It was early in the morning when Morgan LaChance arranged to meet with Anfor Ironfoot, the precinct captain in Epicrin. The dwarven peacekeeper sat behind a mountain of paperwork, the Elexian noblewoman perched anxiously on a chair she got the feeling served for both visitors and for suspects.
Anfor- Yer message was quite vague lass. You want the peacekeepers to help with yer father.
Morgan- Not exactly, no. I'd like to swear the brass oath and become a peacekeeper.
Anfor cocked the mage a suspicious look.
Anfor- To help yer father?
Morgan- Not directly. The estate has been targeted by a gang in Elexia that thinks they're the next big thing. Too small to get the guard involved but small enough to be scared off by a peacekeeper being involved.
Anfor- So we're a means to an end.
Morgan- Not the best foot to start on, I admit. However, I assure you I take the oath seriously and intend to live up to everything the peacekeepers stand for.
Anfor- Alright lass, I'm willing to take the risk on ye. Hold this and repeat after me...
The dwarf passed Morgan a truthstone, designed to detect deception and used to swear in only those honest about the oath. Morgan repeated the Brass Oath, an oath of devotion to the law and allegiance to the guild.
Morgan- ... so I swear, with all my will.
Anfor- Alright, looks good. Welcome aboard, you can grab your sigil and gear upstairs.
Morgan- Thank you, I swear I'll be a service to the guild.
With that sorted, Morgan collected the necessary gear and departed.
Golan was about to reprimand his assailant with a "Look where you're going!" or something similar, until he noticed how beautiful she was. He coughed.
"Oh, that's umm, okay. You'll learn. I mean, it takes practice. Well not really practice, but experience. Not like you did anything wrong, it's okay, it's just I've been a Peacekeeper for almost ten years and this place is basically my living room. Well I haven't been officially Peacekeeping that long but I kinda grew up here. Not to brag or anything, I hate braggarts. Most of the time, I mean unless I already like them for some other reason, then I kind of put up with the bragging. Unless it's totally true, then its not bragging, not really. And what I said was true, so I guess I didn't need to specify that I hate bragging. Because I wasn't."
Golan ran out of steam and started to realize how stupid he sounded, but fortunately it's tough to notice when he blushes.
"Oh, the high profile ones? I was either too young to really appreciate the difference when they were brought in, or after that, I was off chasing other bounties with my dad. Well, adopted dad. Orin. You know, that one."
Golan was able to direct Morgan's attention to the wall upon which were place artist renderings of the Peacekeeper Guildleaders, the last of which was Orin.
"If you're judged based on your parents success, then you're always going to be a failure. Orin is not only an amazing guild leader, he also took in and raised an amazing kid. How do I top that? Should I start recruiting orphans now, in the hopes that one of them will turn out to be as talented as I am with magic?"
Morgan raised a finger to her cheek, tapping it in an exaggerated manner as she began to lay out the plan.
Morgan- I have a couple of buildings in Elexia you could use to lodge them. You could build yourself an orphan peacekeeper army in a few years if you travel from city to city. Maybe you can go for quantity over quality.
Golan briefly considers the merits of proposing marriage to this woman. The phrases 'never work again' and 'set for life' enter his mind. But after a few seconds Golan realized he was daydreaming about a relationship with a girl directly in front of aforementioned girl, and that is impolite.
"Right. You are embarrassingly wealthy, you know that?"
If Golan had ever read a summary of the noble houses of Elexia, he might recall Lachance being near the middle of a long list of titled families. Not exactly running the city but respected enough to express opinions.
Morgan- Technically? I mean, in practice everything seems to just even out.