ye?”

Haft sets down the handles of the cart. “Calormenes, madam?  Not too many around since the battle, apart from the official embassy.”

Fionna replies at Haft’s mention of not too  many since the battle.  She replies, “All the better. All the better, we don’t need them kind around here.”

Fionna returns for the cart, musing “Say eh. embassy, is there?”

Haft makes a face, but neither agrees nor disagrees with her statement.  “Yes, an embassy from Calormen.”

Haft nods.  “Evening ma’am.”  He turns and heads off.

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