Very Small Talk

In which conversation is awkward and stunted

Outer Ward



You stand in the busy outer ward of Castle Anvard, full of people seeing to the needs of king and kingdom. There are market stalls along the outer wall, bustling with merchants and shoppers. Grooms work in the stables, tending to the horses there, and you hear the occasional bark of a dog from the kennels. The sounds of hammer hitting iron rings out from the blacksmith shop. There are stairs leading to the gate towers on the northern and southern corners of the outer curtain. To the east is the outer gatehouse, and the road leading into the realm of Archenland, and to the west another gate, leading to the inner gatehouse, the inner ward, and the main keep of Anvard. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


You can go: Kennels <N>, Northern Market <NE>, Outer Gatehouse <E>, Southern Market <SE>, Stables <S>, Blacksmith <SW>, Inner Gatehouse <W>, South Stair <US>, North Stair <UN>

Haft leans against the wall beside the Blacksmith’s shop, lost in thought.

Dalia comes walking in through the gate into the outer ward.

Haft doesn’t notice her.

Dalia doesn’t see Haft until she’s close to entering the inner ward, “Master Haft”

Haft’s eyes refocus, and he looks over.  “Yes, Dalia, did you need something?”

Dalia says, “I…I just wondered…how… If your trip with Megren, was pleasant. I wasn’t aware you had returned.””

Haft nods.  “Very pleasant, thank you.”

Dalia nods, nervously shifting her feet. “And…you are well…?”

Haft blinks at her slowly.  “Been a long week.  You?”

Dalia nods silently, not saying anything at first, “I’ve been well.”

“Well.  That’s good.  And, uh, thank you for inquiring,” he says, turning his gaze in another direction.

Dalia says, “Yes…” she glances around the ward saying nothing for a moment just occasionally shifting awkwardly…

Haft looks back at her.  “Have you something to say?”

Dalia shakes her head, “I…I should probably go check on milady.”

Haft looks slightly puzzled.  “Well…have a pleasant day.”

Dalia nods, “You As well.”

Haft nods and returns to gazing into the distance.

Dalia enters the Inner Ward.


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