Of Breakfast and Archery (Tazrae)

Elias visits the Protea Inn and meets Tazrae

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Syka is a new settlement of primarily humans on the east coast of Falyndar opposite of Riverfall on The Suvan Sea. [Syka Codex]

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Of Breakfast and Archery (Tazrae)

Postby Elias Frostfawn on June 8th, 2021, 7:03 am


Timestamp: 15th of Winter 521 A.V

About two weeks had passed since he arrived at the veritable tropical paradise that was Syka. It was time for him to explore a bit. He had kept to himself until now, but the itch for social interaction was starting to make him stir and he had to leave the bungalows. Syka seemed safe enough, but he was still cautious. These people seemed friendly and accepting but he knew from experience how attitudes can change fairly quickly. Taking a deep breath outside, taking in the salty air from the sea and the fragrant smells from the tropical flowers that were always about he made his way away from his dwelling. He got his morning shower, the water hot and soothing and much appreciated after his time in the inhospitable wildlands. Civilization, he would never take it for granted again. Elias decided to start his day out with breakfast.Grabbing his money in a pouch and slinging his bow and quiver on his back he made his way out. He asked around the bungalows about a place that sells food and one of the residents mentioned the Protea Inn. Even more luck awaited, since the Inn didn't seem to be far off from his dwelling. Breakfast first, then he would see where the day took him.

Making his way through Syka he was surprised at the amount of people who greeted him with a, "Good morning" or some other greeting. He would have to get used to such friendly people. He wasn't accustomed to such attitudes or indeed people in general. IT reminded him so much of home, this place. Well, all except the weather. Taldera and Avanthal couldn't be more different than the tropical environment he found himself in, but the people seemed in the same spirit and mind.The Inn appeared to be like any of the other structures around Syka. It didn't appear able to hold many people but Elias wasn't here for lodging. The resident he talked to moments before had practically raved about the innkeepers cooking. Elias was intent on trying for himself. Just walking into the Inn he could smell the wafting aroma of meats and eggs and fragrant flowers. He found his way into a large open area where he could tell the smell of food was definitely coming from. There was a fire warming the large area and a large table set in the middle of the room.

Just then, he saw a lovely and slender blonde woman serving someone a meal. her smile seemed infectious and her hair caught the light in such a way as to appear a sort of caramel color. He decided to sit at one of the tables by the fire and it didn't take long for the woman to come over and greet him. "Ah, hello. I heard I could get...good breakfast here, yes?" Elias' voice faltered. He was always nervous about his tentative grasp on the common language. He had to often pause in the middle of whatever he was saying in order to find the next words he wanted to say.

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Of Breakfast and Archery (Tazrae)

Postby Tazrae on June 10th, 2021, 1:48 am

Tazrae wove her way through the tables on the back deck by the large fireplace and stopped at the stranger sitting at a table by himself. She had a tray in her arms and set it down on the edge of the thick wooden table and set the still steaming pastry in front of him on its own little plate. "Hi there. You must be new to Syka." She said, offering him a smile as she set out a mug for him then pondered for a moment. "I've tea, fruit juice, or I can brew you some of the coffee people seem to like from down south." She added, having a carafe of juice, a teapot, and another pitcher of water - iced - on her tray. "Oh, we have ice water too." She added, shaking her head.

Newcomers weren't the easiest to serve since she had no idea what they might like. Taz was barefoot, like most of the denizens of Syka while in the confines of the city. She wore a crochet top that was loose-fitting over a bikini top and a bright colorful wrap-around skirt. Her hair was swept up into a ponytail and tied with a scarf. She wore a charm bracelet on one wrist and an armband on the other that formed the shape of a serpent.

When the man spoke, he had a heavy accent that wasn't altogether unpleasant. "I'm Tazrae. That's a bear claw... it's basically just a pastry that has an almond paste and brown sugar in it." She added, explaining what she'd put before him. "But I can make you anything you'd like. We have plenty of eggs, potatoes, bacon, even ham... and I can cook it up any way you prefer. Breakfast is two silver for as much as you'd like. We normally have yogurt and fruit with candied oats and nuts, but I didn't get the yogurt made last night so that's off the menu today. I can bring you a bowl of fruit too if you'd like." She said, smiling and then pouring his mug full of anything he selected as long as it wasn't the coffee that she didn't have brewed yet.

