S3E10-EdricRowan

Edric Crestrun

While Valorn worked on the door to the basement, Edric had found himself browsing the collection of books owned by Yannock, hoping to get a few in trade for the completion of this errand he had hoped they would perform. Basements full of skeletons were a real problem, he supposed, even if it felt a little like a distraction. The promise of ancient crypt treasures was more than a little helpful in making this seem worthwhile. He pulled a title about Sunflower Care off the shelf, starting to peruse it as he overheard a bit of the discussion between Erys and Valorn, if only half-heartedly eavesdropping.

Rowan

Rowan looked among the shelves of books. Most of the others didn't seem to care, but she was mesmerized. She hadn't seen so many books in her life. She absentmindedly put her hand to her pack where she could feel the three books her mom had given her such a long time ago. She had memorized every word in those she read them so often. She stood next to Edric in front of the shelves, paralyzed with indecision on which to pick up first.

Edric Crestrun

As Rowan approached, he watched her, wondering exactly what kind of title would interest her. Of the party, she was the one who was the biggest mystery to him, and this might offer a new insight into…nope, she can't choose. He sighed, as he offered the book he was looking at. "Here. You might find this one interesting. All about big flowers."

Rowan

She glances through it, her eyes light up and she points to a page "Ah, I've seen these in fields beyond the edge of the forest, but they never grow in the forest. It says here they need a lot of sunlight and the forest is too dense. That makes so much sense!" *She smiles, she always feels great when she learns something new. She motions to the dusty shelves. "Have you ever seen so many books? Yannock must be very important to own so many books!" Feeling emboldened she grabs a book in front of her. It's quite heavy and seems to be about history. There are a lot of names and dates she doesn't recognize.

Edric Crestrun

He grinned, nodding as she went through the logical steps of it. "Yep, I learned everything I know from books, pretty much. They're good for that, learnin'." It reminded him of his time at the academy library, and the hours he had hidden away in there, learning everything he could. "Once. Imagine a hundred houses full of books like this, and you'd still come far short." Was she entirely uneducated? No, she had to have some formal schooling, even if it was self taught or passed down from elders.

Rowan

She gives him a strange look. Is he mocking her? She read about lying. Is this lying? "There cannot possibly be so many books!" She knew she had been sheltered, but was she really this uninformed about the world? She could not imagine so many of one thing.

Edric Crestrun

"Oh yeah, so many it'd make yer head spin. Some of them will actually, literally make your head spin, those are the ones ya don't read without years of trainin'." That was a weird day, for sure, the day he snuck into the locked archives. It took a week for the dizziness to go away, but it had been a good lesson. "What kinda books do ya usually read? I can find somethin' else to your interests."

Rowan

"Kinds? Well, these kinds I guess." She reaches into her bag and pulls out three books. One is a basic survival guide about common plants in the forest and their properties, the second is an informational text about druidic writing, the third is a fictional novel that appears to involve an elf girl on an adventure. They all look well worn as if read hundreds of times. She hands them over.

Edric Crestrun

As she handed the books over, he held them with appropriate care, giving them the respect they deserved. These were well read, and well loved, and loved books required the most care. "These are very interesting…I haven't seen anything like this one before." He indicates the fictional tale. It was a title he did not recognize at all.

Rowan

"Oh, that." She smiles and blushes a little "My mom was reading that to me before I went to the forest, and so when I left I took it with me. It's a silly story. It's about an elf girl and she goes into the mountains to look for her missing brother. She meets up with a talking bear and they go on adventures together. It's not a real story. Bears cannot talk after all and they are not friendly companions." She emphasizes the last point with seriousness. She learned that lesson the hard way.

Edric Crestrun

He laughs, as he flips through the pages with appreciation, grinning a bit as he finshed the story. "It's not exactly a survival guide, is it. Not like this one." He indicated the first of the books she'd pulled out now, glancing at it. "Where'd ya get this one?" Somehow this wasn't all adding up and it only seemed to add to his curiosity rather than satisfy it.

Rowan

She takes it and starts flipping through to a page to show something only to quickly turn to another and show that. There is no random flipping, she knows where every piece of information is "Oh this one was so useful! My mom brought it to me in her first visit so that I could learn about the forest, since I was going to live there! It has so much information about plants and animals. Did you know that if you eat the leaves of this plant it will help keep you awake, but you have to be careful about the flowers because they are poisonous to touch. Oh and this kind of bark burns the longest without going out! It's great for starting a fire! Oh and these little rodents have the best hearing in the whole forest. You will never be able to sneak up on them, so if you want to trap them you have to set it and then move away for at least half a day!"

Edric Crestrun

Listening to her go on about the various survival tips she had gleaned from the book, he was both amazed, and a little disturbed. Her mother visited her in the forest? Where she lived? Yeah, druids were usually from more outdoorsy backgrounds but she was something else entirely. He betrayed none of this on his face, nodding along with a smile as she went on with her childlike presentation. "Wouldn'ta known any of that, myself. Y'know I lived in a city my whole life, except when I lived on a boat. Different kinda survival, there."

Rowan

"Well…" She hesitates a little "If you want to borrow the book, you can. There's lots of great information in there. What is it like living on a boat? There are no trees and no plants. It must feel so dead being away from all that life."

Edric Crestrun

"Nah, it's all yours. I can always hit the library next time I'm in Neverwinter." He didn't want to take something so precious from her as this clearly well memorized tome of survival. "Well, that's the thing, ocean's all full of life. Almost too much life, really. Sharks, for one, they're like ocean bears."

Rowan

Rowan had never seen a shark and none of her books mentioned it. She knew bears could theoretically swim, although she's never seen one do it. Maybe she would try next time she was near water. She could be a bear now, after all. "That does sound dangerous! I've never seen the ocean. Do you think there are any books about the ocean here?"

Edric Crestrun

With a quick perusal, he pulls a few books off the shelf, including one about various marine life he hoped would have a shark in it. "Here ya go. Should have what yer lookin' for. If you're curious about the more practical side of it, I've got plenty of stories."

Rowan

"Great" Without saying goodbye, she takes the small pile of books and heads off to a table and immediately starts pouring over them, oblivious to other conversations.

S3E10-EdricRowan

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