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Creator: Zacharias Holmberg
Added: 14.08.21
Menidiath date: -
Tags: Riverfolk

The trek through along the river had been rough and long, his satchel having chafed at his shoulders for half a day aleady. Mountainborn or not, a rough tough trek was a tough trek. But finally he could hear the sounds of laughter and chatter further downstream, the destination of his journey.

When he came to a bend in the river, he could see the small encampment, half built on rafts tied to the riverbank. A handful of people were gathered around a fire, eating and chatting while some children were chasing each other among the trees. As he approached, he saw that they noticed him, so he raised his hand in greeting.

"Brech!" one of the young men shouted as his jumped to his feet "We've been waiting!"
"Well, Yalar, you could have made camp a bit closer!" Brech shouted back with a tired laugh.

Yalar ran to meet him, relieving him of his heavy satchel, and together they made their way to the fire. With happy greetings, Brech quickly got food and drink in his hands, while Yalar put down the satchel and rummaged through it. With a satisfied "Aha!" he took out a folded paper, sealed with wax.

"Is this it?" he asked Brech, who nodded, his mouth stuffed with food. "Great! Come on, I'll send it off immidiately-" he said, motioning Brech to join him.

They made their way to a small, primitive hut made from scavenged branches and wood. An excited chirping could be heard from within. Yalar went inside, muttered something in their own tongue, and came back out with a large, reddish-brown bat perched on his arm. A small pack was attached to it, and Yalar put the piece of folded paper inside.

"Old Brownbelly here will get it home safe and sound, for sure."

Brech looked at the big bat, it's wet brown eyes sleepy, yet strangely wise. Yalar gave it a small piece of fruit, before he raised his arm.

"Home, brownbelly!" he commanded, and immidiately the ball of fur folded its great wings and took to the skies. They watched as it flapped up over the trees and away to the east.

"A little bit more knowledge saved" Yalar said with a smile and a wink.