The rag tag group of adventurers gathered around the camp fire that evening as they had for weeks now. Looking south, it was clear the many weeks of routine (such as it applied to them) would soon be at an end, and calm suppers might become a rarity in their future. As such, they seemed all the more intent on enjoying every one.
Calder plied the group with stories of great adventurers past, promising every word was genuinely what ahppened. Waeslyn demonstrated there was apparently no end of creative ways to prepare trail rations alongside freshly hunted meats. Therran among his many myriad talents turned out to be a fair singer, even if his deep baritone was often not well matched to the jaunty uplifting tunes he preferred. Woomera had stories aplenty of the life left behind in the home far to the south. Maarus even joined in, coming up with outlandish names for everyone if they turned to banditry and were plastered on wanted posters.
Milvin leaned back and took in his surroundings. Here he was surrounded by adventurers, going on a grand quest, and exploring ancient ruins. He’d devoured stories of people leaving their homes to go on journeys like this as a kid, but in those stories it was always the gold and magical treasure that the hero was rewarded with. Surrounded by his second family, mind and body trained harder everyday, Milvin was quite sure he was already richer than those fairy tale explorers.
Lacking the eloquence of Calder or the bravado of Woomera, however, he wasn’t quite sure how to explain to everyone that particular sentiment. So he merely remarked that by his reckoning, his coming of age would roughly this time and he was truly happy to be spending it with everyone. Cheers from those gathered around the fire returned, and near the cart, Iument even snorted loudly.
As the fire’s embers dimmed everyone made ready to get some rest for the evening. Before they were able to slumber, however, Woomera approached the rest away from Milvin. She explained to them that in her home, the coming of age is a significant milestone in a person’s life and is to be celebrated and challenged. She has come to respect Milvin’s drive and wishes to honor his achievements on his coming of age day with an appropriate challenge, but is not as yet so familiar with Horizon Alliance culture. She would like the help of the others coming up with a challenge that will test him. And with a toothy grin she remarks that the combined ideas of all three will make for a truly entertaining ordeal.