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The sun was beaming down full intensity as the small fleet of Trade Ships Xale was guarding started to approach the docks of Setasut. He had been out on ships several times before in his life, but never for this extended period of time or this far from the shore. He forced himself to not show it on his face, but Xale was just as excited as the rest of his men when they saw the docks creeping closer. “To order and back to your posts, the job isn't done just yet!” The young man shouted, turning his gaze away from the docks to discuss pay and a few other topic with the small fleets Merchant Captain.

In a pleasant change of pace, the trip had been over all rather dull, no pirate attacks or anything of the sort. The talk ended up being short and by the time the ships were being moored, Xale received his payment. Soon after they landed, Xale gave a few words of instruction to his men. Namely, don't go anywhere alone and where they would be staying. Beyond that, they had four days free. After this short rally, Xale had a short discussion with a few of the other commanders before they all ended up splitting up, leaving Xale alone to begin walking into the city.

The first thing that hit him was, the mix of noises and smells. All sorts of smells, both pleasant and repugnant assaulted him, while the chatter of the crowds filled his ears. Much as he liked to not admit it, he felt something like a country bumpkin, never having been in any place with this level of trade activity, goods and services being managed and moved. In the end Xale did not move in any particular direction or area with a purpose, instead meandering through the streets while taking in the sights and working to understand this place. Xale worked on filtering the information his keen ears were hearing and putting his eyes to work.
 
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When Nova had been young, she separated happily from her clan. This might not be entirely common, but it wasn't unheard of. If she ever wanted to go visit them again, she was free to do that. Living with their rules and such didn't interest her and the amoral teen had struck out on her own.

Soon after that, her camp had been raided and she was taken captive. Chained up, she had been taken to the elves leader and put into their service. That was all the life she really remembered. As she aged, she caught the attention of one and brought into his service. Now she was older, she had earned some freedom though she would always return to them.

Even as a slave, her life was actually pretty good. Food, bed, and clothing were all provided for her. All she had to do was whatever they requested. Her current job was to go into town and arrange for supplies. Things they couldn't get while traveling.

Walking in through the main gate, she really didn't stand out too much. Cathwa Nation was her home and when she wasn't with her Master, she fit in just fine. Reddish-brown hair had natural highlights from being bleached by the sun. Around her neck hung a scarf that could be raised if a sandstorm hit.

Stopping to gawk just a little, Nova soon found herself walking the market streets looking for merchants to buy from.

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While some people might blend in well with the crowd, Xale did not. Far from it, his Imperial styled clothes, fair skin and blonde hair did a good job of setting him apart from everyone else after he left the vicinity of the docks. His young look did not help him either, he had only recently turned twenty and his body looked like it. Xale didn't pay much attention to how much he stuck out, simply walking along like everyone else.

After a while Xale noticed something, the head dresses most everyone was wearing. He didn't know if he was going to be staying long but he did know from the Merchant that if they did stick around, they would need them. Slowing down his steps he looked around for a stall selling them and when he spotted one he started walking over slowly while focusing his ears and listening to the prices that were being discussed. After a few of them had been sold Xale had a good idea of the actual price, around two Imperial Silvers.

"Greetings, Merchant." He said in a fairly neutral manner while walking into the stall, getting a look at the customers. Besides a few locals who were there, one woman in particular stood out and drew his eye. He did not let his gaze wander for to long before turning back to the Merchant, looking through several scarfs while hearing several prices. All of them the merchant showed off were over priced by at least double or even triple. His eye twitched but he listened on, Xale hearing several of the locals starting to snicker a bit as he nodded at the high prices, before picking up a dull, yellow colored scarf. It was not anything special, just a well made nd undecorated thing. "Mmm... Well. All those prices are fine i am sure. But you just sold three just like them in a row for two Imperial silvers. The first one was red, the next two after it that you sold were brown. So, one and three quarters silver then we can both be on our ways." Xale spoke with a neutral tone, turning his eyes back to the Merchant while giving him a very cold look.

The merchant was caught off guard by this sudden shift, not knowing how Xale knew this since he was not in the shop when the past three transactions occurred. Most of the locals went silent, but tweo started to murmur with discontent at this bold foreigner.

