Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1.   Posted by The Storyteller.Group: 0
Gwendolyn
 player, 32 posts
 Apprentice Medicine Woman
Sun 29 Jan 2017
at 14:31
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
Gwendolyn nodded and took a deep breath. She had a bit of sweat on her brow but she did not move to wipe at it just yet. Instead she needed to focus on the task at hand. It was simply the way of things. Or at least for her. Sometimes it felt like the Old Witch could do everything that she did so very effortlessly, but it wasn't that way for Gwendolyn. She had to focus as much as she could, even when she was pretending not to. She swiped the blade almost obsessively, doing her best to watch each and every stroke of her work. She replied as she kept working on the blade. "Perhaps I aided my father in sharpening his scythe when he was younger?" She said with a slight head tilt of curiosity. Her childhood was all sort of blurring together by now...maybe she had but forgotten about it. Either way she focused on her work for the moment. She did as he instructed for the most part, watching with a careful eye and listening to his suggestions for improvement.
Jayfie
 player, 23 posts
 Apprentice Blacksmith
Sun 29 Jan 2017
at 19:28
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
" Probably you did". Jayfie said. It seemed that Gwendolyn didn't remember much about her past." It seems you have finished". He continued while taking the Scythe from Gwendolyn." It is a really good job". He added while inspecting Gwendolyn's work." Now it's time to take the burr off. Do you want to do it or should I?".
Gwendolyn
 player, 33 posts
 Apprentice Medicine Woman
Sun 29 Jan 2017
at 22:29
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
Gwendolyn shrugged a tiny bit in response. She didn't understand where all of the praise was coming from. She wasn't doing that good of a job right? She was only doing as instructed. Was following instructions really hard for most people? Regardless she nodded back to him and handed him the blade. "I think that I learn well by watching, and that sounds like an important step. I shall let you do it." She said, staring close at both the man and his actions to take the burr off the blade. Just what was he going to do? And what was she going to learn here? She paid close attention and nodded. This was a most curious interaction, although on some level she wondered why he had chosen her. Was it because she had a good showing at the practice fields maybe?
Jayfie
 player, 24 posts
 Apprentice Blacksmith
Sun 29 Jan 2017
at 23:35
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
" I'll do it then". Said Jayfie. He was sure Gwendolyn could do it. Was she unsure maybe?." It isn't too difficult... Once you have sharpened the blade just sit the whetstone on the edge and go down" . He continued. It was an easy part, easier than sharpening and soon he finished." Alright, we're finished". He said as he watched the entire blade." Now, we should test it". He added and then he went outside.
Amalia
 player, 17 posts
 Farmer's Daughter
Mon 30 Jan 2017
at 13:52
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
Amalia was very pleased that everyone seemed to be enjoying lunch. Even though she aspired to more than the simple life of a housewife, she did pride herself on her cooking. It was something she was good at, and the number of items on that list was not very long. She smiled at Jack, and answered "Thank you, Jack. I'm glad you like it." She made eye contact with him for a bit, holding it slightly longer than she really intended to, finally looking away when he continued to speak.

She had finished her meal and seeing how a couple of their compatriots had already left to help Father, she started to clear dishes off of the table. Returning to the table, she heard Jack and Stewart discussing meat. "We would always be willing to trade for your mutton, right Mother?" she responded, turning momentarily to her mother but not giving her a chance to answer. "We have more vegetables than we could ever eat." She paused for a second before looking at Stewart. "And maybe I can help you prepare your cured meats. They could end up tasting better and be less salty. Only if you want, of course." She certainly didn't want to impose on him, but since everyone seemed to be in a helping mood right now, she wanted to share what she knew as well.
Norman
 NPC, 4 posts
 Farmer
Mon 30 Jan 2017
at 14:31
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
Norman nearly bumped into Jayfie as he was exiting the workshop with the newly repaired scythe, the two large men both obviously unaccustomed to encountering someone of a similar size.  "Aye lad, done so soon?  I was just coming out to check your progress," he said, smiling broadly as he saw the finished tool in the blacksmith's hands.  "Well it certainly looks a fair bit improved - let's go see what she can do!"

