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Journeys of a Buoyant Armiger (I) - Humility


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Journeys of a Buoyant Armiger (I) - Humility
"...I shall neither strut nor preen in vanity, but shall know and give thanks for my place in the greater world." -The Grace of Humility

The rainstorm left as swiftly as it came, the grey clouds dissipating in the night sky to make way for a new dawn upon Vvardenfell. Shallow pools of water dotted the grassy landscape and subtly reflected the sunlight upon the surrounding Ascadian fauna. Indeed there was a quiet serenity to it all, a peace that was seldom found on the isle.

Upon the road, a young dunmer clad in fine chitin armor made his way north to Balmora, smiling the entire way. He couldn’t quite help himself to do otherwise; after all he was overjoyed at his acceptance into the order of the Buoyant Armigers. It was a feat that had taken some number of years; lesson upon lesson, trial after trial. But now he could count himself among the knight-errant of Lord Vivec, and serve under the living god of the Tribunal.

A feeling of pride swelled within him as he thought of what he could accomplish now that he was a part of such a revered order. Perhaps in his first venture he would rescue a town from an evil necromancer; banishing foul undead minions and bringing swift justice to the wicked. Or perhaps he would halt the vile schemes of Mehrunes Dagon himself; sending legions of daedra back to the fiery planes of Oblivion. Certainly if he were to complete such a grand task as his first feat, it would be a tale that bards would sing of for ages to come. Thousands across Nirn would hear the name, Endaros Ilmori, and he would be forever revered in history as a valiant hero and savior of the people.

Yes, he believed that would suit him just fine.

It wasn’t long before his attention was forced back down to the world in front of him. He had come across a wide pool of water that swallowed the entire road ahead of him. The rainstorm had apparently washed away part of the road and left a muddy and sickly looking pond in its place. It was hardly much of an obstacle though as travelers could easily circle around to continue on their way. But not too far away along the edge of the pond was an elderly dunmer, a peddler judging by his attire, who was tending to a muck-covered guar. The beast was resting on its side and breathed in a slow shallow manner. Curious to the peculiar situation, Endaros approached the scene and stopped just a few paces short of the two.

“Is everything alright?” He asked, tilting his head in concern.

The peddler shook his head slowly, not taking his eyes off of the guar. “Nomby here will recover, a tough one she is. Can’t say the same for my wares though.”

He glanced over his shoulder towards the pond before turning to offer Endaros a weary smile. “Poor girl exhausted herself when she got caught in the flood. She managed to escape but lost everything I had to the water; pottery, trinkets, odds and ends… that sort of thing. Not her fault though…” He rubbed the beast’s head soothingly. “…should’ve checked the harnesses before the rain came.”

The young dunmer frowned. “What will you do now?”

“Don’t know.” The peddler replied with a solemn sigh. “I’m an old mer with nothing but a guar now. Too frail to recover what I lost.”

Endaros paused silently in contemplation, considering the words of the peddler. A moment later he turned and approached the flooded road. Piece by piece he began to remove his chitin armor, before taking a step into the murky waters. Steadily he wallowed into the grime and muck until the pool reached just above his waist, and from there began to gather the peddler’s lost wares. The water felt cold and raw against his ashen skin as he searched its submerged floor blindly but patiently, carefully feeling around for oddities with both his arms and legs. When at last the final item was recovered, the sun was setting on the horizon and Endaros emerged from the pool covered from head to toe in a thick layer of mud. He was quite a ridiculous sight, looking more akin to a muck farmer than any sort of hero. But the peddler now had his merchandise and, with a bit of effort and clean water, could sell them once more.

As Endaros carried on up the road, leaving a grateful old mer and guar behind, he smirked. It wasn’t what he had in mind as his first accomplishment as a knight-errant. He did not defeat a terrifying foe nor save the world from a daedric prince. No bards would sing of this day, nor would the people of Tamriel know his name for this deed. No, he had merely helped a poor peddler who had been caught in the rain.

And that suited him just fine.
This post was last modified: July 29th 2013, 11:42 PM by Horizon Seeker


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Outstanding. I enjoy young, idealistic Endaros very much! He's like a Don Quiote de la Vvardenfall.

In the second-to-last sentence, you want "who" rather than "whom." (Who had been caught in the rain? He had.... Whom had been caught in the rain? Him had.) That's how to tell which is correct.

Really very good!!
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I appreciate the correction! I always was a bit shaky on when to use who/whom. I have edited the original post.

I also appreciate the feedback! Don Quixote may not have slain giants, but he certainly had spirit (even if often times he was misguided.)


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Ooops, I found a typo in my post as well!

Fat fingers.


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...hey, so are you going to do one for each of the Seven Graces? Not to steal your thunder if that is what you were already planning, but I do think you should! :)


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(January 30th 2013, 11:23 PM)Grimhild Urdenheimr Wrote: ...hey, so are you going to do one for each of the Seven Graces? Not to steal your thunder if that is what you were already planning, but I do think you should! :)

Hah, you're a seer you are! That's exactly what I planned to do, as I feel like it's accurate way to describe the way a follower of the Tribunal would act. Buoyant Armigers are trying to emulate Vivec himself, so it seems natural they would have qualities of all seven graces.

I'm trying to develop different a short story for each one. The idea is to have a young and eager knight grow and develop through his many ventures and journeys on Tamriel.


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