The Great Library of Palanthas

An Aesthetic shows you to a small reading room.

Stories of Ansalon from the view of Jagar.

A little gully dwarf runs by and says 'Wordwrap Off 65 80.'
The gully continues 'Eyes hurt? Turn Color OFF!! (regular story dates)

Astinus says 'Enter the main library here to view only the author list.'
Astinus gently places a large book on the table in front of you.
You note the spine bears the word 'Jagar' scribed in blue ink.



Author:  Jagar
Date    Tue Aug 30 03:08:21 2005
Stamp   1125389301
Subject  Mercenary.


The winter winds raged outside, but within the walls of the small, dilapidated
tavern, the fury of the storm was not felt.  It was late november and it would
be many months before the first hints of spring approaching dared to peek
through the murky, dastardly land. The double doors to the tavern opened, the
chill of the wind rampaging in like a starving pack of wolves ready to make
the kill. Just behind it a tall, dark man appeared. He approached the bar
cooly, his footsteps making no noise, and his shadowed face revealing nothing.

Jagar shivered with anticipation and inched forward, slowly peeking over the
northern tip of the bar, he was as careful as an excited youth can be, and was
not seen.  At the same time the barmaid turned to her newfound patron and
said, "What can I get you tonight stranger?"  He did not utter a single word,
but pointed at a an oak barrel behind the bar.  The barmaid understood and
brought him a pint of ale.  As the man slowly drained his mug he pulled out a
large bag, full of coins, he slapped one on the table and winked at Jagar. 
Jagar ducked under the bar realizing he had been seen and not wanting to draw
attention from the barmaid, his mother.

A moment later two large men approached the quiet man; "What is your name and
what business have you here?" said the smaller of the two.  The quiet man
ignored him and took another drink.  The larger of the two raised his eyebrows
and spoke loudly, "Who are you and why are you here?"  Again the quiet man
said nothing. This agitated the large man, as he was not used to being
ignored. He placed his hand on the shoulder of the quiet man and said, "Answer
me or I will wring an answer of out you."  Hearing these words, the barmaid
spoke, quietly and frightened, almost begging, "Please, we don't want any
trouble, let him be."  The smaller of the two men reached for the sword
hanging at his side and began to speak, "Stay out of..." and with that, he
fell to the floor, dead.  The large mans eyes widened with suprise, and then
he too fell to the floor. The barmaid let out a little yelp and the quiet man
turned around, wiped his blades clean and sat back down. Finally, he spoke,
"Leave me be," was all he said.

A short while later an old, familiar, man came in. He scanned the room and
found the two dead bodies were still on the floor, and for some reason, it
seemed this pleased the old man.  He moved over to them, removed the few
valuable items they had on them and then sat down next to the quiet man.

The barmaid was very shaken and did not know what she should do, this man was
a local and not the sort she expected would loot two dead corpses in a tavern.
 The old man realized she was confused and said, "Sometimes sacrifices have to
be made to bring order where there is chaos."  The barmaid did not understand
but tried to smile as if she did.  The old man sighed and turned to the quiet
man, who was now facing him.

He reached into a satchel hanging at his side and withdrew several small money
pouches and a black crystal.

He placed the items on the bar, stood up, and bowed akwardly.  The quiet man
took the items and was gone before the old man could say a word.

Jagar had moved to the other side of the bar somehow and had been watching and
listening the whole time, but finally the barmaid spotted him. She smacked him
with the mug she was holding and said, "Go into the back room and don't come
out until I tell you to."  Jagar said, "Who...er..what was that man?" His
mother hit him with the mug again and said, "It doesn't matter, do as you're
told."  The old man scoffed and said, "He was a mercenary I hired, those two
had to be dealt with."  Jagar's mother turned to hit him again so that he'd do
as he was told, but found he was already gone.  Jagar had all the information
he wanted, for now. That night he decided that one day he too would be a
mercenary.

The Storytellers of Ansalon, The DragonLance MUD

Astinus points to the massive wall of books behind him and bids you to make a selection.


Authors: All|A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M|N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

Astinus sighs as he recants 'We saved 803 books from Ansalon from before the great Cataclysm through today.'
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