"If the good sir knows this, then surely he is willing to pay the full two silvers?" The merchant said with a hopeful tone, but Xale did not seem interested in paying more as he started to turn on his heels to leave. "Very well sir, one and thrre quarters silver it is!" The merchant hurriedly said, Xale turning around and fishing out the payment with a smile, shaking the merchant's hand. Just as he was about to leave afterwards, a hand got placed on Xales shoulder by a fairly large man. "Are you trying to mock our merchants boy?"
 
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This city was a port city and there were quite a few different people and races here. Different voices and maybe even dialects filled the area. The language spoken here though was money. Even if the people couldn't understand a language spoken, money was enough and could easily be exchanged. That was what Nova was here for.

While scarves were easy to come by, most of the ones her caravan had were simple. She wanted something with a bit of color. Looking over the wares offered, her attention was drawn to a young blond that came into the shop. There were many different types of people in town, he stood out like a sore thumb inside.

It seemed he had good taste though and was learning about customs here. Picking out a scarf for himself, she watched as he approached the shop keepers and began to haggle. Knowing what the prices were, she had a dirty look on her face when the man tried to swindle him.

Though the newcomer appeared to be able to speak for himself, she didn't feel he went about it the correct way. Others around them felt the same way. Shaking her head as the transaction finished, her eyes followed him out. When he got stopped, she stepped in.

Being the servant she was, this plan might just work. If it didn't well then they were in trouble. However, he didn't even know her, Nova just prayed he would go along with what she was about to do.

Walking up behind the big man, she brushed past him and attempted to take a hold of Xale's arm. He was a few inches taller than she was and she tipped her head up slightly to hopefully meet his gaze. Giving him a wink, she would try to remove the hand of the burly man and talk to him.

"Master is new here. Doesn't know about the culture yet. He meant no offense."

Bowing her head, she would look like a demure servant should.

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Xale was used to the Empire, where dirty bargaining was met with dirty bargaining. If someone was caught playing dirty, using that and exploiting it was considered fair enough as long as you didn't take it to far. Maybe it was the same even here but when Xale heard the discontent around him he figured out real quick, that they didn't appreciate that kind of bargaining. Was it something that went against local customs completely, or they just didn't appreciate an outsider acting like that? Either way it didn't matter he supposed, they were not happy.

Xale squinted just a bit as he started to turn around to face the man slowly, running through his mind how best it would be to respond. It was as he started to turn that Xale heard light footsteps coming from behind the man holding his shoulder, tilting his head slightly and even preparing for someone to try and stab him. Then he saw who it was as the woman brushed past the man gracefully.

He was surprised enough that she did indeed manage to grab his arm and after seeing her wink, Xale decided to see what kind of scheme this was. This young woman didn't seem to have any ill intentions, yet at least. Or maybe that was his young, male side leading him astray?

The man seemed surprised by a local woman intervening who seemed to be the servant of this foreign young man. Xale felt the grip loosen, but not fully release quite yet. This made Xale inwardly sigh, choosing to cut off the man before he could speak. "Ah, for my servant to step in for me. I have acted in error i see, forgive me if you would sir. This is how business is conducted in the Empire. But in the interest of future dealings." Xale said, taking out a few coppers to pay the shop keeper, an act that ended up making him pay a little bit over the normal price. He wasn't enough of a money miser to feel strongly about it though. If Nova was keen on how nobles tended to act, while his tone and speech was like one, his movements and demeanor did not quite fit.

The large man, now seeming more awkward than anything else finally let go and backed away. Xale did not give him so much of a passing glance, instead turning a interested look to the young woman who had grabbed his arm. "Come. We have more things to do." Xale said, motioning his head in a direction before starting to set off.

When they had gotten out of earshot of stall and the general area Xale looked at her once again with a curious look. "You acted in a manner most unlike the common servant, something i can respect. What is your name, so i may know it and remember it? I am Xale." He spoke before glancing around and finding a small pavilion where they could sit and talk, Xale motioning for her to follow him to a table under it.

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There were times when Nova had an independent attitude, today was one of them. Her caravan had given her some and sent her into town. If she didn't return within the next few days, there was a chance they would come searching for her. At the moment, the woman wasn't worried about this. This was her first day in town and working out supply details could sometimes take a few days.

It seemed a little odd to her. Out in the desert, if they had met, the encounter would have been entirely different. She wouldn't be defending him from getting attacked nor would she have lifted a hand to hurt him. Alive or dead, it wouldn't have mattered to her. What life she had was something small and Nova would never be famous or well known. At least, she didn't think she would. The fire dancer, slave, and servant would never amount to anything.

