Chapter 22:

First Adventuring Week Part 2

Tales Of The Chosen "Heroes"

Reason watched as the other two moved away from him, his attention was then attracted towards a conversation at the reception desk.Bookmark here

It was the gray-haired half-elf Angeline talking to Maxine rather frantically.Bookmark here

“Where are they?” Angeline said panicked.Bookmark here

“Who?” Maxine asked confused.Bookmark here

“Those adventurers that wanted to take that goblin quest!” Angeline exclaimed.Bookmark here

“Keep your voice down.” Maxine cautioned before whispering, “Another receptionist gave it to them.”Bookmark here

Lowering her voice Angeline said, “They are not ready for this! That nest is huge!” Her voice still filled with worry.Bookmark here

Maxine gave a small sigh and raised her hand, gesturing for Angeline to settle down, “Look they’re adventurers they take jobs, they fight. The goblin quest is a level one quest.”Bookmark here

“What if its to much? There was only three of them, it was recommended to have a four-person party participate!”Bookmark here

“Then they might be dead, or, worse” Maxine admitted.Bookmark here

“We have to bring them back!” Angeline panicked.Bookmark here

“How? They left ninety minutes ago.”Bookmark here

“Ninety minutes!” She said in disbelief. “Can we send someone?”Bookmark here

“Who? The only people available would be an adventurer and all the people available are either way to high level or already finished a quest.” Maxine challenged.Bookmark here

“Well…” Angeline voice trailed off, looking ever more frantic.Bookmark here

“Calm down.” Maxine told her. “Breath.”Bookmark here

Angeline took a deep breath. Bookmark here

“Look, I know it’s bad, but they are adventurers, it’s their job. The have to get experience somehow, even if it means that their lives are at risk. Don’t forget if nobody accepts these sorts of quests then the village is doomed.” Maxine calmly lectured her.Bookmark here

“Why can’t an experienced adventurer accept?”Bookmark here

“Because it doesn’t pay well, nor does it give much experience. For a veteran it may be relatively easy but time consuming and unpleasant, so why would they spend their time on this with all their expensive equipment when they can take a higher paying job that takes less time?” Maxine explained.Bookmark here

“Then... what should we do?” Angeline asked defeated.Bookmark here

“We do our job, hope they succeed and who knows, someone might also accept this quest.” Maxine said trying to comfort her.Bookmark here

“Alight, then who’s going to take the quest?” Angeline asked.Bookmark here

“I’ll do it.” Reason interrupted. Bookmark here

Both receptionists looked at him in surprise, completely unaware of his presence.Bookmark here

“How long have you been here?” Angeline asked.Bookmark here

“Long enough to know what the job is, I’ll take it.” Reason replied.Bookmark here

“Are you sure?” Angeline asked in concern. “You’re still a newbie.”Bookmark here

“I’m sure. I can do this. Besides no one else available right now.” Reason argued.Bookmark here

Angeline looked to Maxine for advice, Maxine seemed to think.Bookmark here

“Well, you did handle that weird wolf quite well. But you just came back from a quest.” Maxine said, trying to access Reason.Bookmark here

“I’m plenty rested.” Reason said confidently, as Maxine continued study him in silence.Bookmark here

“The longer it takes for someone to join them, the further away they will be.” Reason pushed.Bookmark here

“Maxine, we should allow him.” Angeline said.Bookmark here

“Well, as long as you allow it, I can’t say no.” Maxine said, she opened up a drawer and pulled out a small sheet of paper.Bookmark here

“This is the basic information of the quest.” She said passing the paper to him, “Do you accept?”Bookmark here

“Yes!” He exclaimed.Bookmark here

“Alright then, we wish you luck.” Maxine said with a kind smile. Angeline quickly gave a bow of thanks and Reason headed out of the door, going after the group of adventurers.Bookmark here

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After Shawn had dried himself of a bit, he and Oskar entered a private room in the guild, inside sat Charron and Blake. Along with a massive looking adventurer wearing full plate armour, save for a helmet.Bookmark here

“What’s with the special location?” Shawn asked, “And who’s the giant?”Bookmark here

“Heh, nice to meet you little boy.” The large adventurer greeted with a crooked grin. As he smiled, Shawn noticed the man had a chipped tooth, a fake silver tooth and one of his front teeth were bent. That joined with a cauliflower ear and a scar on his forehead clearly showed that this man’s seen some action.Bookmark here

“This fine gentleman here is Aiden Ramsay. He is a like minded individual that I met, he has decided to help us. Mr. Ramsay, this is Shawn Lee.” Oskar introduced the two.Bookmark here

The two of them gave each other a small nod of acknowledgement. Shawn then asked Oskar, “So what is this meeting about.”Bookmark here

“For you to know about your special commission of course!” Oskar exclaimed.Bookmark here

Shawn with narrowed eyes asked, “What commission?”Bookmark here

“Well, after the whole fiasco with those chaos worshippers I did a bit talking and it turns out that you did quite a bit.” Oskar said.Bookmark here

