Chapter 21:

First Adventuring Week Part 1

Tales Of The Chosen "Heroes"

Year 5026, Pryin’s Era Year: 236 Month: 03 Day: 20thBookmark here

Shawn Lee was pissed. That was the best way to describe his current mood. He was pissed at the fact that he was now an adventurer, pissed at the fact that he took a quest, pissed that he was now in the woods and pissed that his target was standing before him.Bookmark here

In front of him stood a tiny raven like humanoid and before the two of them, were a mountain of junk. Well, junk to Shawn, but apparently a bunch of minorly valuable things to a load of people, and this raven person.Bookmark here

It had been seven whole days since Shawn became an adventurer, and this was his fourth job already and he’s already done with it. He’s had to carry crates of supplies across town, he’s had to travel to different villages to deliver fruit, he had to find a runaway tropical bird. Now, he had to catch and detain some weird thief who’s been stealing shiny objects across the area.Bookmark here

Shawn tracked the thief into the forest and found them at a small hill overlooking a pond. It turns out the thief was this small raven humanoid. What do you call one of these things again? A Mynah-Folk? Shawn recalled.Bookmark here

Mynah-Folks tended to be kleptomaniacs for anything shiny. Bookmark here

“Alright, handover the… goods that you’ve stolen.” Shawn said to the raven like Mynah-Folk, pausing as he tried to figure out what the pile of scrap even was. He saw silverware, cheap looking jewelry, random buttons, and various other junk.Bookmark here

“Hand? No, no no. Mine.” The Mynah-Folk said skittishly.Bookmark here

“No, it’s not.” Shawn sigh with a tired sigh. “You stole it.”Bookmark here

“No, no I did not! It was, it was- mine!” The Mynah-Folk quickly replied.Bookmark here

“Alright, if it was yours then why did I watch you break into someone’s home and steal a bag of the stuff?” He questioned.Bookmark here

“UH- ah- Mine! No touch.” The Mynah-Folk yelled out quickly wrapping its body around the pile of stolen metal.Bookmark here

Shawn gave out another sigh and pulled out his sword and pointed it at the Mynah-Folk.Bookmark here

“I’m not here to play.” He warned the Mynah-Folk. Immediately Shawn could see the Mynah-Folk cower away.Bookmark here

“Fine! Fine! You take! I leave!” The Mynah-Folk yelped.Bookmark here

“Oh no you don’t.” Shawn moved blocking the Mynah-Folk’s escape path. “You’re coming with me.”Bookmark here

“No, no!”Bookmark here

“Yes, yes.” Shawn replied deadpan.Bookmark here

The Mynah-Folk was cornered by Shawn at the edge of the hill, began to look around frantically, before turning to face Shawn directly.Bookmark here

“Never surrender!” It screamed and turned around and leapt into the air, across the pond.Bookmark here

“Damn it!” Shawn spat as he watched the Mynah-Folk leap into the air and flap its wings as it moved over the pond.Bookmark here

Then Shawn watched as the Mynah-Folk fell straight down into the pond with a loud splash, still flapping its wings. Shawn recalled that most Mynah-Folk actually couldn’t fly. Bookmark here

“Huh.” Shawn said as he walked over to peer down at the pond.Bookmark here

There he saw a panicking Mynah-Folk desperately flapping around in the pond.Bookmark here

“Help! I can’t swim!” The Mynah-Folk screamed. Evidently, some couldn’t swim either.Bookmark here

“You’ve got to be kidding.” Shawm groaned.Bookmark here

Shawn then saw the Mynah-Folk sink into the pond, bubbles rising up to the surface.Bookmark here

Shawn gave another very annoyed groan, dropped his bag, and jumped into the pool.Bookmark here

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Reason Lorcan stood in line in front of the receptionist desk, he watched as the adventurer in front finished their report and Reason approached the desk.Bookmark here

Maxine, the blonde receptionist greeted him.Bookmark here

“Hello, how can I help you today?” She said sweetly, giving him a kind smile.Bookmark here

“I’m here to collect my reward.” He said pulling out a folded piece of parchment and handing it over to her.Bookmark here

Unfolding the paper, she quickly read the contents, “Ah, a rat hunting quest, yes?”Bookmark here

“Yes.”Bookmark here

“Please describe the details of your quest.” Maxine asked politely as she prepared to write on a piece of paper.Bookmark here

Reason began to recall the events of his quest; he had entered one of the water tunnels that for some reason had recently been infested by rats. The quest was simple, dispose of the rats so they do not infect the water.Bookmark here

However, what Reason wasn’t prepared for was the fact that half the rats were the size of literal dogs. Reason was extremely thankful that he had bought a new set of leather armour and antidotes. Otherwise, who knows what Reason could have caught from those giant rotting teeth.Bookmark here

Once finished writing down Reason’s report, Maxine to be contemplating something.Bookmark here

“Is something wrong?” Reason asked in concern.Bookmark here

“Oh, nothing, it’s just recently the sewers and aqueducts related quests have been coming in lot a more often. It just means more opportunities for you.” She said with an assuring smile.Bookmark here

“Right.” Reason said simply, nodding his reply.Bookmark here

Maxine then pulled out from a drawer a small pouch of coins, it jangled as she moved it around. From there she pulled out a several shiny silver coins, she then began to stack the coins up. After reaching a certain height, she pushed the stack towards Reason.Bookmark here