When she took a hold of his arm, the stranger noticed her wink and decided to go along with her plan. Letting out a mental sigh, there wasn't going to be the need to run out of the shop. As she was looking at the floor, he finished getting out of the sticky situation and they walked out together.

Once they were out of sight of the shop, she removed her arm. Looking only as high as his chest since after all, she was just a slave. She was not familiar enough with nobility to know how they acted or sounded. All she saw was an outsider that almost got his teeth kicked in and she didn't want that to happen to him.

Even though she wasn't looking him in the eyes, her head tilted to the side slightly when he said they had more things to do. Then he asked her what her name is and provided his own in exchange.

"Nova, Sir Xale."

Catching the shadow of his motion, she fell into step just behind him. Following him as a servant would.

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What ever her inner thoughts were, he didn't seem to mind as he walked. When he noticed that she would not look up, he found this somewhat odd. While surely, servants where he had come from in the Empire had a certain level of refrained nature, ones who could be considered able and knowledgeable tended to hold their heads high with pride from their Masters trust placed in them. 'Perhaps it is a custom?' He mused to himself, keeping his thoughts to himself for now on the matter.

Before continuing to talk, Xale would take a seat at a table and motion for her to take a seat with him. "Nova, i see. Take a seat, i would not rest myself while you stand. Where do you come from Nova, and what do you do here? I have only recently arrived in these lands after guarding a Merchant ship from the Empire. If you would, i should ask for your knowledge on local customs and ways. I don't mind a good fight, but i am not looking to make enemies either."

Xale spoke while carefully observing her expression. He was not giving her a hard gaze, rather he was trying to gauge her as a person. Facial expression and body language, voice and speech. Something that would surprise most, his gaze was not 'wandering' to take in any pleasing sights there might be.

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Following him, he took them in the direction of a table in the market. Water was brought for them by a silent server. Taking the seat with him, Nova didn't sit across from him, but on the next side of the table. Lifting up the glass, she listened to him as he spoke and asked a few questions of her. Not drinking the whole glass, it was at least half gone before she set it back down on the table.

Meeting his gaze, he might see that sense of independence hiding in her eyes. While she did not want to be entirely free from the slavery she was in, she did want some freedom. This excursion into the city gave that to her. When her business here was completed, she was expected to return to her caravan. At the moment, that is what she planned on doing.

"I am from here. Not this city, but the Cathwa Nation. The people here mostly move around in caravans. I'm no exception to that. They sent me into town to pick up some supplies and arrange them to be delivered where they are waiting."

Picking up her water again, she finished drinking it while she considered how best to answer Xale's second question. Setting the empty glass down, she had come to a decision. Speaking about what she did was one thing, but provide a greater understanding, showing him would be easier.

"Give me just a moment."

She didn't wait for him to give his consent and just stood up. One of her skills was working with fire. Almost any clothing was a danger so she removed them. In the middle of the market, she stripped. Closing her eyes, she started dancing. Once she found the music of her soul, small flames grew out of her hands. Twisting, twirling, the flame weaved around her body.

As her routine came close to an end, she moved in close to Xale. Warm hands moved to lightly touch his face unless he pulled away. He was the focus of her attention and it didn't matter to her if a crowd had gathered to watch. Stopping there, her naked body was covered in a light sheen of sweat and her breathing was slightly fast.

"Do you wish me to continue?"

Such a simple question, but a very loaded one. No matter how he answered her, he probably had a very good idea how much further she could go. Resuming her seat, she hadn't actually put her clothing back on. Wishing for more water, she gazed at her empty glass and then looked at Xale.

"I can do that to you for as long as you wish."

That opened up a whole other can of worms, but the words were out. She couldn't take them back and her own honor pretty much dictated she stay true to them. For as long as he wanted her company and help, she would give it to him.

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He saw that in her eyes. Young as he may be, he had seen his fair share of people who had strong desires. For freedom for any number of things, especially over the last year. That more than anything made him interested in her. Such people, given means, knowledge and resources were a invaluable commodity, a precious gift that could not be wasted.

"Mmm, i see. Mostly nomadic in nature, not sticking around anywhere and moving around often." Xale said with several nods to himself. He didn't expect her to respond, he was just using that to get a good image of what life here was like. If that is how it was, then he suspected raiders would be much, much more common than in most places. Xale was silently considering this and how it might affect his future choices when she spoke up again, catching his attention and causing him to lift his head.

