A tall figure in black shrouded by a silver robe stood at the bow of the ship leaning against the rails and taking in the beautiful early morning sun that signaled this new day. The ship was not far off the ports of Noigan now, a small seaside town north of the Swamps of Talturia. Even further north, the massive mountain ranges of the spine loomed over the horizon line.
Cedric Lancaster was mulling over his assignment in quiet contemplation as he leaned against the rails of the ship
'Damn those Elders. What I wouldn't give to have a bit more detail from those Geezers...' He thought to himself
The Order of Light was always vague, even with their own operatives. Cedric had been sent from the main citadel across the Sea with orders to liaison with the operatives on ligesia. After two months of sailing he was relieved to see land again.
As the ports drew nearer, Cedric noted a mass of soldiers scattered amidst the city well protected by blue colored armor. Groups were spread all over the place and though they were not attacking anyone they did appear to be searching for something.
Cedric Scolded himself for not expecting something like this with the scarcity of Intel he had on this assignment
'What were you thinking… if course it wouldn’t be that simple’
As the ship drew up to port he disappeared below deck momentarily to gather his things. Given the general nature of the soldiers actions thus far Cedric did not think he would need any documents, but he tucked them away snug in the inside pocket of his robe just in-case.
Staff in hand, and his traveling pack slung over his shoulder, he made his way down the gangplank.
Luckily the soldiers were in the midst of a shift rotation and the dock his ship had berthed on had been left alone less a few fishermen that had their lines overboard. Cedric moved casually down the boardwalks and greeted the fishermen with a wave of his hand as he passed them while quickly glancing his surroundings for soldiers. After such a long voyage, He was not in the mood to explain himself to the soldiers.
He managed to pass into city undetected or unchallenged by the soldiers as they appeared to be too occupied with their tasks to stop a humble man of the cloth!
‘ Well at least this isn’t a ghost town anyway. I’m sure I’ll be able to get some information from the locals this evening but for now, I need to find an inn or something’ he thought.
Cedric stopped a young man in the streets to ask for directions to a decent inn.
“Excuse me sir” he began, “ I wonder if you could tell me where I can find a decent inn around here.”
“Sure thing stranger these blasted soldiers have most of the inns reserved right now but there’s a really good spot two blocks over from here called Diego’s Tavern. Really good rates and the inn keeper is one hell of a cook!!” he pointed down the street in the general direction.
“Thank you kindly" Cedric responded with a slight nod of his head, then bid the man farewell and made his way to the inn.
Diego’s Tavern was indeed a splendid inn. Cedric rented a room for the night and was soon settled in his room and under a hot shower.
‘Ahhhh! Two months at sea sure leaves a guy in desperate need of a hot shower. I think I’ll relax here for the night, and get started on my Intel in the morrow.’
Cedric decided it would be better if he dressed casually to avoid the attention his robes demanded for now so he got dressed and put on the pendant of the mongoose, his favorite animal. Cedric made his way to the great hall and sat at an empty table. Shortly after that he enjoyed a hot meal, the first in months.
' it appears that guy I stopped earlier knew what he was talking about in regards to this tavern' he thought, as he sipped a steaming cup of coffee after dinner
'Hopefully tomorrow I can pick up a trace of the Order of Light operatives... and a little more insight as to what's going on around here' he thought.
He sighed in frustration once more at the total lack of information the elders had given him.