OOC:  Jayfie, roll against your Repair skill, target 6.  If you succeed, your repair was so successful that the tool is basically as good as new, and I'll award an advancement point to your Repair skill.  If you fail, it's still repaired, but it will probably only last the rest of the season.  In your next post, you can address the result of your roll by letting Norman know what to expect as he tests it out.
Jack
 player, 18 posts
 Shepherd
Mon 30 Jan 2017
at 16:48
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
"Sure, trading some of it to get it cured is something we'll need to do anyway. But the trading here is so we get some variety. Can't live on meat alone, you know."
Jack said, smiling back at Stewart. He could recognize a fellow joker challenging him when he met one. It'd been too long since he last had a prank battle. And there would be rich opportunity since they'd be doing the training together. "Won't do much difference in how many are slaughtered, I'm afraid. We have to cull them down to a certain number to ensure they don't graze so much that the grass dies, and to make sure that the feed'll last for the winter. But this way hopefully no meat will go to waste. It's all a careful balance, really. Plus, as I said, delicious variety in vegetables." He added, smiling at Amalia. He'd happily caught some of her looks during the dinner, making him a bit jumpy and giddy inside. All carefully hidden behind his carefree facade, only giving away his own interest in his smiles. Wouldn't do to seem too eager. She was a serious girl. Acting like a giddy 14 year old would likely turn her away. He had to carefully find the right mix of joking, slacking and seriousness. All a careful balance, really.
Jayfie
 player, 25 posts
 Apprentice Blacksmith
Mon 30 Jan 2017
at 18:08
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
11:42, Today: Jayfie rolled 9 using 1d12.  Skill - Repairing.

" I was going to test it by miself but since you're here you can do it". Said Jayfie as he handed the Scythe to its owner." We did a good job even without much time". He said while pointing to Gwendolyn who was coming out from the shed." This girl did a good work sharpening the blade". He continued." But it isn't the keen edge of a new one that's for sure. I couldn't fill in all the nicks and dents". The blacksmith added. He hadn't heaten the metal and this had affected his performance and thus the blade's edge wasn't the best. Gwendolyn had done a good job even in those circumstances." This scythe will probably cut with ease but it won't last the whole year". He said." Probably it will last until the season ends".

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Stewart
 player, 24 posts
 Trapper
Mon 30 Jan 2017
at 19:02
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
Stewart's face blushed when Amalia made her comment. "I suppose your right about the flavor. It was always Dad's area of expertise. He was going to teach me when I was older." There is a slight pause after Stewart's comment as he looked down at his shoes in a moment of self-reflection. During this pause, he listened to Jack's response.
"It sounds like quite a trade. I'd be happy to help Amalia to cure her meat for the winter month's if she can help me with the flavor. Also, Jack, I had not realized so much balance went into a shepherd's life. Here I thought all Sheppard's did was nap, in sunny fields, and write hopeless love songs." He smiled back at Jack. He hardly got to interact with people and especially those around his age. "All this training seems to be bringing me more Fortune then I could have imagined."

He looked around the room. Amalia's brother's had yet to respond to his inquiry but he was in doubt they would give him an answer. "I wonder if the other's have fixed your father's scythe yet?" Stewart questioned as he looked toward's Amalia.
Gwendolyn
 player, 34 posts
 Apprentice Medicine Woman
Mon 30 Jan 2017
at 19:18
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
Gwendolyn was a little distracted for the moment as the man entered the room again. She was thinking about how this new knowledge could help her, both in how it would aid her in repairing her equipment and now the techniques she learned could be applied to other fields. Even so far it appeared that her trip out into the village was bearing fruit. She would have much to tell her mistress about when she returned to the hut, that much was for certain. Gwendolyn had expected to get nothing out of this trip more than a tiring training session of stick fighting, but fate apparently would continue to surprise her. She curtsied politely to the farmer as he went to get ready and test the blade. She stretched her neck left and right quietly as they spoke on the matter. She waved her head from side to side after the compliment again. Why was he so intent on that? "Please. Leave any praise for yourself Jayfie. All I did was only due to your careful instruction." She said with a sage nod.

She did look to the man again and nodded. "Speaking of which I thank you for the help and expert instruction. I'm sure that what you have taught me today will be helpful in the future." When they needed to make more serious repairs of their tools, they often had to trade with one of the local blacksmiths. And people tended not to want to trade with them in good times, so having a bit more ability to handle things herself would be most certainly useful.
Jack
 player, 19 posts
 Shepherd
Mon 30 Jan 2017
at 22:12
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
"Oh no no no, Shepherds are much more important than that. Kingdoms have risen and fallen on the whim of shepherds." Jack said, sounding completely serious.
"That's why we created the Shepherd's Brotherhood, to ensure that villages always have competent shepherd families."
He leaned forward conspiratorically, his voice now a loud mock-whisper.
"In fact, we're so good at our jobs that many a king has brought his might down on us. Rulers don't like groups with too much clout, you know? That's why it's a shepherd'd duty to make it look like all he does is sleep in the sun and guard the sheep. REally shouldn't be telling this, but I trust you guys to keep mum about it.

