"I- Yes. The government has banned the use of it because the church... well they say it is demonwork.."
She shudders slightly.
"Its not like it was my choice!.. I.. we were born with it. A gift.. a curse, however you want to put it.."
"Not that it matters to you.. I've never seen you before, you must be outsiders. And soon you will probably disappear again, to the freedom of wherever you came. ... .. what brought you here, anyways?"
The Kiri river was wide, and seemingly in the distance there could be ships spotted, exiting and entering the delta through the main shipping lane to and fro, most likely coming towards Kar.
Soon enough the two would be able to find a riverside path that led them towards the city, which was to be seen in the distance, built atop a hill, with the river going right through the middle, and protected by large stone walls and wooden gates reinforced with steel. Watchtowers were present as well, and upon coming closer, the machiculations of the walls were noticeably tall and with slits inside them for crossbowmen to shoot out from relative safety. The whole city seemed to be heavily fortified, with a large castle atop the hill in the middle, whose towers could be seen even from outside the city.
The small riverside path joined the main road, which led directly to the open north gate of the city, flanked by guards and watched by archers atop the battlements.
The evening sun bounced off their helmets as one stepped forward to examine an oxcart coming towards the gate.
"Seldomly, yes. There's one in our village, old man Rolf. Maybe if you ask him you'll find out more.
Speaking of which, here we are. Have a good one, you guys."
The oxcart stops in the village, not much more than a couple dozen thatched roof houses with a flimsy wooden wall around them. A large bonfire in the middle of the village gave off a warm light in the evening sun, and there were a good few people out on the muddy street, some looking at the new travelers.
The ride was without much interference, and in the evening they finally arrived in Kar, a large city atop a hill with a river passing right through it on the lower end, protected by strong stone walls and wooden gates strengthened with steel and towers of significant size. Passing two female travelers at the side of the road and an oxcart which was being held up by the guards at the north gate for examination the riders saluted the soldiers atop the battlements and rode on in.
The main street of the city coming in from the north was wide, with tall two to three story houses covered by shingles flanking the road and smaller alleys branching off the road. Somewhere towards the front a bridge could be seen, and the smoke rising from all the houses gave an impressive sight. The road was packed with people and carts travelling along, shopping and going about their lives, but the riders stopped right behind the gate at a house directly connected to the house.
"Here we are."
The captain of the patrol jumped off the horse and took its leash.
"Time to get inside, get ya warmed up and then you can tell us exactly what happened."