MIDDAS, 9th of HEARTFIRE
Today I return to Whiterun. I ate a quick breakfast of apples and sweet rolls before heading out of the city. It was still early and most of Riften was just rising from its slumber. The air was damp and cool as I hailed the carriage. I climbed in the back and we set off.
We pulled into Whiterun early evening. During the trip, I occupied my time reading as best as I could, despite the frequent bumps. These are the books I read on the way:
- Chance’s Folly by Zylmoc Bolge. It was a story about a thief named Chance who decided to rob the treasures of the Heran Ancestral Tomb. She decided to take Ulstyr, a Breton who she presumed to be dumb but brutish enough to handle the fights, while she handled the lock picking. Her thinking was that she could eventually abandon him, but he turned the tables on her. And she died trapped in the tomb. Days later, Ulstyr returned and took the treasure for himself.
- Mixed Unit Tactics in the Five Years War Volume One by Codus Callonus. Talks about the tactics used in the war between the Bosmer and Khajiit. The book talks about how the Khajiit took advantage of both ground and tree forces to split and divide the Bosmer.
- The Armorer’s Challenge by Mymophonus. Tells the story of Hazadir and Sirollus Saccus, two armorers commissioned to design the armor for Imperial troops in the Black Marsh. While Saccus was generally considered the finest armorer, Hazadir was able to create armor that took into account both the environment of the Black Marsh but also knowledge of Argonian battle tactics and weaponry.
- The Yellow Book of Riddles. Like the title suggests.
- Watcher of Stones by Gelyph Sig, Thane of Bjorin. A book about some guy who is obsessed with the Guardian Stones and their ability to change the fates.
- Twin Secrets by Brarily Theran. Talks about the Law of Firsts – in that once an item is enchanted with a spell, it will not enchant again. The author claims he discovered how to break the Law of Firsts from a dragon and was able to successfully imbue a weapon with two enchantments.
It seems Arcadia’s death has been swept under the rug, no doubt attributed to a random act of burglary gone awry. And knowing Whiterun’s guards, they probably weren’t interested in launching an in-depth investigation. For now, I was safe. Nonetheless, it was strange being back in Whiterun.Ysolda, the aspiring merchant, was still sitting at the same place as if she had never left. I remember her asking me for a mammoth tusk. It was weighing me down and I had no real need for it so I gave her the one I had happened across during my travels. She thanked me and shared some trade secrets among merchants that would help me getter better deals.
I eventually found Mallus sitting by himself in the back of the kitchen. He had a pale sickly pallor to his lean face was accented by high cheekbones and dark circles underneath his eyes. Mallus laid out the plan: Honningbrew’s owner Sabjorn was about to hold a tasting for Whiterun’s Captain of the Guard. Mallus had opened up a passageway for pests into Honningbrew’s meadery. I was to visit Sabjorn and offer my helpful assistance. While there I was to poison the vats of mead with the pest poison ensuring Sabjorn’s downfall and the end of Honningbrew.
Mallus told me that the warehouse and meadery were attached by a tunnel and that to get the brewing vats, I should start in the basement of the storeroom of the warehouse. Sounds simple enough, but nothing ever really is. I excused myself and left Mallus to his meal. I rented a room for the evening as I was tired from the trip. Tomorrow, I pay a visit to Sabjorn.