Message to Advisor
Jacob, this vest you have given me is a thing of magic and wonder. I find myself pondering on its function more so than the fact that it works. Such a gift I find myself almost unable to accept and yet what little help I can get these days is a welcomed sight.
I find myself bringing grim news to you concerning my day. While it is true that I was able to secure myself an abode and earn me a small amount of coin cooking part time at the tavern, I took it upon myself to venture out into the town to discover more of what little I knew.
I explored many an establishment with all manner of folk ready to take my coin for their wares and services. But then I came across one place that was run by a strange woman in all manners of context by the name of Lady Fluke. Instead of coin she was interested in something she called Pretty Pebbles. She regarded them as her own currency as no other place in town would honor such a base substance.
For my first time introducing myself to her she offered to open up an account with me in order to save and earn these pretty pebbles. As a reward she had given me just one of them. With it, I spent it to allow her to grant me a skill through magical means that would allow me to run with greater haste than before. Such a skill I felt was needed should I come across a situation that required me to avoid dangerous men or beasts.
In my confidence, I inquired about any tasks she may have for me and she was very welcoming in explaining that she had tasks for all manner of newcomers. In my lack of foresight I took her up on this and she asked me to swear not to divulge what she was going to show me. After agreeing and leading me elsewhere, I started my task.
Without going into to much detail I found myself trying to answer a riddle that was not a riddle, pertaining to information I had not the answer for. As reward some of my coin had been taken. In my frustration I decided to leave only to come across a dog sized rat. Realizing that I had not armor nor a weapon, I tried my best to slay the beast. While I was victorious against one, another had quickly taken its place and in turn showed my no quarter.
Death is not something I would calm to have enjoyed and being of sound mind and body I knew ahead of time such a thing was not for me, yet there I was felled by a beast that was lesser than me, yet enough sense to teach me a great lesson had I remained alive.
Be it fate or the hidden magic that lay dormant in me, a being as fearsome as death itself approached me and spoke. While I could not clearly remember his words he was clear in his intent. Lost between two worlds the being offered me a choice for my spirit could not linger forever within the abyss. I could pass on into the afterlife and forgo the mortal world and whatever destiny that laid before me or return for a small price.
Without hesitation I requested that I return without truly understanding what that price was. The next thing I knew I found myself waking up in an alleyway far from my original location. I could already hear the people in the streets whisper my name secretly to themselves about my death and strange return. No doubt such whispers would devalue my reputation.
Once I recovered from my otherworldly journey I discovered the price the reaper had taken in exchange for my life. A part of my soul was diminished from its once complete whole.
I traveled to back to my abode to rest, contemplating whether or not my soul was worth my life, considering how reckless I was with it. In hindsight I should have purchased arms and armor for whatever I was to face, be it rat dogs or a customer in need of a good meal.
After resting I discovered that the same Lady Fluke that sent me on my way could also have the ability to restore my lost soul fragment. However she required pretty pebbles and to get those I needed to complete more tasks for her. Death truly is a great teacher.
At this point I will play the long game and secure my wealth through time and effort as I had done in the past. High risk for high reward is not a gamble I can afford if I am to become a ruler of kings.