Assault

Outer Ward

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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. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

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

Contents: A daughter of eve wearing a blue work dress (Edana).

Haft stands on duty near the inner gatehouse.

Edana leads a heavily bundles d Kaie out into the Outer Ward as he giggles and wiggles, pulling his hand out of hers as he falls into the freshly fallen snow.

Edana, a little less bundled, goes down and starts making a ball with the snow.

Haft remains as he is, hands clasped behind his back, surveying the area.  His eyes flicker over the mother and son without much interest.

Edana throws her snowball at Kaie softly but he gets over excited and throws his snowball at her feet. She laughs and makes another, only to misfire as someone bumps her as they pass by. The ball flies towards Haft.

Haft dodges expertly, shifting his torso to one side.  His feet barely move.  “No assault without declaration of war, Madam!”

Edana gasps and puts her hand on her mouth. “I am so sorry, Sir.” She genuinely seems worried and comes over. “Any damage?” Kaie waddles after his mother, curls bouncing.

Haft shakes his head.  “I’ve taken worse.”  He eyes the boy and waggles his eyebrows over a mock-scowl.

Edana smiles. “I am sure you have.” She looks over her shoulder and waits as Kaie comes closer. “Kaie, I am afraid your mum got you in trouble again.”

Kaie puts his hands on his hips and looks up at her with disappointment.

Haft says, “Aye, there’s a penalty for attacking an officer of the crown.  The exact sentence for ‘snowball as weapon’ eludes me though.”

Edana puts her hands behind her back and smirks. “I am sure you will remember it soon and let me know.” Kaie taps his foot for a moment before running off again. Edana watches him leave for a moment and turns back to Haft. “I hope it is not against the rules to ask how you are.”

Haft asks, “I am well.  It looks to be a fine start to winter.  And yourself?”

Edana crosses her arms and nods. “I am well. I don’t really enjoy the snow but…Kaie does.” She smiles. “Any news about town?”

Haft says, “Wouldn’t know.  Don’t live in town.”

Edana ahs. “Oh…how could I.” She shrugs. “I suppose it doesn’t matter.” She bows her head. “It was…nice….talking to you.” Her eyes dart to Kaie. “Have a good day.” She moves away from him and to Kaie as he plays.

Haft looks confused.  “How could you what, madam?”

Edana looks back and gives him a small smile. “As about town…when you clearly do not live in town.” Kaie throws another snowball at her but she ignores it for a moment, watching Haft for a half second more before leaning down and making another ball to throw at her son.

Haft calls after here.  ‘”Oh that.  You had no way to know.  Some of the guard do.  My father did.

Edana glances up. “Ah…well…I never asked.”

Haft says, “No matter.  Enjoy your day.”

Edana nods, smiling and still making her snowball. “You too.”

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