Chapter Ten Alexander
Alexander,”truly delicious….red….golden…green….they are all just wonderful. What do you call these things again.” Alexander says as he crunches down five apples at a time as the merchant shivering with fear over the pure size of this man eating his inventory.
Merchant, “A-A–App….les….Apples sir.” The merchant stammers staring up at Alexander in somewhat horror. Pondering that if the giant wanted too Alexander could possibly eat fat turkey in one bite.
Alexander having finished the last one on the stands,” Do you have any more I would like to take some to my friends, I am sure they would find these just as delicious as I have.
Merchant,”No….sorry…..that will be 200gp…….”
Alexander looks down at the normal sized merchant,” 200 Gold pieces? what are those?
Merchant,” Coins made of gold with the markings of the Gods on them. ”
Alexander pondering a moment,” how does one find these coins?”
Merchant,”By trading or working to earn them.”
Alexander trying to find out the purpose for these coins and how they effect the common people. ” Now where does one work to ‘earn’ these coins you speak of and what kind of work?”
Merchant realizes he is not going to get paid but has a thought.” Tell you what if you help me harvest my crops you will not owe me anything, and I will pay you 50 gold coins for your help?”
Alexander,” Sure thing sounds good……have you ever heard of the Immortals?
The merchant goes to leave from behind his stall thinking that this massive man would allow him to bring back a week worth of supplies for the store in a day
Merchant,” Can’t say I have, my name Tiptin by the say stranger.”
Alexander,” Well Tiptin I am Alexander, and the immortals came to release you and all man kind from worshiping the Gods. They shall save you all from the reign of sacrifice and games the Gods force you to participate in. ”
Tiptin leads them down a stone path way to a a rather large grove and orchard listening to Alexander explain, about what the Immortals want for the realms.
Alexander, ” The immortals want to free every race from the judgement of the Gods, and place in to power where every race will have its place to live out its days in peace, to do as they like.”
Tiptin,” You do realize all races are not kind to other races just because of their nature correct? That not all of us mortals have issues with the God’s and in fact some of the Gods take very good care of certain races and folks.”
Alexander,” yes they may but do they take care off all the races?”
Tiptin,” Well no, some are not worth helping nor protecting.”
Alexander,” That’s not true at all every race has their right to live in peace and harmony with the others”
Tiptin,” Not all races want to do this, For instance the Darklings spend their day eating the flesh and souls of man, dwarf, gnome, elf and all the others. Raping and pillaging farmers wives, merchants and anything they can get a hold of. They are cruel evil beasts who no remorse or kindness to them.”
Alexander,”Have you ever met them? Sat down and actually tried to talk to them or whenever one comes by do you fall on those ideals and threaten them first, or try to kill them. Did you ever once consider they only act that way because others treat them poorly. Perhaps it was only because the Gods proclaimed they were these things so they became them. Surely you cant believe that all of them are unjust now.”
Tiptin,” You sir are without a doubt the more ignorant man I have ever met or the most confused. Darklings, vampires, Devils, soul eaters, ext don’t give a damn about life, cause they must destroy it to continue their unnatural lives. ”
Alexander,”then they must respect life more than any others for without it they would also parish. Yes they may have to eat off the living but it doesn’t mean they want to or will kill to do it. ”
Tiptin,” and then do anyway. This is my farm you can start by shaking down some more apples from the trees. ” Tiptin points to the orchard once they arrive at the main gate of his property. Rather glad to have a break from the loaf of a man that could easily kill him in one fell swoop. Tiptin continues on the path up to his barn and starts collecting up baskets and sacs for the giant to put his collection in. Turning back to Alexander, Tiptin sees Alexander wielding a large War Hammer with an ax edge on one side. Alexander slams it down into the earth causing the area to shake violently; causing apples to fall from the trees in the whole orchard.
Alexander” So is that enough or give it another go?”
Tiptin stands dazed by the side and slightly frightened at first, shaking it off he responds,” No…I think your good…So….where did you find that fine weapon there. Could of sworn you didn’t have it before. ” Tiptin makes his way over to Alexander carrying all the containers for them. They begin to pick up the mess of fruit and continue to to chit chat till the evening.
Tiptin,”Thank you for help today.”
Alexander,”When was the last time a God helped you personally may I just ask.”
Tiptin,”They were kind enough to bless me with a healthy child and kept my wife strong.”
Alexander,”no no, I mean came down before you and talked to you one on one, helped you collect fruit from your land.”
Tiptin,” Well never…I suppose not in direct fashion.”
