Another day, another trouble. Those were the ways of the people in the land as of late, after all food was scarce and gathering coin wasn't as easy as it use to be. Many had duties and most would simply commission themselves to be servants. After all, doing chores the rest of your life for a meal? It was the easy way out. Though there were few whom felt that wasn't the way, not a way to live anyway. The kingdom of Leilan was actually one of the nicer places to live, it was far from perfect but there was space and most of its people were of a higher status than middle class, and middle class was where the trouble began, the lack of food, the lack of income and worse..the orphans. Many left their children in the lower part of the city, hoping that someone else would be able to take them in and care for them. They usually went to the monasteries, at least they did until those whom followed the local faith complained enough to the king for him to provide a type of orphanage for the 'pests' and 'burdens'. It had been there for years and years.
One day, the Older of the orphans went out as he always had. He was a man now but for some reason he stuck around, could it have been for a place to stay? Or could it have been for something else. No matter the reason, he generally took care of the orphans. Upon leaving, two of the orphans came up and grabbed his hands, they had to be around 7 or 8.
"Marcus, Marcus! Where are you going?" Said the little girl whom sounded desperate for him to stay. Though why wouldn't she be with how things were for their class.
With a smile, the man knelt down and pulled them into a hug, patting their backs comfortingly. The man had pitch black hair that was well maintained, he was decently tan but not quite big enough to be a knight. He had a bow and quiver strapped to his back as well, which was common for those whom hunted to get their prey.
"Ease yourselves guys, I am merely going to get us something to eat alright? I aint gonna be long." With that, he stood up and moved to the door. The building they lived in wasn't too well kept but it kept the rain and snow away from them and they were happy..at least as happy as one could be in this type of predicament. The kids had pouted and nodded. With that they let his hands go and stepped back, both saying in unison;
Once out in the streets, the dark haired Hunter walked the streets toward the market which was in the town square. It was out of the lower part of the city but usually everything that went on happened there and one good thing about there being mostly higher class people? A lot of things were on sale and able to get. It hadn't taken him long to move up the cobblestone steps and inward toward center of the kingdom. Once there, he saw stands for food, clothing and other things. Bards were singing in tune to amuse the crowds that were gathering and moving from stall to stall.
The man had moved over to the food stalls, waiting by it with a sigh. No one in his class, especially in Orphan had enough to feed several children in themselves. 'Another busy day eh?..It'll make it easy at least..' was all the Hunter could think about. Though while he was thinking a voice came out from behind the food stand, yelling at him.
"Hey you, either buy something or move. We're selling food not wasting space!" The one whom spoke was a bald man in some fine wears. He was slightly on the heavier side but it still seemed he was easily annoyed, making the Orphan nod and move away from the stall.
"Oi, alright alright. I aint meaning to get in your way mate." With that, he smiled when he saw a young woman and moved over to her. The blonde appeared to be a noble checking out the stalls, with her suitor too busy looking at the 'tonics' the so called Alchemists were selling.
"Hey there m'lady..fine day is it not?" He asked, trying to appear polite. The woman could only look at him and smile, nodding in agreement. She didn't say much and that was most likely because she was taught not to, though she didn't have to talk for what the man had planned.
"Are you hungry? Allow me to buy you something from that fine merchant over there. I insist, after all he makes very good broth that you -must- try." Said the Hunter, moving a hand on her waist to point her over to the man. Though she protested, the man managed to pull her in front of the stand and winked at the one whom yelled at him not a few minutes before. Though the larger fellow didn't really notice..especially with what was about to happen.
'Please forgive me m'lady..' Was all the Hunter thought as he swiftly moved his hand over the dress, pulling off what looked like a coin pouch, and then moved his hands up to one of the strings of her dress, undoing a simple strand as the dress slowly fell loose, exposing a bit more of the noble woman's chest than what was normal or acceptable for one of her status, that is unless you were in a brothel. The man's cheeks flushed as the noble quickly tried covering herself.
As this happened, the man with the bow moved to the side of the stand, away from the prying eyes of the merchant, and began pulling food into a bag, grabbing bread, beef, pork and drinks. As well as several eggs. Once he was done, he quickly walked away and made for the lower city once more.
Letting out a sigh, he looked at what he got and was thankful the morning had been so successful. Since no one had stopped him, it seemed no one must have noticed. Hopefully he had enough for the children. After all that was why he did most of what he did and would eventually have to teach the kids how to pick pocket. He couldn't afford an education for them as much as he wish he could.. This thought always caused him to give out a long drawn out sigh.
Though in his walk, he noticed a piece of parchment nailed to the wall. It was a reward notice, it read;
Calling all available Men!
We are gathering groups of men to hunt for an extraordinary creature, those whom succeed of capturing this specific animal will be rewarded!
500 Silver pieces!
The Hunter stared at it for some time as his green eyes widened at what he could do with 500 silver, he could pay for the kids education..or at least afford them a meal without having to steal. 500 silver would be enough wages to change their lives! With that, he picked up the parchment and took it to the one whom sent it, which was also on the request. There, the man was told the date and time of when the group would meet up, and Marcus just smiled and shook the mans hand.
"Thank you, I will be there.." The man nodded, holding up a quill. "Make your mark then lad."
The man took the feather and wrote down his name, Marcus Reignhart. With that, he made his way out and quickly headed back home.
The kids all smiled when he walked in with food, and the lot of them ran and hugged him, pulling at the bag.
" 'ey! You guys all be sure to share, and sit down at the table alright? Also, wash up or I'll be mad!" Though he never was mad at them.
Going upstairs to his room, he pulled out several specific arrows and even an Axe, it wasn't much but it was enough to fight with. With that, he moved to the meeting area since the date the group was leaving was that day. Once he was there, he noticed there were a few people there already and made small talk, fighting off the urge to pick pocket the wealthy of the group..
"So what are we hunting?" Marcus asked, looking at the group. Though once he asked, a deep voice came and began explaining what and why they were there. Many of the hunters let out guffaws at the idea. A -Unicorn-? They existed? Though some actually left upon hearing it.
Once the voice had finished, a man dressed in the finest of clothes stepped out, smiling at them. Marcus's eyes immediately widened at the one whom was personally there..
The King himself, his clothes would've given it away easily if not for that crown. There he began explaining everything. That a Unicorn had been claimed to be seen in the forest nearby, and the one group whom managed to tame her and bring her back -alive- would be rewarded.
And so, they split up into groups of 4 and were told to head out.. 'This is mad..the king has lost it..' was all the man could think of as he moved on foot to the forest vs his group and everyone else riding on horseback, only a foolish Hunter rode in on mount, making such noise. The Orphan was going to try and find this 'creature' by himself..