• Solo • Seeking Sana

In which Inali purchases a horse named Sana

This is a city located on the coast of western Idalos and stands as a pillar of light against the dark cliff faces surrounding it. Ne'haer is considered a port city for ships as well as the last stop for most seafarers adventuring to locate the Iulure Isles. For this, it is nicknamed "Death's Door". In contrast to its nickname, this city focuses mostly on religious values and rituals for the protection of the immortals watching over their city. Ne'haer is also a city booming with trade and nobility, as well as jobs and plenty of opportunities to advance in skills and crafts.

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Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:32 pm

Saun 10, 716 – Midday

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The first sun of Saun was awake and in high spirits, shining rays of blinding light down on the mortals foolish enough to be wandering the streets of Ne’haer in the early afternoon. Most of the merchants had retired into their storefronts or homes, preferring to lose a little business over baking in the hot sun. Inali did her best to ignore it, but the rays wore her down quickly, seeking to pierce into her cold Videnese heart. The Edisi trudged onward, intent on making it to Zuroni’s Animal Care and Training Sanctuary before her blue skin fused with the road beneath her feet.

After twenty bits, Inali reached the pastured grounds of the Sanctuary and sighed loudly. She had hiked her dress up to a level that most Eidisi would find scandalous. The air against her legs had provided a modicum of comfort during the journey through the city, but she could hardly speak to owner of the Sanctuary in such a state. As Inali attempted to press the wrinkles out of her dress with her palms, a stable hand stepped forward, eyeing her with a glint of mirth in his green eyes. He had been standing against the side of a large barn, hidden in the cool retreat of the shadow. Startled, Inali looked up at him and mumbled something in the Ancient Tongue.

“I didn’t quite catch that. Are you lost?”

He searched her face, obviously unsure of why she had arrived to the stables in such a state. Inali shook her head and spoke slowly, unsure if her Common would help or hinder her. If all else failed, she could draw her request in the journal she kept with her coin purse.
“Need to buy horse. For riding to Tret’”

Her accent mangled the name of the town, but the stable hand seemed to get the gist of her needs.

“Can you train a greenbroke one? Do you want a mare or a stallion?”

Inali stared at the man, unsure of how to answer such a question. Electing to repeat his words instead, Inali mimicked him,

“Green…broke?”

The stablehand laughed and beckoned her to another stable that was a few hundred paces away. He spoke as they walked, obviously entertained by the foreign Eidisi.

“Greenbroke means that they’re stubborn and a bit wild. In some cases, more than just a bit. I don’t think you can handle that. We have a few mares that have been well trained. They help with all the children when they first learn to ride. They cost double and then some but they’re mild mannered.”

Inali nodded slowly, her bewilderment plain on her face. Mares? Horse manners?

“You’ll need tack too. You can ride our mares without a saddle, but you’ll have to have a bridle to direct ‘em and some basic supplies to keep ‘em healthy and happy. When you’re done with your trip, we can stable her for you at the cost of five copper nels a day.”

Inali did her level best not to focus on the running total of nels that occupied the back of her mind. Horses were damn expensive! By the time the stablehand finished his brief lecture on the use of a bridle, they had arrived at a stall that housed a beautiful roan mare. The horse whinnied as they approached. The stablehand sighed and pulled a crumbling sugar cube from his apron. He handed it to Inali and gestured with his hand, holding it flat out in front of the mare. The roan sniffed at his hand and eyed him suspiciously. The stablehand chuckled,

“You’ll get your sugar cube, Sana. I’m just showing this one how not to get her fingers chomped off.”

Inali imitated the gesture and recoiled slightly as the roan’s muzzle touched her palm, eagerly searching for the sugar cube. The roan secured her prize and devoured the cube in a matter of trills. Smiling, Inali reached out and gently patted the mares jaw, marveling at how soft the light brown hair was. The stablehand nodded and pointed to a bridle hanging from a hook by the stall gate.

“While it isn’t new, she’s used to that bridle and it fits her well. I can sell it to you, and the brushes you’ll need. Do you want any saddlebags?”

Inali nodded and watched the saddlehand make his way to a room on the far side of the stable. He returned with two separate brushes and a black leather saddlebag.

“Now, the horse will be 110 golden nels. The bridle will 13 gold nels since it’s used. They normally run 15. The bit will cost 4gn, the harness will cost 15gn. The brushes are 4gn and 5gn respectively. The saddlebags will run you another 9gn.”

He quickly totaled the numbers in his head.

“That’s 164 golden nels.”

Inali nodded and counted the coins from her coin purse until she reached the correct total. The stablehand took them with a smile and gestured to the roan.

“Well, why don’t you take Sana out of her stall? I’ll help you with the bridle and we’ll see if you can ride her around the pasture here.”
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Tue Aug 30, 2016 12:06 am

Sana stepped out of the stall and waited patiently in the pathway that ran the length of the stable. She sniffed at the ground idly, obviously used to the routine. Before long, the horse had found a small clump of hay that had fallen out of a sack tied to a nearby stall gate. The mare began grazing on it while the stable hand held out the reins, bit, and bridle to Inali. She took the long straps of leather hesitantly and held them loosely in her outstretched hand.