“Your reward of twenty silver dollars.” She said.Bookmark here

“Thank you.” Reason said as he messily scooped the money into his bag.Bookmark here

Leaving the reception desk Reason then began to wander around the guild, trying to figure out what to do. He had finished the rat quest before dawn and rested all morning, so he had plenty of energy left.Bookmark here

Maybe I should try another quest. He thought.Bookmark here

His thoughts were then interrupted when he bumped into a large man with slicked back hair and a goatee.Bookmark here

“Sorry their buddy.” The man with goatee apologized with a bellowing voice.Bookmark here

“No, no, it was my fault. I was lost in thought. Sorry.” Reason quickly apologised.Bookmark here

“Hah, what were you thinking about?” The man asked kindly.Bookmark here

“Oh, just wondering if I should take a quest.”Bookmark here

“Wanting to work is good.” The man commended him.Bookmark here

“Uh, thanks.” Reason said appreciating the compliment. Looking at the large man, Reason noticed how he was quite a few years his senior.Bookmark here

“Oh, uh, sorry. But do you have any advice for this.” Reason asked sheepishly. Bookmark here

The man looked at him with confusion for a moment before realizing something.Bookmark here

“Oh, sorry no, I’m not an adventurer. I’m here waiting for someone.” The man explained.Bookmark here

“Oh, sorry.” Reason apologised again.Bookmark here

“It’s fine. Call me Oskar.” The man said extending a hand to Reason.Bookmark here

Reason accepted, having his hand be engulfed by a bear paw as Oskar gave him a firm handshake.Bookmark here

“Reason Lorcan sir.” Reason quickly replied.Bookmark here

“It’s good to meet you. Now I may not be an adventurer, but I have been around the block for a while, I could give some advice if you would allow me?” Oskar asked politely.Bookmark here

“Of course.”Bookmark here

“Adventurer’s usually have teams and groups correct?”Bookmark here

“Yes.”Bookmark here

“Do you have one.”Bookmark here

“Uh… no, not right now.”Bookmark here

“No matter, you’ll join one soon, I’m sure of it.” Oskar said giving Reason a reassuring pat on the shoulder.Bookmark here

Reason gave a smile of appreciation as he rubbed his shoulder.Bookmark here

“Remember.” Oskar told him seriously. Bookmark here

“When you do get yourself a team, always make sure that you trust them. Make sure to be there when they need you and make sure to lead and take responsibility when you need to.” Oskar lectured.Bookmark here

Reason nodded taking the words to heart.Bookmark here

“Thank you for the advice.” Reason said gratefully.Bookmark here

“Don’t mention it, you remind me a lot of someone I already know. About the same age as you.” Oskar said with a smile.Bookmark here

“I do?”Bookmark here

“Yes…” Oskar’s voice trailed of as he caught a glimpse of something behind Reason, “In fact he just came in.”Bookmark here

Reason turned around and saw a new person enter the guild. Reason vaguely recognized him; he had bumped into him after taking his first reward.Bookmark here

Reason saw the man who had recently entering the room to be extremely unhappy.Bookmark here

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Shawn entered the Adventurer’s Guild still dripping wet, hair and clothes soaked through. A trail of water dripped behind him as he moved across the room. His appearance made quite him quite the interesting sight. However, any and all cursory glances towards him were quickly turned away as Shawn gave his best death glare towards them.Bookmark here

Shawn’s mood had somehow turned even more sour than it was this morning. He had to jump in after that stupid bird and drag him out of the water. Then he had to hull an entire pile of junk and the dumb waterlogged bird back to the city gate. Then he after having the burden handed of to the guards, he was told that he had to go back to the guild to collect his reward.Bookmark here

Now he was here, feeling soggy and angry he stomped his way towards the front of the desk. There he was greeted by Maxine the receptionist, who was currently looking at the dripping wet adventurer with an eyebrow raised.Bookmark here

“Gone for a swim I see.” She said eyes showing a hint of amusement.Bookmark here

Shawn stared at her in silence. Not saying a word slowly pulled out a dry form of paper that was given to him by the guards.Bookmark here

“Quest completed.” He said through clenched teeth.Bookmark here

The corner of Maxine’s lips threatened to curl up into a smile as she accepted the form and read through it. Satisfied she wrote something down and looked back up.Bookmark here

“Let me get you your reward.” She said cheerfully.Bookmark here

She then left, leaving Shawn standing there with water dripping of him and onto the carpet floor. A moment later she returned and held out to him a small pouch of coins.Bookmark here

“You know, you should really try swimming without all your gear on you, Shawn.” She teased.Bookmark here

Shawn said nothing as he snatched the pouch and stomped towards another room in search for Oskar. He quickly spotted him standing to next some kid, looking annoyingly bemused.Bookmark here

Shawn stomped towards him.Bookmark here

“I’m here, what do you want?” He asked irritated.Bookmark here

“I’ve arranged a meeting. Follow me, though dry yourself off.” Oskar said to him with a chuckle. Shawn bristled in response.Bookmark here

Before Oskar turned to leave, he spoke to the other person, “I’m off. You’ll be fine Mr. Lorcan.”Bookmark here

“Uh, thanks.” The person replied.Bookmark here

Shawn simply to annoyed to care about what Oskar was doing beforehand and just moved behind Oskar and followed over to the next room.Bookmark here

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