Alexander,” Well already the Immortals have helped you out more than the Gods, wither you believe it or not is up to you. Though the truth remains the same….” *Alexander collects a few from a confused tiptin, He also grabs a small bag of oranges and apples, turning to leave.
Tiptin,”Stay safe traveler and thank you again for you assistance today. I shall consider what you say about these immortals not sure how they helped me out directly yet.
Alexander,”Ah well all you have to do is open your eyes.” Alexander would say releasing a bright flash from his eyes, as his skin turns to black diamond. Turning to the road he begins walking as Tiptin drops a sack of fruit staring at Alexander disappearing off into the distance.
The next day Tiptin finishes loading up his chart and starts pushing it into town for his market stand. With enough fruit harvested to last him several days the goal now was to sell it before he went to waste. Once he gets to town he unloads his product and begins to advertise selling all the goods.
Tiptin,” Fresh Fruit for sale, great for traveling or cooking. Buy. Take. Enjoy!”
Cecil, Argo, Snowy and Ash all arrive at the city looking around the market center for supplies before they continue off. Kross broke off ahead a few hours before the others and has already made himself at home in the Local tavern, chatting up the inn keeper on local warriors or points of interest.
Snowy,” Fruit? Argo I know money is a little tight but can I get a peach please,”
Ash,” Shhhh we just ate robins eggs how much more could you want? Besides the only good fruit is pineapple, or watermelon. ”
Cecil,” You all go pick something out, my treat…Argo can you pick up some other supplies from the butcher, and baker, some sweet bread and cookies would be a nice treat for later.”
Argo,” You shouldn’t be paying for everything on your own now. ”
Cecil,” No trouble at all I have more than enough to spare,” Cecil holds up a medium coin purse to Argo,” Take this and get enough supplies that we wont need to stop for a while. Got a lot of ground to cover. ”
Argo,” Thank you…” he reluctantly takes the coin pouch to do business and breaks off from the rest.
Cecil, “Ash can you please go and see if you can find a stable, or someone selling some horses, and perhaps a cart or wagon to pull along for our supplies. ”
Ash,”You mean? We wont have to walk everywhere?”
Cecil,” I can not afford to buy a horse for everyone, maybe two and a wagon if the price is right, but we are looking for something to carry our supplies unless you and Snowy would like to carry everything. ” He says with a snicker and a thought of Snowy and Ash carrying everything unable to see over the mounds of supplies.
Snowy,” No way, thats why we have Argo, it is his job to carry everything its ours to keep up.” Snowy says as if she has been told this various times in the past.
Ash,” He wasn’t serious you dim wit….Okay Cecil, I’ll scout out the town and see what I can uncover. ”
Cecil,” Now stay out of trouble. ”
Ash sighs at the “stay out of trouble,” statement as they conclude their conversation. Pulling up the hood to her blue cloak she heads off deeper into town as Cecil and Snowy head towards the fruit stand and Tiptin.
Tiptin,”Greetings! Come see and taste the freshest fruit in all of town!!!”
Snowy rushes off ahead of Cecil who meanders his way over to the stall. Snowy’s nose hovers over the peaches smelling in deep their aroma. Saliva begins to pool in her mouth as she gently moves her way through the Peaches, till she finds an extra large perfectly fuzzy and colored one. She graps it with both hands in sheer awe of amazement.
Cecil arrives at the stand, placing his hand along the edge he follows its lining till he bumps into Snowy. Who turns aburptly as her gaze of the fruit is interupted.
Cecil,” Sorry for bumping into you but you did just leave a blind man alone in the middle of street…..”
Snowy,”Can I have this lushious delicious peach?”
Cecil,” Sure thing, but pick up several of each kind for the journy. ”
Snowy, “Sure thing I will pick out the very best of each kind.” She says excited. This is the first time Snowy has ever been allowed to pickout/help shopping. She takes her job a little too serious as she looks over all of her options. Picking out some watermellons, apples, several peaches, grapes, popergranit, and some cantalope. Her eyes stop she she sees strawberries, red, purple, and blue.
Snowy,”Wow, I have never seen strawberries like these before….I bet they are delicious…..Cecil do you have a bag or something my hands are getting very full..”
Tiptin,” Miss for your order I can throw in a few baskets for a small fee.”
Cecil,”That will do just fine sir, how about 10 baskets or so?”
Tiptin,” Certainly!” Tiptin runs off to his wagon and unloads ten baskets of decent size but clearly been used for quite some time. Returning he places them by snowy who grins as she starts filling them up.
Cecil,”So have you seen or heard of anything strange as of late?”
