"Move you maggots! We still have three quarters of castle wall to run through before lunch! On my mark, commence singing like your life depends on it!" Lath ran behind a small troop of city guards, the newly graduated recruits from the academy. Their first run was around the city walls, which happened to pass through the market. For this occasion their armour was loaded with bags of sand to bring their total weight to about twice their own, making sure they could run and fight with any equipment. Lath himself wore a comfortable outfit that allowed full freedom of movement in expense of protection. He wasn't even sweating from running several miles. He had undergone similar training before and knew what benefits it gave. The troop started singing after he waved his hand:
"We are the finest to have ever lived,"
"Our wives have never grieved!
"We will shield this awesome city,
And we'll do it with no pity!"
"No one here can doubt this,
Anyone who does will end up in the abyss!"
The group passed many travelers and the crowd respectfully stepped apart to allow them through. The shopkeepers were cheering as the recruits passed them, shouting phrases ushc as "Free food for the winner!" and "I have some money on you son, don't ruin it for me!" to entice the race. Among the crowd Lath noticed a familiar face. The soldier from the Inn. He was accompanied by an elf, who also looked familiar but not from there. Lath nodded and smiled to the soldier as he and his troop passed them, saluting the fellow warrior.
At about the same time, three market criers got the same message, and started crying it out loud:
"Hear ye, hear ye! Lady Kath is organizing a tournament today for all you brave warriors, to be battled out in the arena of the Armament section. The prize for the winner will be a finely crafted suit of armour made by the dwarves of Tethyamar and a kiss by the lady herself! The tournament is sponsored by your very own Isla Nookskin and Humar Bravekrest! Only today you may enter this one of a kind event and take your chance to win an exclusive suit of armour! Apply now, there are only twenty slots availible, and only today!"