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Tales of Asterion: Road to Peridition

Early Winter Era XXV

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“Serale! Serale there!” A officious looking man called out, running after Asterion. “Yes you, the man with the big horns! I notice you are reading the notices. By any chance you are interested in helping us to escort a supply wagon out? The wagon will be leaving the city in two candlemarks, but we have not find any guards willing to protect it, especially after the recent few raids by the accursed Lamians.”

The man reached into his pack and took out piece of parchment before he continued rambling on. “If you are, please sign here and I will give you a token as proof of hire. I am sure you are not afraid of some Lamian bandits right?”

Asterion could tell the man was really desperate to get a guard for this particular shipment for some reason. He could see adventurers signing up for escort services of other transport wagons.”
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The rather heavy steps of Asterion would come to a stop as he heard the phrase 'you with the big horns', his horned head turning towards the source of the squawking and looking down upon the shorter creature that had tried to get his attention, leaning in and rumbling a little in his chest as he looked him over.
"Alright", he would answer, his deep voice having a sort of bone rumbling quality to it as he reached out for the parchment with one hand and began to fumble about within a belt pouch with his other for a stopped up bottle of ink and a rather comically small quill with his other.

A moment later once he had found something flat enough to use as a writting board, he would pass the parchment back and stow away his supplies once again, his head nodding towards the man.
"Where is the wagon?"

Once he had received an answer or was shown the way, he would start to make his way over towards the location, large warhammer in hand.
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The officious man grinned after getting the signature and directed Asterion to an area just outside the main gates, telling him to look for a green painted wagon.

At the gates, he could easily find the bright green painted covered wagon. It was parked to one side of the main road and 50 paces around the donkey drawn wagon and there were three human men sitting around it. They were wearing ordinary peasants clothing and had a sheathed short sword hanging on their belt. They were looking pretty nervous as they kept looking at the suns to determine their time.

If Asterion approached and showed the token, the trio displayed signs of relief. One of them blurted out, "Finally! I thought we are going to be setting off without a guard. Then they send us the best guard we could have. I thought the city have abandoned us for our recent failures."

The scawniest of the three and the obvious leader scowled at the speaker and said to Asterion, "Listen to Andy not sir. Our last two transports got raided by the Lamians, but we are not the only group that got raided. We were only worried that no one wish to guard us because of Steve. He has the reputation of being really smelly, but I have asked him to jump into the lake yesterday. Oh, my name is Jack."

Steve was the shortest of the three men and after being informed, Asterion could smell the strong sourish odour coming from Steve. If what Jack said was right about him bathing in the lake just yesterday, his usual smell must be horrible. Steve sat on the wagon, oblivious that he was being 'talk about.'

Andy looked up at the suns again and informed the group, "We will set off in half a candlemark time. The journey will take us three brightenings. You can still get back into town to buy anything you need, you know, like food and water."
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It was an interesting setup that they had as Asterion found the green wagon and approached, being greeted by two(three) men as if he were their savour. Which could possibly be true in the near future should an attack happen.

"I grabbed provisions on the way over.", Asterion would explain before moving to unhook a filled water skin and hold it up with one hand, before holding up a sack with his other, filled with muffins of his own creation. They'd probably do for a little bit. Plus, he could cook up the other men if they found themselves in a pinch. Walking talking backup provisions.

"I'll wait till you're ready to go.", he'd inform them, skipping over introducing himself as he walked over and took a seat near the wagon itself.
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If only they knew they might become food, they would not be so cheerful seeing the minotaur sitting behind. None of the them would be safe to a hungry minotaur, probably except for Steve after a few brightenings of walk.

"Seems like that is all for now." Jack announced when the time was up. "Let us start our journey."

The journey began in earnest. The two donkeys pulled the heavy wagon, plodding along the road to Arium. Jack was driving the wagon with Andy walking quite leisurely beside it. Steve was sitting on top of the wagon, playing a cheery country song on his fiddle. The wagon would stop for 5 minutes every candlemark for Andy to take over the driving (and Jack taking over the walking) and to water the two donkeys.

Asterion noticed that whoever was walking was holding on to a long spear which doubled as a walking stick, the driver had a crossbow beside his chair and although Steve was frequently playing away on his fiddle, he was moving around, enough, to watch for distance movements in all direction.

They were going to walk till the suns had all set, then they would make a simple camp with a small fireplace.
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As they set off Asterion started to move as well to keep pace, opting to walk instead of trying to sit his considerable bulk on top of whatever other supplies that the train was carrying. Seeing however after a few miles that the three other guards had keeping a watching for the most part in hand while they were on the move, the Minotaur would begin to shift his location and pace so that he was for the most part, in whatever shadows the wagon managed to cast as the brightening burned away. He was somewhat used to the heat in this particular part of the world, but it never hurt to take extra precautions when they were on the move. The last thing they needed was him wasting what arcane talents he had on keeping cool after all.

As they settled down to camp for the night, Asterion would go and let them know in advance that he was going to go ahead and get some rest first, not waiting for whatever food they might opt to cook up amongst themselves and instead using the hours they were still up and alert to get some shuteye for himself. And then after a few candlemarks, hopefully before they had all fallen asleep themselves, he would rise once again and begin a long watch through the night, keep an eye out over the wagon and them while munching on a few of his home cooked muffins.

With a bit of luck, things would stay quiet like this for the remainder of their journey together.
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