He was going to respond, but Nova just started moving on her own. He didn't mind and simply observed, but what followed was not what he expected. Frankly, he was just a bit too stunned to speak when she suddenly took off her clothes without any reservation in the market. He heard his heart start to thump from the sheer surprise of it as he attempted to observe what followed with a neutral gaze. Muttering from others about a master forcing his slave to do this in public nearly caused him to speak out, but then something happened.

The spark of flame from her hands caught his eyes. His ears even heard the sound of it coming to life and from that instant on, he found all his senses completely locked on the bare young woman before him. At first it was surprise, she could use magic. But there was so much more to it then that. They way it moved with her, followed her body and surrounded it in a beautiful glow, radiating from her skin had captivated his eyes. The sounds of her steps and the air moving around her body echoed in his ears as a pleasant sound, like music to the ears.

His heart was pounding by the time her movements came to a close, the warm hands on his face bringing him back into the moment. It was when Xale went to respond that he found himself out of breath and realized that the only two sounds he could hear were, her voice and the pounding of his pulse. Xale took a short breath and pushed over his glass of water to Nova before speaking, meeting her gaze.

"I am a man who has earned everything he has. You have already helped me and i do not find payment as an acceptable means to ask for you to continue." Those words were the only things he could bring up to defend himself from doing something he would end up, more than likely regretting. Or would he? No, he had to order his thoughts before he spoke any more, or he would really end up speaking without thinking.

"What i wish, is for you to follow me. I am but the captain of a humble Mercenary Band, but come with me and i promise you will not want for freedom. I need not slaves, but able minded men and women."

She could tell, Xale was partially using those words to 'run away'. Because he knew if he tried to actually reply to those words head on, he would end up taking that offer to its fullest extent. Had she been anyone but a servant, he would not have minded. But when Xale remembered where had come from. His mother a maid, with child from a noble and then discarded. He could not bring himself to so idly accept that offer, much as he may, no, did desire to do so. And it was clear in his eyes, Xale did desire it.

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What attention she had picked up while she was dancing went away when she was done. Even though she sat naked as the day she was born, only outsiders really gave it much thought. This wasn't common, but not unheard of. Especially is cities. So the natives did not think twice about her appearance.

Her dance certainly got Xale's attention. It would explain better than any words she could speak. He might have been affected by her movements and perhaps he could even hear the music of her soul. Then again, maybe he provided his own music. Either way, when she finished and sat down, he pushed his water over to her.

Looking down at the glass and back him, she tilted her head.

"Are you psychic or something? Thank you."

Picking it up, she proceeded to drink all of it at once. Setting the empty glass back on the table, she motioned to the silent server to bring them more. Once that was done, she would inhale her glass of water again. Maybe it would be better to get a pitcher. Not thinking of that though, she would just drink it a glass at a time.

Having the water probably gave him the time he needed to put his thoughts into words. Listening to what he said, she nodded. Xale had earned everything he had and then claimed she already helped him. The only thing she had done was save him from getting beat up. Hardly anything in her book.

Glancing at the server, he got the message. Bringing over another glass, he set a menu on the table. Making a few motions to Nova, she understood what he said. Turning her attention back to her companion, she pointed to the menu.

"Because of my dance, we can eat anything we want. We brought business and money to the establishment. I would suggest this."

Saying the name of the food, it was a beef stew type meal served on top of rice and had potatoes. Ordering her own food, the server waited silently until Xale ordered his and walked away.

"He can't speak, but can hear just fine."

It would be a few minutes before their food arrived and while they waited they could talk more. Holding up a hand, she motioned to the desert outside of the walls.

"You might offer me freedom, but what about food, clothing, and roof over my head? All I know how to be is what I am. Unless I am mistaken, I'm pretty sure you can figure out what that is."

All it would take was a glance to her current state of dress or lack of it to figure it out. Everything was in his eyes. While he said he did not want her to continue, his eyes told her he did. Blinking at him, he might be able to tell she was thinking.

"What good will I be for you? What do I have to offer?"

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It had been, something of a mix. Xale couldn't fully explain what had drawn him in, only that it did and that it was a very profound feeling. It wasn't really something he could directly express with specific thoughts or words, so he didn't bother to try. But it was certainly there and it showed in his reactions.