“You have the bridle there, that’s the most structured piece of leather. You undo the straps and it fits around the horses head and holds the bit in place. The bit is that metal part. It goes in their mouth and you use the reins to guide them. If you had a real wild horse, you might need to pull on the reins hard and use the bit to discipline them. Sana is trained though, so it’s just a formality. Still, you should know how to saddle up a horse in case you run across another one.”

With that, the stable hand held up another sugar cube to get the mare’s attention. The mare stepped closer and the saddle hand retrieved the leather contraption and traded Inali the sugar cube.

“First, you undo the straps here. When it’s all ready, I like loosely coil the reins so they don’t get in the way. Then you slip the bridle over their head. Be real careful not to hit her eyes or spook her. Pet her a bit first and make sure she’s ready. When it’s secure, you just jiggle it a bit and make sure it isn’t too tight anywhere. It’s like a dress for you lady folk. You want it to be comfortable for all day wear.”

The stablehand smirked at his joke and helped Sana into the bridle, ensuring that the bit and reins were situated before turning to Inali.

“Now you go ahead and feel the bridle. Make sure you understand how tight it is and that there aren’t any twists in the leather.”

Inali did so, making sure to run her fingertips across every inch of leather. At regular intervals, she would pause and check how tight the bridle was. After a bit and a half, she was satisfied. The stablehand nodded to himself before addressing the Eidisi.

“Now, have you ever mounted a horse without a saddle?”

The stable hand barely managed to keep a straight face as he awaited her reply.
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Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:03 am

Inali’s boggled expression was all the stablehand needed to know. He rubbed his hands together before patting Sana’s withers gently.

“So, there are four ways to mount a horse without a saddle. You’re rather tall,”

He paused and peered up at the Eidisi before continuing.

“But you don’t look very athletic. So we’ll start with the method that is least likely to snap your neck.”

The stablehand placed his unoccupied hand on the middle of Sana’s back, facing the mare.

“For the first method, you have one hand here on her withers, where her shoulders meet”

He lifted his hand and shook it lightly, drawing the Eidisi’s attention.

“You keep your other hand at their mid back, push down while jumping up. When you get to the top of your jump, you swing your right leg over their back and position yourself how you’re comfortable.”

With a deft push, jump, and grunt, the stable hand was atop her mare, waving down to the Eidisi.

“Easy as that!”

He stroked the mare's neck and mane before dismounting gracefully. He gestured at Sana, obviously intent on making sure that Inali could get atop her horse before they left the stables. Inali approached Sana hesitantly, placing her hands atop the mare as the stable hand had shown her. Sana whinnied at her touch and looked back at Inali. Could she sense the Eidisi’s trepidation? Inali’s arms shook slightly as she tested the friction between her hands and Sana’s back. Even when she pushed, her hands remained in place. Nodding to herself and whispering words of calm in the Ancient Tongue, Inali pressed her hands down against Sana while her feet mimicked the motion. The muscles in her legs worked to propel her off the ground while she attempted to pivot and swing her leg over. The dress worked against her efforts, causing her right leg to hang limply by her side. Straining against it, Irriari forced her leg upward and around, cursing as her upper arms began to tremble. After a few trills, a loud ripping noise filled the air as the right seam of her emerald dress came free. Loose threads brushed against her calf as she forced her leg upward. After a few more trills of undignified scrambling, Inali managed to clear Sana’s back. Her legs splayed awkwardly to either side and she rested her chest against Sana’s withers, breathing hard.

From below her, the stable hand clapped briefly.

“You did it!”

Inali nodded slowly, more pleased with herself than she would admit to any human. Sana had remained calm through the ordeal, and Inali was grateful that she had not purchased an untrained horse. After a few breaks, the stable hand passed the reins off to the Eidisi and spoke.

“I’ll show you how to use the reins out here in the stable, but you’re on your own when it comes to navigating the streets of the city and beyond.”

Inali nodded and raised herself to her full height, allowing her legs to grip Sana’s sides lightly.


“We are ready.”
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Tue Sep 06, 2016 5:14 pm

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Story: 5/5 Good for what it was, I enjoyed this lesson on horse care :P.

Structure: 5/5 Nice Job. :)

Lore:

Basic:
Location: Zuroni’s Animal Care and Training Sanctuary
language Common: Requesting a service.
Linguistics: Be mindful of your accent.
Animal Husbandry: what it takes to own a horse.
Mount: 3 ways to mount a horse.
Animal Training: Positive reinforcement.

Specific:
Endurance: Pushing though the heat of the sun.
Greenbroke: A stubborn and wild horse.
Linguistics: Sometimes body language is the better option.
Animal Husbandry: soft petting can relax some animals
Mount: Don’t ride a greenbroke if you’re new to riding.
Mount: you can ride a horse without a saddle but you need a bridle to direct them.
Mount: How to use a bridle.
Mount: 3 ways to mount a horse.
Mount: The way of mounting a horse thats the least likely to snap a neck
Animal training: Sugar cubes are used to teach a horse not to eat your fingers.
Mathematics: Adding up the cost and giving the correct total.
Sana: The trained horse.
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