That also happens to be why all the best stories about heroic peasants rising up against tyrant kings always involve either the hero himself being a shepherd or a shepherd aiding him in his quest. It's all a careful balance." He aded, leaning back with satisfaction. Oh he knew that they knew he was full of it. But that was all a really good story was. A person with imagination getting full of it. Besides, the village children all loved hearing his "secret" stories about brave shepherds and their adventures.
Jayfie
 player, 26 posts
 Apprentice Blacksmith
Mon 30 Jan 2017
at 23:05
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
" You're welcome lass". Jayfie said." If you want to learn something else about blacksmithing just tell me and I'll be glad to help you". He continued. Then he turned to Norman who was testing the blade's edge. " So, is the scythe sharp or not?".
Stewart
 player, 25 posts
 Trapper
Tue 31 Jan 2017
at 00:51
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
"Hmmmm, I had heard most hero shepherds were known for their ability to shear wool." said Stewart with a slight grin. He shot a glance outside the window before he turned to the Mother. "Thank you, Amalia's Mother, for the meal. I'm going to check on the others real quick but I may be headed back to my home soon. It's getting later than planned and my Mother maybe missing me"

Stewart leaned forward and picked up what was left of the meat he had brought and re-tied the sack. Putting it in his bag before he headed out the door. Looking over his shoulder. "Besides, I have a few more chores I put off until this evening."
The Storyteller
 GM, 20 posts
Tue 31 Jan 2017
at 13:32
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
Amalia's mother smiled at Stewart's thanks.

"It's Elizabeth, and you're quite welcome," she said as she wiped her hands on her apron.  "And Benjamin, the trapper asked you a question," she added, looking at her youngest son with motherly reproach.

"I, uh, I'll have to check with Da," Benjamin mumbled, rising from the table and quickly exiting the room with his older brother.  Elizabeth sighed and gave Stewart an apologetic look.

"For as outgoing as Norman is, he didn't seem to pass that trait onto our boys."
Norman
 NPC, 5 posts
 Farmer
Tue 31 Jan 2017
at 13:32
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
Norman swung his newly repaired scythe in a practiced motion, trimming the nearby wheat stalks to the ground.

"I'd say so, lad!" he said to Jayfie, nodding his thanks.  "I'm mighty grateful for your help - I hate having to make a trip in the middle of harvest like this, so just being able to finish the season without needing a new one will be worth a lot to me.  I'll even head plan to head south and buy my next scythe from you!

Norman paused and cocked his head to one side, as though a thought had just occurred to him.  "In fact, by way of payment for this repair job, I'd like to offer you lodging anytime you're in Harkshire.  I assume you're planning to stay until ol' Thaddeus is done with his training, yes?"
Amalia
 player, 18 posts
 Farmer's Daughter
Tue 31 Jan 2017
at 14:11
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
Amalia chuckled and shook her head at Jack's comments. He was still as silly as ever, but there was something endearing about him. She could see why so many of the other girls around the village were smitten with him. Of course, if Father knew that thought had even passed through her mind, she would be forbidden to return to the group. There was no way that he would chance having his only daughter fall under the wastrel's spell.

She turned toward Stewart as he began to leave. "I would be happy to assist when you prepare your meats when you are ready. Perhaps we can learn something from each other." She continued cleaning up the table as her brothers went back outside to continue their work. "I'm glad everyone enjoyed lunch," she said to no one in particular.

Once Stewart went outside, the only ones left in the house were Jack, Amalia, and her mother. Turning to Jack, Amalia commented "I have more chores to do. And I'm sure you need to tend to your sheep... or take down a king, or something." A sly smile came to her face, and she let out a little chuckle. Apparently, the serious farm girl did have a sense of humor.
Jayfie
 player, 27 posts
 Apprentice Blacksmith
Tue 31 Jan 2017
at 17:20
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
" Thanks for your generosity". Said Jayfie with a nod." I'll accept your offer sir". The blacksmith continued." If there's any other tool you need to repair just tell me and I'll be glad to help you".
Stewart
 player, 26 posts
 Trapper
Tue 31 Jan 2017
at 18:46
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
Stewart smiled in response to Elizabeth before heading out the door. It wasn't that long ago that someone could say Stewart was even shyer than Benjamin. He passed through the door and to the field where he saw Norman practicing with the Scythe. He whistled as he saw the Scythe slide through the wheat leaving only the stubs of stalks in its wake.

