The Green Eye of the Forest

The Path

“I don’t know. Nothing seems to be the way I expected it to be.”
“How so?”
“Well, I mean, I set out from Fusil with the intention of doing something grand. Something special. Making a difference. We stood against the oppressive nobles and twisted Chilaxian politicians. It was all so simple. We fought on the side of right. But now, now it’s complicated. The Revolution is over and the good guys won. But are we really the good guys? I’m told my brother Franz joined the rebellion same as me and now maybe he’s dead. Is that my doing? Did he join because I did?”
“It’s only complicated if you let it be. If your brother joined it’s because he felt it was the right thing to do. If you inspired him to do that then you should be proud. Your soul will guide you on what is the right path to take. You need to trust in that.”
“That’s easy for you to say. These are tumultuous times now that everything has changed. The choices before me, the people that expect things from me. I don’t know who I can trust.”
“Tell me about them.”
“Well, okay. After the army found me and brought me back to Almas they charged me with desertion. It’s crazy, I wouldn’t desert. I didn’t desert. I believed in the cause. I don’t remember where I went or why but I’m sure I left for a good reason. So when this Major Heidern cleared my name I was grateful but also wary. Admittedly my mind seems to be playing tricks on me lately but that doesn’t change that the Major just seems off somehow. I can’t put my finger on what it is about him but honestly he scares me. Anyway he expected me to start working for him, tracking people down and judging them or something. Like a bounty hunter. It didn’t feel right when he recruited me and it still doesn’t feel right now, but he is my superior officer I guess. My first job he’s sent me off with a paladin of Iomadae named Lady Oathae and his creepy daughter Lt. Leona to find a man in Bellis. This guy sounds like a monster but supposedly he’s been pardoned by the new government. Goddess, I don’t even now what to call the new government. Are we a republic? A democracy? Anyway, I’m getting off topic. We were joined for the journey by an old acquaintance of mine from Fusil named Rekel and we set off.”
“The paladin is pure of heart but your instincts may well be right about the monk and his daughter and there are things you don’t know about your friend Rekel”
“See, like I said, things are complicated. Anyway, back to my story. We hadn’t gotten all that far when we spotted somebody floating face down in the surf. I dove in to try and save them but as I drew close I could see they were clearly dead. Of course, that didn’t stop the corpse from attacking me. I got bit and it made me sick, the paladin cured me fortunately. The next day after I was feeling better we searched around to see if there were anymore of the undead creatures. We found one and I expected to destroy it but Lady Oathae convinced us to let it go. I never expected that. I can see her argument for giving it the benefit of the doubt but if even righteous paladins of the holy lady are showing mercy to flesh-eating monsters what is this world coming to?”
“I’m not going to tell you everything is black and white. But you and I both know there is right and wrong. Furthermore, I have no doubt you will know it when you see it. We always have.”
“I guess. I mean, I hope your right Davos.”
“I am. For now why don’t you wake the tiefling. Your watch is over and you could use some sleep before you continue on your path. I feel the Dawnflower is leading us closer to finding Rynn.”



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