"What brings you to Syka? It's nice to see so many visitors. I can't believe how many people have stopped by recently just to peer in wonder at the jungle." She said, then retrieved her tray, hoisting it up in her arms. Taz smiled again, awaiting his final verdict on what he wanted for breakfast, then she'd see about fixing it for him.
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Of Breakfast and Archery (Tazrae)

Postby Elias Frostfawn on June 10th, 2021, 12:30 pm


As he marveled at the woman's garb he felt ashamed of his own. He suddenly felt as he would imagine a street urchin would feel at the palace of kings in his plain earth-toned clothing tattered and worn from his years in the wilderness. The clothing had been patched and repaired over time so his cloak and shirt were of several different fabrics and colors. He imagined he looked like a beggar, even though the woman did not wear the garb of nobility she still would appear as such next to him. Elias shook those thoughts from his mind, such thoughts would cause his eyes to falter from their base green color into some other hue entirely.

Elias gave his best approximation of a warm smile and spoke in his broken common, "Fruit juice please. meat. Bacon, ham, eggs, if not trouble. Will pay extra. Very hungry." Elias said with a laugh. In truth, he was just looking forward to a good meal. Meat was what he was used to, fish in particular. The odors wafting from the kitchen had enticed him. Elias then noticed the serpent charm bracelet on her wrist. Strange, he thought. Typically people despised snakes. Maybe it was her favorite animal but it was something to talk about at least. "You like snake, yes?"

The woman had introduced herself as Tazrae and Elias realized he had forgotten to do so himself. Typical, given his manners were severely lacking since he had spent years in the wilds. He remembered his first time entering Syka and not saying his name for the longest time in his conversation with Uta and the founders. "Apology. I am Elias. Pleasures to meet you." Elias looked down at what appeared to be a brown lump on a plate. A bear claw, she called it. It looked nothing like the claw of a bear, he had seen the creatures up close in Avanthal. He didn't think they had anything that bore such a name like this in Avanthal either, he certainly couldn't remember anything like it. These were his thoughts as he bit into the pastry. It was sweet, almost excessively so. The bear claw was good, he just wasn't used to such things.

"Just looking for rest place, call Syka home," Elias answered the woman as to his purposes in Syka. "Hope that Syka can home be. It would be nice to lay root, no?" He hoped he hadn't mucked up the phrase but was almost positive he had. "Jungle beautiful, dangerous but beautiful," Elias added knowingly. "Do you go to Jungle? I follow Uta for gather of plants sometime" Elias asked wondering if she herself ever graced the dangerous wilds of her jungle home.

Returning to the saccharine pastry that Tazrae denoted as a bear claw he likewise returned to his thoughts. Elias often got lost in his thoughts. When the only other person to talk to was An'un Dui it often was nice to have someone else to talk to, even if that someone was yourself. His thoughts were of the hospitality and kindness that the people of Syka seemed to naturally exude so often. It always surprised him how often complete strangers would care for one another and so readily offer of themselves to one another. It reminded him so much of home in Avanthal. He was just as often saddened that his social ineptitude and his hazy grasp on the spoken common tongue seemed to, however small, be a barrier to him. However, people seemed to go out of their way to communicate with him and understand him and engage in polite conversation. They made him feel welcome.
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Of Breakfast and Archery (Tazrae)

Postby Tazrae on Yesterday, 5:07 am

Tazrae nodded and poured him some juice. She would be hard-pressed to say what kind it was since she added all sorts of fruits to the mix with a base of pineapple juice and multiple citruses blended in. There was also a hint of mango and more than a little passionfruit, which gave the juice tiny black speckles. It wasn't overly sweet, but it was refreshing and hydrating in the warm Syka morning.

She nodded at his request, knowing just how to feed him now. "So, you eat like the rest of the men here. I got it. I can fix you up something that will fill you up." She promised, then smiled when he gestured to her charm bracelet. She also touched her armband, which was also a serpent. "I wouldn't have said I liked them a season or two ago, but I got bit by an eyelash viper. They are very poisonous snakes. I almost died. So I did some research, talked to some experts, and now I'm breeding snakes out back. They are Massurana. They look black but gleam in the sun with rainbow iridescence. They are mildly poisonous, but their fangs are in the rear of their mouths. They hunt snakes and are immune to the pit vipers that kill so many around here. I am breeding them to spread them about the settlement to help control the more dangerous snakes. If they bite you... it hurts very little. And mostly they don't bite... they are gentle for what they are. I can show you one later if you'd like." She said with another smile.

