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Post by Gravirei on Tue 12 Sep - 19:58

Horknath's greenish skin flushed red with anger. "I do NOT need to sleep every night. Can go three days without, and my reflexes will be the same. WHY would people BOTHER hiring me if I couldn't offer something more than other mercenaries?", he growled loudly, his nostrils flaming. That was it, last time that he tried to work with a dwarf. Were they all like that? He started to pack his stuff too, withput saying another word.

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Post by Mary on Tue 12 Sep - 20:35

"You know why I hired you? Because you're big, strong, and you didn't seem like the type to answer questions," Valdyr barked back. "Look, I'm not from this place, I don't know what's really up with your can't, can't you ever be, I don't know, SPECIFIC about anything?" He held his bags close to him, clearly stressing much over the idea that he had slept the whole night.
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Post by Gravirei on Tue 12 Sep - 20:47

Horknath took a deep, deep breath. 'Let the anger go, said your therapist. It will be easy-peasy, said your therapist'. He dropped his bag, then looked at him, crossing his arms. "Ok. I sleep every three days. I prefer to let the client rest when it is possible, because, in my experience, people get awfully whiny when they don't get their beauty sleep, and so I work like that. Two, I have no more surprises. Three... for God's sake, I didn't look in your bags! I asked, you don't want me to know, fine, I forget about them. It is that easy."

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Post by Mary on Tue 12 Sep - 20:58

Valdyr looked at Horknath for a while, and took some deep breaths before he finally sat down on a rock. "So. You don't sleep tomorrow night either, and the night after that we need to take actual shifts?"
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Post by Gravirei on Tue 12 Sep - 21:17

"That's right", Horknath said, still with his arms crossed. "At least you'll be well rested. I had to give a piggypack ride to my last customer because he wouldn't rest enough like a damn idiot, so I'm never taking that risk again."

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Post by Mary on Tue 12 Sep - 21:54

Valdyr grunted again. "Alright. You swear this is the last thing I needed to know about you ?"
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Post by Gravirei on Tue 12 Sep - 22:29

Horknath snorted, raising a hand up as if swearing. "I promise, I swear. Happy now?" He looked at the dwarf, critically. "And will you stop to be scared that I will rip your bags off of you or what."

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Post by Mary on Tue 12 Sep - 22:55

"Well sorry to be so emotional about this, but no," he grunted, as he took off whatever he needed for a breakfast. "It's important."
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Post by Gravirei on Tue 12 Sep - 22:58

Horknath now raised both of his hands in surrender. "Well, whatever makes you feel secure. Guess you gotta protect what gives you work. That's what I do, eve though I do it more literally", he observed.

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Post by Mary on Wed 13 Sep - 21:03

Valdyr sighed, and looked at Horknath for a moment. "Yeah. By the way, do you remember how much time exactly it'll take us to get to our destination?"
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Post by Gravirei on Wed 13 Sep - 21:34

"Another two days worth of walking", Horknath answered. He put off what was left of the fire, putting some dirt over the wood. "We should arrive in a small town as soon as the sun sets, though."

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Post by Mary on Wed 13 Sep - 22:06

Valdyr nodded. "You've got anything against the thought of stopping in an inn? I'll pay, if that may reassure you." He'd feel much safer sleeping in a bed than out in the open, whether he'd be with an alert guard like Horknath or not.
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Post by Gravirei on Wed 13 Sep - 22:31

"Not a problem. I prefer beds, honestly", Horknath shrugged. "And it has been a long time since the last time I managed to have something as luxurious as a mattress."

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Post by Mary on Wed 13 Sep - 22:42

Valdyr couldn't hold back a smile. "Where d'you usually sleep in towns then, if you don't get yourself a bed? I'd thought a guard like you must make himself quite a lot of money."
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Post by Gravirei on Wed 13 Sep - 22:57

Horknath smiled back, a bit unsure. "Well, uhm... usually wherever I find a place. But I've been around for very long in the last year, always on the road, so... for me it has mostly been tents and impromptu leaf beds", he added, scratching his head.

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Post by Mary on Thu 14 Sep - 19:36

Valdyr remained silent for a moment. "You actually don't earn that much money, do you?" He figured that maybe it was also the reason why Horknath didn't really settle down. That, and maybe the shady past linked to his race which he didn't know much of.
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Post by Gravirei on Thu 14 Sep - 20:02

"Yeah, well. As I told you, not a lot of people want an half orc around them", Horknath answered with a grunt. "Usually I can't get places in taverns, or inns, unless someone offers me to buy a room." Or unless he managed to find a guitar and strum something. That way usually they gave him a room as a payoff for entertaining customers.

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Post by Mary on Thu 14 Sep - 20:14

Valdyr thought about it for a moment. "You should try going to other lands, where people wouldn't know about your kind. That might be easier for you to forge a life with no one to judge you."
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Post by Gravirei on Thu 14 Sep - 20:52

Horknath shrugged. "It's a good suggestion, and you might be right. But first I'd need to have enough funds to go. And I already strain to just make a living, so that would be pretty difficult." He sighed.

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Post by Mary on Thu 14 Sep - 21:21

"Yeah, I get you," Valdyr sighed heavily, before finishing his breakfast. "Alright. You done ?"
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Post by Gravirei on Thu 14 Sep - 21:50

"I am. Whenever you're ready, we can go", Horknath said, picking up his bag with a grunt. "Hey, uh, just curiosity. Are dwarves as ill advised about my species as humans and elves? 'Cause if not, I am totally moving towards their territories."

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Post by Mary on Thu 14 Sep - 22:30

Valdyr snorted. "Dwarves are wary to anyone who is not a dwarf. As soon as you've proven yourself good company, enjoy beer and don't cause too much of a trouble, we can actually grow fond of any stranger. Especially if said stranger helps us keep or loved ones or belongings safe," he replied, as he picked up his bags, to move forward.
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Post by Gravirei on Thu 14 Sep - 23:03

"Oh so I just have to smack the right person. Seems much more easy than becoming another thing entirely", Horknath snorted, starting to walk to the road. "Do you have family, back at your place?"

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Post by Mary on Fri 15 Sep - 19:03

If there had been a hint of a smile on Valdyr's face before that, it was now gone. It actually took him a little while to answer a low "no", before he cleared his throat a bit. "Well. Roads here seem quite empty during the day, don't they", he said then quickly, as an awkward way to change the subject.
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Post by Gravirei on Fri 15 Sep - 19:42

"Yeah, they usually are. And 'sides, there aren't many travellers during this time of the year. It's less secure, now that politics got complicated, I guess", Horknath observed. Yeah, better change topic. "You sure are willing to go a long road, aren't you?"

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