We are in the Realm of Slaye’s dependents. This is the area around the palace of Cil (the surrounding town also called “Cil”). I am from one of the outlying villages. Each village tends to have one or two families that are minor gentry that tend to be in charge. I am an orphan, in proper Vancian style. I was raised by my grandfather, who is a herbalist. I would often accompany him on his journeys for plants. I learned and showed a penchant for finding minor treasures. In the woods I found my snake familiar. There was a fire in the dwelling, and my grandfather had to take out a loan to repair the dwelling and get supplies from the local gentry. My grandfather now needs 500 gold by midsummer (about 2 months). I have informed my grandfather I would help him repay the debt. He gives me a bag of herbs (imp stools, a type of mushroom) to take to the city to sell and providing me with operating funds.
Normally, it is 2 days to the city. There is a shortcut I can take by cutting through a leg of the forest. I choose to take the shortcut (time is of the essence).
The forest is overgrown with vines and branches and such. I hear a crashing through the woods and I hide, lying behind a fallen log. I peak over the log. I see, roughly 40’ away, is a boar the size of a horse. It has arrows sticking out of it and is foaming at the mouth. I fire an arrow and miss. I charges and hits, injuring me. I step back and shoot it with an arrow, damaging it. It lunges and misses and I put another arrow in it. I may hear something in the distance, coming from the same direction. It lunges again, hitting me, and I fall. I stabilize. I come to. There is a man, busy cutting the boar to pieces. I see my backpack and bow a short distance from me. I cast a heal spell and bring myself less negative but pass out again. I come back around again, in the same spot, and I smell a cooking fire and a roasting smell, something is cooking. I start to crawl towards my items. He notices I am awake and we commence to introductions. He does a healing check on me and brings me back to positive. He introduces himself as Gorgo (maybe change that). He offers to share the money from the meat from the boar (he will pocket the money from the tusks, his kill). We trudge towards Cil with the meat/ hide and tusks on a pack carried between us.