The Protea Inn had a whole separate section off to one side. It was a wide cobbled path that led out to a series of tall cages that resembled wardrobes with mesh for walls instead of wood. Each large 'wardrobe' provided housing for Tazrae's breeding stock snakes, all heavily decorated with driftwood, sunning rocks, and large basins for the huge snakes inside to soak in. There was a warning sign outside of The Reptile Garden that asked Visitors to please stay away. But Tazrae had been known to give a tour or two if the visitors seemed interested.

On the opposite side from the Reptile Gardens, Tazrae had a chicken house that provided her with all the fresh eggs her guests could eat. The visitors couldn't hear the chickens from the back deck that overlooked the beach. The Inn simply hid the whole affair from the guests, though the rooster crowing often woke them just before dawn.

"Nice to meet you, Elias. It will be lovely to have new blood in the settlement. We haven't had many visitors stay lately." She added, then smiled. "I heard a woman was with you too. Tell her she's welcome to swing by any time just to chat, or perhaps have some tea." She added, then gestured at his clothing. "It looks like you have been traveling hard. I think here in Syka we are a bit spoiled. We have this sort of miracle plant here... its similar to cotton, but its incredibly lightweight. Its almost indestructible once woven properly. They call it Isuas. Juli over at the merchantile will sell you shirts and trousers or anything really made of it. And it will wear better especially in traveling than cotton will." She said cheerfully. "Plus we like to dye it bright colors... so that's why our clothing looks new. It's not really." She added, giving him another cheerful smile.

"Tell you what... I'll tell you about the jungle but let me get you some food on first." She added, having liked the way he introduced himself and his strange accent. Tazrae couldn't place it, but it felt exotic as if he were from far far away. She herself had been born and raised in Riverfall, so she was most familiar with the Akalak and Drykas. Their accents were familiar, almost routine. But Elias was exotic... and evidently hungry.

Taz gave him a little wave and was off again, stopping by another patron's table to fill their teacup up, and stopped to take a third order. She really wasn't running a restaurant. The Inn was a place for people to gather and gossip, but she'd failed to plan out anything for this morning having fallen asleep early and forgotten to get her yogurt culture going so she'd decided to make it a short order day, where everyone could pick.

Heading back to the kitchen, she put on four thick strips of bacon for the newcomer, grabbed a knife and hacked off a thick ham steak for him, and added that to the grill. Then she cracked three eggs for him and sliced off two thick slices of her bread to toast by the fire while the meat was cooking. The ham steak came off first since it was already cooked from a left-over ham she'd baked the night before. Once the bacon were almost done, she set the three eggs to frying and plated him up the meats and added in the eggs. She then garnished the plate with a wide assortment of fruit slices and bites from the icebox so they were still cold. He could fill his belly with the protein and then finish off his meal with the fruit.

She delivered the plate to him, also dropping off a fluffy omelet to the guy drinking tea she'd worked on while his meat was cooking. Then she hovered to make sure everything was to his liking. "The Jungle...." She started out, picking up the conversation where they'd left it off. "It's the best part of Syka really. I thought it would be the beach or the amazing weather, but its not. The jungle is full of life. It has so much food and so many medicines. It's a giant resource that many people don't understand when they look at it. We get our special cloth from plants that originally grew there. We get our building materials, rope, wood, and so much more. It's a beautiful place but incredibly deadly. Everything out there will bite you, sting you, poison you, or try to put you in their belly." She added, shrugging. "You don't control the jungle... you learn how to co-exist with it." She explained, then excused herself to check on the rest of the patrons.

She moved around the room, visiting with people, passing out more tea and juice while handing out more of the sweet treats, and then picking up dirty dishes and starting new breakfasts for others. It wasn't busy. It wasn't crowded, but it was homey. Tazrae was doing more socializing than working. When everyone seemed to be settled and Elias had more than enough time to dig into his breakfast and make a good dent in it, Tazrae wandered back to Elias' table and made herself at home. She settled opposite of him, and rested her chin on her elbow and studied him openly.

"Syka's a good place to settle. What are you going to do with yourself here?" She asked, curiously, wondering if he was the next business Syka needed or what his plans were. "Are you going to start a business here or something? Is there anything I can do to help?" She asked, curiously.
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