I’ve started to explore Michel Delving. It’s a busy place and I have found everything I need. There are vendors, banking and vault facilities, a crafting and farming area and even an auction house. There is a lovely fountain in the centre where people gather to pass the time of day, something we Hobbits are past masters at.
I met a Captain called Ingo who gave me a beautiful hand drawn map of The Shire – gosh it’s so big!
Apparently, folks around here often organise themselves into Kins and today a fierce dwarf called Grimblin invited me to join his Kin, The Order of Gilthoniel. They seem like a very friendly bunch, it’s like having a lot of older brothers and sisters. When I mentioned that I was a budding musician, one of them, Fernn, taught me the rudiments of the flute. I need to get practicing now.
I’ve also been invited to a local group called The Bounders. They sound a disreputable lot but it seems they perform many important tasks in the protection of The Shire. And everyone is ranked by how much experience they have – they have ranked me at Level 8 and say I can rise through the ranks by performing tasks for people. It can be dangerous work but I have scraped enough coin together to buy a spear and shield.
The Post Masters seem a grumpy lot though. When I deliver a parcel for them they immediately tell me to deliver another! Oh well, it helps me explore the surrounding area I suppose. My last delivery sent me to a small outpost called Waymeet. There I met Dora Brownlock who needs some help rescuing her chickens from the local wolf population. With my name I’m not sure I should be out killing wolves! Still, that is a task for tomorrow, I’m sleepy now.