by AJ Marks
Part 1: A Lucky Encounter
Gwen walked down the street, trying to avoid people as much as possible. The last thing she wanted to encounter, a fighter who wanted to prove something to his, or her, buddies. While the chances of such a thing happening was small, she took no chances. Her own high fighting power meant any fights she was in might cause her to stand out. Up ahead she spotted the local market, another place she avoided if possible. The haggling, people, and thieves made her cringe. More than once some idiot tried to pick her pocket.
She made her way towards the inn, hoping it had room for the night. She arrived in the city in good time, and without any raiders. That surprised her. Usually they targeted her, only seeing a lone woman walking down the road and thinking they had an easy target. Many learned too late how powerful she was.
Inside the inn she noticed the clean atmosphere, along with the normal stares she always received. She paid it no mind and moved towards the bar, where the innkeeper stood, sizing her up. Her tall height, dark clothing, armor and sword always attracted attention.
“Need a room for the night,” Gwen stated to the innkeeper, leaning against the counter with a casual air. Continue reading…