"No psychic powers here. Just good eyes and ears." Xale said with a chuckle and wave of his hand.

Xale was not overly surprised by how she inhaled the water, figuring that was probably to be expected. He knew he would be thirsty after being that close to hot flame for that extended period of time. Though that did bring up the curious thought of if her flames could hurt her?

He was about to ask something along those lines when the server walked over with a menu, taking a curious glance at it only to realize he could not read it. Well, it was a different kingdom with a different language, so that was probably not a surprising thing. "I will take your suggestion then." Xale said, giving the server a nod and taking a few short sips from his own water.

When Nova resumed their last conversation, he set the water somewhat a bit further away from himself as he considered her questions. They were good questions that considered not just the now, but the future.

"I will start with your last question first." He said, Xale pausing for a moment and observing her for a few long moments before he began to speak his mind.

"Do you not put your own natural gift in your eyes? I do not mean your body Nova, i mean your magic. I am no Mage nor a special in any particular way, but i can tell you that magic is a sought after gift by many. As far as i can tell, to dance with and use it in such ways means your skill and control with it can not small. How could i not wish to recruit someone capable of wielding fire in such a way? I command many strong men, yet none could command a flame to jump at his whims. Whether using it for combat or for any other number of purposes that required controlled levels of fire and heat."

It was then that Xale paused his ranting for a few moments to take a drink of water and let his words sink in. He kept a careful eye on her expression to see how Nova reacted to his words before he continued to speak.

"As for food, shelter and clothes, if you were to join me those would be taken care of. I would also be paying you, as i do all of those in my little band of soldiers. In return, i would require your service. As for what those requirements would look like, you could expect to be doing similar things to what you are doing right now for your caravan. Going out to town and purchasing required materials. But also trained to fight and command your flames in any number of ways that could be useful and practical."

In truth, there were far more uses Xale had in mind for her ability to control flame than just fighting. But for now it was the quickest way of getting her to understand that Nova did have actual worth to him and others outside of her body.

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His answer caused Nova to shake her head slightly. He said he wasn't psychic, but it wouldn't surprise her if he was lying. Not questioning him though, she let the subject drop. If it happened again, she might start to doubt what he said.

Their food was ordered and the server left to get it ready for them. While they waited, the conversation continued. Her thirst was slaked for the moment and she didn't touch the new water as she listened to his answers. Picking on her last question first, she tilted her head a little and looked confused.

"It is also to come considered a curse. Some places even crucify you or kill you on the street because of your skill. We're not like that here."

Giving him a look that wasn't quite dirty when he mentioned using her skill for combat, that wasn't something she wanted to think of. Xale would have a greater understanding of what that meant. Nova only used it for entertainment purposes. Though she wasn't entirely opposed to learning more and expanding her horizons. This man might just be able to do that for her.

"And if the services are given freely? One only needs clothes, food, and shelter."

Lifting an eyebrow when he told her that she would basically be doing the same thing as she already was.

"I can do that here for you, but outside of this land, I would be an outsider. Who says, I would be able to communicate with them?"

Her interest was perked and he would be able to tell that. Both from her words and how she was acting. Body language spoke sometimes more than words and she sat open to having this conversation with Xale.

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"A curse, some think of it that way sure. Even so, i am not such a man as you can tell. Though there are indeed such places, with my and my own you would not need to fear such people. A band of sixty Warriors may not be great, but neither would most choose to bother us over one person."

Though, his words assumed they were thinking with logic and reason. Xale himself knew that was far from a guarantee, but at the same time people who did act in such ways were not overly hard to deal with either.

"They would not be given freely. I pay those who work for me and i am no stranger to rewarding those who go above and beyond in their assigned duties. Your pay would be more than enough for food and clothes, eight Imperial Silvers a week. As for shelter my group tends to stay on the move, being Mercenaries and all. Long as you do not mind sleeping under a tent. To put it in another way, i am a believer of investing in human capital. Not as in slaves or purchasing people, but finding those who have talents or skills and giving them the ability to expand those talents. Though, my means to do such as of now are somewhat limited."

In all honesty, he believed in doing more than just selectively rearing specific people to be skilled and able people. But that particular dream of his was so far off from where Xale now stood that he did not even bother mentioning it. Nova might manage to detect a hint of passion in how he spoke, about finding and leading those with talent.