Tiptin,”Just a very large preacher talking about a new religon or something consisting of beings called Immortals. Clueless but in the end helpful half giant. Think he might have been some sort of stone mage….honestly not sure. Never seen anything like him before nor heard any of the nonsense he was spewing about the end of the Gods.”
Cecil,” Immortals?…End of the Gods.”
Tiptin,” Honestly I was scared he was going to crush me at any moment but he was actually a very nice indivdual. He said something about ten immortals cleansing the heavens so mortals could live without fear or hommage to the Gods. Saying the immortals were here to help us out even hinted that he was one. Not sure what to make of it but it seems like nonsense to me.”
Cecil,” So when did he pass your way?”
Tiptin,” Yesterday, he helped me harvest all of this fruit….believe me I never have had this much fruit to sell at once, though I might be able to hire some extra hands once I sell all of this. ”
Cecil,” I see, it’s interesting information and which direction did this man choose to tred.”
Tiptin,” Think he headed dead east towards the great planes and the Village of Nomads. ”
Snowy,” Baskets are full….but how are we going to carry all of them? ”
Cecil,” Tell you what I will wait here, pay for them, and protect them as you go catch up with your sister. ”
Snowy nods, and scurries off down into town searching for Ash. As Cecil continues his conversation with Tiptin, handing over 80 gold pieces to the man for his products.
Cecil waits awhile for the rest of the group to return to him. Eyeing the vender closely as time passes. Soon he sees Kross approaching.
Kross,”Well there you are blind boy. Seems there has been a few townsfolk venturing off an not returning. The locals are blaming the blink hounds who run through the high grass lands.”
Cecil,” Pesky animals those are. We will keep to the edge of the plains then to avoid running into them as best we can, though it will slow our travels a bit.”
Kross,” True, but with our little group; they wouldn’t pose much of a threat.”
Cecil, “Not everyone is as battle hardened as you are.”
Kross,” Battle hardened? I do my best to avoid fighting, it’s messy. I was just stating Argo and the girls are very capable.”
Cecil, “I suppose your correct. Once the others return with the supplies and horses we will make our way past the plains, and to the mountains.”
Kross,” Where are we going anyway?”
Cecil,” The plan is to find out whats happening to the temples of the Gods. Poseidon’s temple by the see protected by the water elves is still standing. Hopefully we can find out who is destroying them as we travel and thus prepare to stop them.”
Kross,” So this has nothing to do with the darklings growing in numbers and attacking peaceful villages?”
Cecil,” I hope not, but I have a feeling they are connected.”
Kross,” Let me ask you a question?”
Cecil,” Go ahead then.”
Kross,” What game are you playing at here?”
Cecil,” Excuse me? ”
Kross narrows his eyes and his tone becomes stern,” A blind wizard, using healing magic’s long forgotten and other magics that no one has ever seen. Just think you know more about whats going on than you let on. The others might be fooled by your frail looks and attitude, but not me. Besides the destroying of Temples for Gods who never gave a damn about mortals in the first place does not seem like much of a loss to me. ”
Cecil, “Do not presume to know more than you do. Regardless your feelings towards what you believe I know or your opinion of the Gods, you can not tell me that you believe that destroying the innocent people around those temples is alright.”
Kross, ” No killing of innocent people is not alright I can agree with you on that, but why do you care?”
Cecil,” Its simple really, blood rains from the heavens, villages and people are being destroyed, everyone is fighting to protect their homes and families, and no one I know is trying to figure out whats going on. Personally I have grown tired of healing wounds, and burying friends, I would rather prevent the damages from ever being done. Only way to do that is to discover who or what is causing it and stop them. ”
Kross,” On that note, Apparently some sort of stone man came through here a while ago, preaching about immortals. The locals kinda of did their best to ignore him. ”
Tiptin,” Ah yes the man was a bit strange but a good guy over all. Helped me greatly with my harvest. ”
Kross,” You met the man as well?”
Cecil,” Yes I have heard about him as well, he is heading off in our direction so we might bump into him along the way.”
Tiptin,” Yes I did he headed off into the plains without a care.”
Kross,” That settles it if we run into that man I will have some questions for him, hopefully he has a good story to tell that I can mass produce for profit.”
Cecil rolls his eyes at Kross as the others begin to return with the horses and supplies they will need for their journey. They thank Tiptin collecting the baskets and loading up a ratty old wagon that Snowy was able to purchase from a failed farmer at the market. As she found Ash with 2 brown and white spotted horses. Strapping up the horses to the wagon Snowy, Ash and Cecil climb into the wagon and tie down their supplies as Kross and Argo lead the horses to the edge of the plains, where they proceed to follow the trail around the bulk of it as the mountains can be seen about a weeks worth of journey ahead.