"You know Jayfie I might have to bring by some of my knives to see if they can get the same treatment." Stewarts said with a hint of admiration. "I try to keep them sharp myself but as of late it has been hard to keep them up to my Ma's standards."
Jayfie
 player, 28 posts
 Apprentice Blacksmith
Tue 31 Jan 2017
at 20:06
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
"You can bring them to me Stewart". Jayfie said." And I'll try my best to reach your mother standards". He added with a grin.
Gwendolyn
 player, 36 posts
 Apprentice Medicine Woman
Tue 31 Jan 2017
at 20:14
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
Gwendolyn watched the discussion between the smith and the farmer out of a bit of curiosity. She was wondering if she had actually done a good job, or if the smith had merely been mistaken. Of course she hoped for the former, but there was always a chance. After all, even with her little bit of practice with the smith, she was far from an expert or anything like that. She was below even the skill of a novice. But still, hearing that she and the smith had done a good job was rather encouraging. Was this how all smiths and creators felt when their work was admired like that? It was different than the sort of thanks she got when she and the Old Crone helped deliver a child or brought medicine. She stretched her neck left and right as she looked around the area.

As far as she could tell the conversations were tapering off, even if Jack seemed to be spinning another one of his stories. Still though, even going home now she had to admit that she would not regret having come here. She had eaten a fine meal, enjoyed the companionship of others, and had even trained in multiple disciplines. This was most definitely a day she would remember for some time. Something told her that her body would be remembering it tonight as well. While she was learning more from the training, that also meant that her muscles would be sore and tired. She looked to the others and made a quick bow. "Thank you all for the meal and for the companionship, both at lunch and at training. If no one else needs me, I do have other duties to attend to." She said calmly. She would leave the scene if nobody else had anything to say to her. She made a special nod towards Jayfie. "Thank you for the training as well, I'm sure that it will be quite useful in the future."

After that she would leave. It was her fate as an apprentice to the old witch. She was to be part of the village...but also outside of it. Quite literally in this case.
Stewart
 player, 28 posts
 Trapper
Tue 31 Jan 2017
at 22:56
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
Stewart returned the grin and nodded to Gwendolyn as she made her way from the Farm. He turned back to Jayfie. Still smiling in reply to Jayfie, "I will have to see if I can bring them by tomorrow but I warn you," pointing a finger in his direction ",She can be very hard to please. Is there anything you would need from me as well?"
Jayfie
 player, 28 posts
 Apprentice Blacksmith
Wed 1 Feb 2017
at 15:17
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
" Bye Gwendolyn, hope to see you tomorrow". Jayfie said, then turning to Stewart." No, I don't need anything else besides a whetstone and I saw a couple in Norman's shed". He said as he tried to remember the shed's interior.
Stewart
 player, 29 posts
 Trapper
Wed 1 Feb 2017
at 19:20
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
"Sounds fair." Stewart responded. Depending on the quality of the work my mother may want to give you something in return. Or at least I will try if she doesn't"

With that, he waved goodbye to Jayfie and nodded towards Norman. "Thank you for having us over. We will make sure that your daughter gets the most out of her training." He waits for Norman's response before nodding and then turning around to head home.
Norman
 NPC, 6 posts
 Farmer
Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 17:34
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
Norman looked up from his harvesting to return Stewart's nod.

"I'll hold you to that, hear?  I understand you were one of the faster learners this morning."

He returned to his work as his sons came outside to continue collecting the harvested stalks of grain.
Jack
 player, 20 posts
 Shepherd
Fri 3 Feb 2017
at 01:31
Humble Beginnings - Chapter 1
"No, I think I'll hold of on the king for now. He's doing a pretty good job, from what our network tells me. The sheep WILL need me, though. Leave 'em alone for too long and one will get into trouble, the others following right along like... Well, like sheep." Jack retorted with a chuckle. "It was a pleasure being your guest. I'll see you at training tomorrow, Amalia." He added with a warm smile, before following the others in saying their goodbyes and leaving.
He thanked Amalia's parents and praised them for the food and their lovely home, then turned to the others as they started splitting up.
"Welp, I'll see you fellows tomorrow as well. This was pretty fun, though i hope we'll have opportunity to do more festive events together in the future. I could see this group of ours turning into something highly enjoyable. Either for us or those around us." He quipped, before waving the others off and starting home, singing merrilly and twirling his crook around in his hand much more adroitly than he'd managed when there was a reason for it during training.

"~A-rovin' doh, a-rovin' doh, I will go a-rovin' doh.~
~The wind may blow and the snow may snow, but I will go a-rovin...~"
He sang, his voice getting fading as he crested the first hill on the road.