"Perhaps you can, perhaps you can not. You can at least speak with me quite well and i come from the Empire, knowing nothing of this land. Being part of a caravan and having traveled as much as i expect you have, i am sure you know far more of the continent than i do by any means. And even if we come to a place that you know nothing of, i would not view taking you on as a loss. That would not be the only reason for hiring you after all."

Xale was not completely surprised by her reaction to suggesting she use her ability to attack others. Given how she had been 'raised', such thoughts likely never entered her mind.

"If you are averse to using your ability to injure people Nova, there are plenty of other means. Ignoring things as simple as starting a camp fire, depending on how it works. If you can control flame that is already there or generate ones with enough heat, i can see that being a great boon to a blacksmith who has to carefully control the temperature of his forge to shape and forge iron and steel. Certainly would make my armorer happy."

Xale added the last part with a wry, almost boyish grin as he recalled the many complaints about how often they were on the move and how many issues he had getting everything he needed.

"Then there is other things. Like making ships. They have to cut long sections of wooden boards, then let them dry and burn them to seal them against the weather. It is a slow and painstaking process that requires a fair degree of precision and control over the fire used. Though i am not in the business of ship making, i say this to just give you an idea of ways you can use your own abilities."

He said the last part to try and get Nova's own mind thinking. About her place in the world, where she wanted to go with it and how far she could go. In Xale's mind, once that seed of thought was planted, the rest would take care of itself. Or at least, so he himself thought.

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For a short period, the conversation continued on about magic and Nova shrugged just slightly. It didn't matter too much to her, at the moment what his opinion of magic users was. He wasn't a danger to her and accepted her ability. More than accepted, he wanted to use it. What surprised her more were his suggestions. To help others in a way that did not require her to fight. Something for her to give serious thought to.

"What would I do with money? I have no need for it. As you said, you already provide food, clothes, and shelter. All I need to do is help you."

Perhaps Nova was being dense or she really did not feel she required payment. Maybe it was a bit of both. Having grown up feeling worthless, she had no real idea of how much value her skills had or what potential they had.

"This is my home. Here I have done a lot of travel. From one end to the other and one side to the other. I am familiar here, but outside of this nation, I am not. Caravan life is normal and totally acceptable."

Then he said her social ability wouldn't be the only reason he hired her. Lifting one eyebrow, a now cool hand came out and unless he pulled away, she would lightly run it down his cheek.

"Is that so?"

She had not pressed him before and she didn't this time. There was no tension with her, but she had sensed it from him earlier. Not trying to push herself onto him, she knew just what might happen if she did. If anything happened, it would be at his instigation, not hers alone.

"How about a trial or a short journey together? I don't feel good just walking away from the life I know entirely, Xale. We'll see how well we got along on the road. Your band, you and me. We can work together for a time and see what happens."

Their food was then brought along with a pitcher for them to drink. Thanking the silent server, he walked away and she told Xale how to eat his food.

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Internally, Xale could not deny that he was somewhat frustrated by her lack of interest in how to use this natural potential she had. He had been borne with no particular talent and while his expanded senses helped, ultimately they would not effect the dream he was chasing after. Magic though, that could have changed everything. Even so, Xale was not so immature as to let that show or affect their conversation and he washed those thoughts down with a long drink of water as Nova spoke.

After she had made the proposal of travelling together for some time, Xale did not immediately respond. Instead he looked down at his cup of water with a thoughtful look, weighing something in the back of his mind before speaking.

"That would be fine with me. Me and my men are guarding a merchant caravan that arrived by sea from the Empire, bound for the Abori Oasis. If all goes well, we shall be leaving in three to four days. From what i hear, there are more than a few bandits in the area. I fully expect to encounter at least a handful of skirmishes on the way there, so i can't say it will be safe by any means."

With those words, Xale chose to let rest his long winded words and explanations. Personal experience was going to be convincing than any words he could muster. Well, that was what he hoped at least. Thankfully this natural pause in the conversation came at a good time, as the food they had ordered earlier arrived to be set before them.

"We are at a Inn on the other side of town right now, the 'Moldy Crow'. If you are looking for me, just ask anyone with this emblem." He said, bringing out a emblem that had his Companies standard on it. A White background with two blue swords crossed over a black shield. Then, he turned his attention to the food that had arrived before them.

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