“Did I now?” Shawn said dryly.Bookmark here

“Why yes, dealing with the warlock, saving a guard. There were quite a few things to commend you for.” Oskar continued to praise.Bookmark here

“Okay, where is this leading?” Shawn demanded.Bookmark here

“Well, it allowed me to get to talking with a Captain Monroe of the Esterwood. I managed to convince him into allowing us to have access for some more specialized jobs.” Oskar said.Bookmark here

“And that means what exactly?”Bookmark here

“It means that there’s job tonight being offered.” The massive adventure, Aiden spoke out.Bookmark here

“Yes, exactly.” Oskar said nodding. “Captain Monroe offered a job to clear out a group of vicious smugglers tonight.”Bookmark here

“Does this relate to adventuring or does this count as volunteer work?” Shawn asked.Bookmark here

“A little bit of both actually, the guild has sanctioned you and Ramsay to assist, while additional awards will be dolled out to the rest of us.” Oskar said, “This will be good experience for you.”Bookmark here

“Unless you don’t feel up for it.” Blake joked.Bookmark here

“I should be asking you that. How’s your leg?” Shawn shot back.Bookmark here

“Good as new. That paladin knew what she’s doing.” Blake said with a smile, “So you in?” He pressed.Bookmark here

“Sure, when do we head out?” Shawn said with a shrug.Bookmark here

“The mission begins at sundown, but we leave to meet the soldier boys now.” Aiden said. Aiden then rose from his seat and walked past everyone and out of the door. Bookmark here

Shawn noticed as Aiden walked past him that the top of his head only reached Aiden’s shoulders. Shawn wasn’t sure if that said more about how tall Aiden was or how short Shawn was.Bookmark here

“Wouldn’t want to keep our Captain waiting.” He said as he left the room.Bookmark here

Once Shawn was sure he was out of earshot he looked over to Oskar.Bookmark here

“So, you trust this guy?” Shawn asked unconvinced.Bookmark here

“What you don’t?” Oskar replied with a small laugh.Bookmark here

“I’m with Shawn on this. There’s something about him that I don’t trust.” Charron added. Bookmark here

“I’ll admit he isn’t the most trustworthy character, but neither are any of us.” Oskar joked before becoming more serious, “Right now he’s useful, when he stops being useful, we’ll leave him. If he screws with us, we leave him. We keep our eyes on him.”Bookmark here

The three others nodded their heads in agreement.Bookmark here

“Now, let’s get moving.” Oskar said as the other three followed him out of the door.Bookmark here

As they moved out of the main hall and into the main room Shawn was following at the end of the group and heard a voice call out.Bookmark here

“Hey, Shawn!”Bookmark here

Turning around Shawn saw Maxine calling out to him.Bookmark here

“What?” He asked, “I sort have thing right now.”Bookmark here

“Just get over here.” She demanded.Bookmark here

With a roll of his eyes, he walked over to the counter.Bookmark here

“How can I help you. Make it quick cause I’ve got things to do.” He said annoyed.Bookmark here

“Yeah, I know. I signed the commission.” She snapped back, “You’re working with Aiden Ramsay?”Bookmark here

“The big guy with the dumb face? Yes.” Shawn replied, giving a quick glance back to make sure that he didn’t overhear. Thankfully Aiden seemed to have left the building already.Bookmark here

“Is this going to be a one-time thing?” She asked.Bookmark here

“Not sure, probably not.” Shawn said with a shrug.Bookmark here

“Then I recommend against it.” She warned.Bookmark here

“Why is that?”Bookmark here

“You’re new so you probably don’t know, but that guy is bad news. He’s been around long enough to reach level five. But through a lot of bad behavior, he’s been stuck at level three. And that’s only from stuff that he’s been caught by.” She whispered urgently.Bookmark here

“What do you mean by that?”Bookmark here

“Well.” She paused, “There are rumors of what he’s done.”Bookmark here

“You believe in rumors?” Shawn questioned.Bookmark here

“Look, I know some rumors are absolute bullshit, but some of merit.” She shot back.Bookmark here

“Don’t worry, I think I can deal with him.” Shawn assured.Bookmark here

“Shawn, you’re far more capable than the usual rookie that comes around. But that’s still a guy at a level five skill level.” Maxine said admittedly, before pointing a sharp finger at him, “Don’t think that I don’t know that your friends aren’t exactly upstanding citizens. If you do work well with Ramsay, then your career will suffer.” She warned him once more.Bookmark here

The two then locked eyes for a moment, what Maxine said may have been a warning for Shawn to behave. However, Shawn new it was also advice for him from a veteran of the adventurer’s guild that came out of concern.Bookmark here

Shawn gave Maxine a confident grin and said, “Don’t worry, I’ll keep myself in line. And if I don’t, I’ll make sure you won’t find out.”Bookmark here

Maxine crossed her arms still unimpressed, “Just watch yourself. Especially with anything involving Ramsay.”Bookmark here

“I’ll do my best to break a leg.” Shawn assured as he turned around.Bookmark here

“For your sake I hope it won’t be yours.” Maxine said, cracking a small smile as Shawn’s back was turned.Bookmark here

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