Zhanna walked into Ellymor in the early morning. She had heard that mages were gathering there for a pilgrimage to find the different passions and wisdoms in the world. She had travelled a very long way from her home to attend this pilgrimage after she had heard about it just a few towns away from her own. It was a pretty large town, at least compared to where she grew up, but it smelled of fish. She breathed in heavily to get a whiff of the scent from the fisheries. As she progressed on the main road into the town, she could see more and more people gathering in what seemed to be a market or square. The smell of fish was overtaken by the smell of freshly baked bread and grilled meat and other things as merchants cried out to gain attention to their stalls.
Zhanna walked up to the closest stall and took a look at the goods being sold. The stand was full of salted and grilled meat of different types. She rubbed her chin for a moment before she decided on the salted and dried meat due to it was able to remain edible for a long time. She brought a good amount of jerky and a bit of salted meat and packed it into her backpack in the bottom before she wandered off to the next stall. This stall had some bread. Once again, she looked over the goods before she paid for two baguettes. Due to it being bread, she had to eat it somewhat soon before it would spoil, probably needed to come back and buy some more before she set off.
She continued going between stalls for a few hours and chatted with the stall-keepers about news and other useful information. She found out that there was a library in the town and where she could find cheep lodgings. "First things first. I need to find that inn and rent a room for the days ahead before they fill up." Zhanna left the market for the inn. She found the old building pretty quickly in the northern part of town. It was your standard inn, but it was somewhat old, but that did not matter to Zhanna. She walked into the inn and up to the innkeeper. "Hello. Do you have any rooms available for the nights ahead?" "Yes, we have a few left over. You're in luck, if you had come here in the afternoon, it would have been full. Its a gold per night and food is included in the price, so is drink." "I'll take it" she said and handed over three gold coins before she went up to the room she got the key to.
Once she got into the room, she took a good look around. It was a pretty nice room, it was tidy and well kept. There was a proper and comfortable bed with warm sheets, and not a single rat or spider in sight. She was surprised at the low price for the room due to everything included and the pilgrimage, but she did not dwell on it for long. Zhanna dropped her backpack and walked out of the room before she locked it and left the inn for the library. It was not the biggest library, but it would do for her current needs. She had been without a good book for a long time now, and she was craving for the stimulation and excitement of a good book. She did not want a factual book this time, she wanted a adventure book, full of tales of great deeds and heroes.
Zhanna walked up to the librarian and asked if she could sit and read for a while. The librarian nodded and Zhanna walked deep into the library to find the book she wanted. After a few minutes of searching, she finally found it. She had been recommended this book by a librarian in a town close to this one, so she had to read it. She sat down at a table and opened the book and started reading. The book was about the heroics of a local hero and adventurer and his exploits many years ago on his own pilgrimage. It did not take long until she was absorbed in the book and she zoned out the rest of the world.