Today I visited every corner of the market square trying to get an idea of the types of supplies I might need for my journey to the Blue Mountains. I picked up some traveling rations, some light tools, and several other necessities, so I am off to a good start. The problem I keep running into is money: no one who joins the Watch does so in order to get rich, I can tell you, so I am not sure if I will be able to fund my little trip. I don't have much skill as a hunter, either, so food is going to be a key consideration.
I also popped into the
Three Farrow Crafting Hall and spoke with the Master of Apprentices to
get his opinion on what one might need on such a journey. He was overly
curious about my leaving, but that is Bree-folk for you. He did give me
some ideas, but he kept trying to convince me to learn some craft or
other. "All the great adventurers know at least one craft," he kept
saying. "How else do you think they know how to make their own clothes
to fend off the cold? Or craft a bow from a yew branch to catch game? Or
properly cook that game in the midst of the Wild? Mercy me! Children,
these days!" I finally agreed to let him teach me about forestry. This
was a ruse, of course: I was bred in Combe, which has the finest lumber
yard in all of the northern world, so he didn't end up teaching me much,
but it did silence him and allow me to get on about my work.
I think I am getting close to the start of my own adventure.