Mary Castillian

Strix with a Bad Attitude

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The sun lingered harshly in the sky as sweat dripped from my brow. I drew a hand across my forehead and stood up straight. Leaning on my hoe I shaded my eyes and stared across the field. There was a haze in the air but I thought I could see shapes making their way towards me. I squinted my eyes and began to make out the forms of men wearing armor. I sprinted towards the village.
“THERE ARE ARMED MEN COMING” I yelled as I ran towards the center of town. Lazily the people roused themselves and came from their houses into the sweltering heat. They followed the sound of my yells to find me in frantic telling the elder what I had seen.
“Now now Mary, please calm yourself.” He said “We do not know if these people mean us harm”
“But they have swords and spears” I protested.
“ That is some cause for concern but you must calm yourself Mary; everything will be alright.” He said with a smile. “Now take the children and conceal yourselves in the hall well I welcome the visitors.”
I gathered the children into the back of the village hall. Time dragged by. I crept to the door and cracked it. There I saw our town elder talking to one of the men. They had their weapons drawn. Without warning the man stabbed the elder and his men cut down the people closest to him and began setting the village on fire.
I ran back to the children and gathered them up. We needed to get away. As we left from the back of town hall however we ran straight into the arms of two waiting men. That is the last thing I remember of the village.
When I awoke my hands were bound and a dirty gag was in my mouth. I was tied to a post. I looked around frantically but it was dark and I couldn’t see anything. I heard a voice then.
“One of thems is awake” it said. “Well knock it back out we don’t need no trouble” was the response. With that I felt something contact my head and everything was dark again.
Cold water was thrown in my face. I came to. My head throbbed from where I had been hit. “Gets up now” A man barked at me “It’s time for the auction.” I was ushered onto a stage and stripped in front a jeering crowd.
“Here we has a beautiful Elvish blooded human, the highest bidder gets to take this beauty home”
That was how I learned that I was to be a slave. I was bought by a fat rich man with his sausage fingers squeezed into tiny rings. He leaned close the my ear and whispered “I think you shall enjoy your new life.” His breath smelled of pickled garlic.
I lived in servitude to that disgusting man for many years. Until I eventually strangled him with his silk bedding and set fire to his manor.
I fled into the wilderness after that and survived off of half remembered skills taught to me in my childhood. I eventually made my way back to civilization a harder person. The world is a terrible place I had decided many years ago so why shouldn’t I be terrible too. I would live my life how I wanted and do what good and right. I would need money for that however and I didn’t have much of that.
That is until I heard of a vast treasure while drinking one night. Some fool was bragging at the tavern that he would be the richest man in the world soon. All thanks to a map he stole from a wizard. I put a knife between his ribs as I left the tavern that night and had a look at this map. I hadn’t had an adventure in a while so I thought why not. I’d look for this treasure. It should at least keep me occupied. The destination was the laughing forest.
There I hired a Vanara called Pokemp to help me find this treasure while in the forest. The search for this treasure would eventually take us to Cassomir. When there Pokemp pointed out an interesting poster.

Mary Castillian

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