90th of Vhalar 719, early morning.
It was a brisk day in the Lochgrass gardens. Verdant vines mixed with the autumnal yellows, oranges, and browns of the leaves of the willows, as blossoms were swept up in the harvest breeze. The colder seasons were on their way. From what Woe gathered, there'd been a drought or a shortage of harvest produce. The drought was the cause of the shut-down of immigration to Ne'haer. There was too little food to ration, and too many mouths to eat what there was. To compound matters, every sign pointed toward a harsh winter, during which the lake would likely freeze over, compounding the food shortage with an inability to fish for more.
As far as Woe's residence was concerned, a thorough tour of the city was in order. It was long overdue since their arrival in Ne'haer. The woman had been showing him some of the sights, yet had not given him a complete view of Ne'haer. On their current excursion, she'd left him to his own devices in the Lochgrass Gardens, which he supposed to be a safe place to remain unnoticed while she gathered the paperwork they needed in order to facilitate Woe's assimilation into the city. That order of business left him nervous and alone in the middle of the vine-laden paths of Lochgrass, wondering if she was getting the marriage papers for them. She may as well have left him alone. Once in the city, Woe was confident in his ability to go unnoticed and under the radar. Yet she'd insisted that she would bring him the papers.
So he sat on a bench in the gardens, like some truant child playing with his pet wolf spider. The Lethroda familiar hopped down to his hand. He got up from the bench and went over toward a large rock in the ground. Reaching out through attunement, he sought to find specific bugs in there, tasting for their frequency. Eventually, he found it, a cluster of the things underneath the rock, crawling and skittering.
With one motion of his hand as he stooped over it, he tossed the rock aside and watched his wolf spider go to work on the roaches beneath. Woe lowered himself to his haunches, watching as the spider made quick work of them. It occurred to Woe that he hadn't even bothered to name the creature. Before getting marked by Sintra, and really since forever after, he'd never had a pet of his own. Woe wasn't the most enormous fan of animals in general, and so the thought of always having a little friend over his shoulder took some getting used to.
Maybe next he'd be getting a little dog.
Speaking of which, he heard barking in the distance. Woe gathered up his wolf spider, and sat back on the bench, lest the mutt thinks his familiar was a convenient snack. He replaced the rock that covered the bugs and waited for whoever it was to pass.