The Flower in the Sepulcher

A link to the past...

I sat at the Full Quiver, my eyes gently gazing at the adventurers, wanderers, drifters, commoners, and mix of residents much as I always do. After adventuring for so long, seeing these weary travelers of all kinds come in and out does not faze or otherwise interest me to a notable degree. It came as quite as a surprise however, when a knightly figure affixed with a family crest on his armor strolled in with another companion.
“Vasilli?”
The mention of my name in conversation rattled me in a way battle had not. Confronting certain elements of my past can be.. difficult. Those who were a part of the Southern Rebellion must always be watchful of the Empire, but a traitor earns a certain disrespect and contempt, especially among paladin circles. I checked my eyes for an obfuscation spell once or twice before coming to the realization that the adventurer addressing me was none other than one of the famous companions of the Compass Rose, and, one of my old war companions… I obliged his greeting and took him up in conversation, and we agreed to meet later at the Full Quiver to discuss business.
The Lords of Exile, a group of ex-nobles and those against the Empire, were in the midst of amassing money and influence and one of their goals was to capture an uncharted outpost too large to send an army to, but too small for adventurers. I reminisced about the days of my path towards becoming a paladin – would I ever walk that path again? Would I take up my past, or perhaps simply help out the Lords to make some extra cash for the collective? Naheeda and Abad would surely jump at the chance for additional income, but perhaps they would not know what they were getting themselves into…
At the Full Quiver we took the job, and I conversed with Cyrus’s companion Mina for a while about our past. The woman has a short temper, but a good ear, and my crass attitude towards women perhaps merited a less than favorable response when I ditched her at customs some time ago… Alas, what is in the past is in the past. I would hope that based on our conversation she did not think I fancied Cyrus in more than a platonic way, though it is always difficult to discuss the finer points of thrusting and dancing in a way that is not, should one say…
Uh, anyway…

We helped out Lucio, the handsome young rogue with apparently some problems with money, in capturing a debt collector and taking him to our good ‘ol Smuggler’s friend, “No-Collar” Jack. Poor sack of crap had little recourse with the blade of one of Naheeda’s greatswords at his throat, though capturing him was not easy, and as we quickly found out capturing him gave us little leverage against Fat Sun, the debt collecting company from The Ermine Republic. Collateral belonging to Lucio was the real weapon against us here. Still we took a great deal of joy bringing him to Jack for questioning.
My main concern and interest at the moment is in confronting my past. I feel as though I will not be able to ignore it forever, and I must confront it at some point. As for what decision is best, I still do not know… for now, we head to the outpost.

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