That bear... He was an obstacle I never dreamed I'd overcome.
For some reason, this reminds me of my master.
Have I ever told you about Hakam?
Hakam Kahkrene was known as "the Sharpshooter"
because he was dead-on with his bow and dagger.
Must have been after all those years of practice, chasing
game across entire continents. He was a living legend.
(Kirstie smiles at the memory.)
He ran a shop in Rocheste, and it was packed with would-
be apprentices. Arthyen used to trim the leather, holding
Dolores on his back, and chase everyone out of the store.
Those are Hakam's kids, Arthyen and Dolores.
Anyway, Arthyen almost kicked me out too, soon as I
walked in, but I insisted on saying [sic] because I had
nowhere else to go.
I started to work at the shop, and Arthyen and I became
good friends. Two years later, Hakam finally returned.
While he didn't take me as an apprentice, he let me train
under him, and Arthyen...
(Kirstie shakes her head.)
There are so many things I wish I could say to my
master...to give him my thanks, and my apologies.
But one day, he left.
Tell me more about your encounter with that tyrant of a
For the mightier-than-thou lord of Hoarfrost Hollow to be
defeated by a young mercenary? Had to have hurt his
pride! It's like what happened to my master.
Never knew defeat until he battled that one
(Kirstie clenches her teeth.)
I want to get revenge for him.
Let me know if you hear anything, okay?