Arc 721, 38 Saun
Elisabeth grinned softly in response to Darius' laughter. Viden had been the start of their friendship and a simpler time for both. It felt like a lifetime had passed since, but the apparent affection both felt for the other seemed to endure, and for that, the young woman was grateful. "Of course not, but the silver lining there is I will never forget the first trials of our friendship, Beyond memorable, to say the least."
The Videnese woman knew her face had lit up at the thought of snow and ice – it always did. The experience of snow was something she had and always would cherish. Few people shared her child-like wonder and fascination with it, but that was alright. In her eyes, everyone needed something like that to remind them of the simple things in life.
"I've found that everywhere I go, each city means something a bit different to me," she began, smiling warmly at him. "Viden is where I grew up, and I will always be fond of it. Rharne opened my eyes to a larger world. Scalvoris, a bit of a tricky beast it is. A lot has happened here, and some of it I'm still coming to terms with." Separating what had happened in Scalvoris to her and Scalvoris itself was something the young woman was still working on.
It was evident that the two had similar outlooks regarding their friendship and their work with the settlements. There was no reason for Haven and Hopetoun not to be strengthened by the strong friendship forged between Elisabeth and Darius.
She arched her eyebrow gently as he leaned into his bag, curious to see what he had in mind. After pulling out the flask, Darius explained about the beer made from Faldrass potatoes. "A brewer, you say?" She had entertained the idea of learning the concept of brewing, but other things had taken priority. "Ah yes," she remarked. "We found that potato at the old Haven site, in the woods. I'm curious how it translates into beer."
Taking the cup, the young woman sniffed it a bit. Coming from Viden, drinking wasn't something she had done much of before living in Rharne. Almost all of Elisabeth's drinking was done with Balthazar, and he didn't drink much anymore. Occasionally, she would have a glass of champagne at a social event, but it wasn't a craving of hers.
Still, Elisabeth was happy to drink with Darius and toast to their friendship and the future of Haven and Hopetoun. "Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget. To our friendship, and Haven and Hopetoun!"
Even if she didn't have a lot to compare it to, the beer was quite good. It was odd drinking a warm beer, but pleasant. "Thank you for the beer. One of these trials, I'd love to learn more about that process."
They had toasted and had snacks. In Elisabeth's estimation, it was time to get down to business, and she had a few things she wanted to let him know. "I think I should probably tell you that after the events of the Forging, and then the situation where Balthazar and I were whisked off to Rynmere, I decided to bring up the idea to the settlers of an emergency council. By settlement vote, three Haven settlers were chosen to step up and assist Haven should I go missing again. The settlers conveyed to me that they felt a bit of stability, in that way, would be helpful, and since I can't guarantee that it won't happen again, I agreed, and they voted."
She was curious what he would have to say about that, but there was another matter as well. "Also, in the event of my disappearance, I've left instructions for a few things to occur. Balthazar, if he is not in the settlement, is to be contacted, and a runner is to be dispatched to Hopetoun to inform you of my absence."
Grinning softly, she continued. "In the event of you having vanished as well, they will simply inform your people that the same has occurred in Haven since I think we both can agree that life here is a bit unpredictable."