The guards moved around the castle, patrolling once again in the night air. While things seemed quiet, there had been news of trolls. If the Baron and the other lords left the castle, then patrolling would become more tense still.
For now, though, Portis and Gim were totalling up a list of complaints, as generations of soldiers had done before them. “That thing makes SUCH an unholy racket. It’s unnerving” says Gim, as he moves across the courtyard toward the front gate.
“It’s worse than that, it’s LOUD. When that beast howls, you can hear it for miles. I’m surprised we haven’t gotten complaints from Olegton, I’m sure they can hear the damned thing” states Portis.
“I’m sure it’s a lot quieter when you’ve got a fine pair of legs wrapped around your ears” quipped Gim. “Maybe someday we’ll get some leave. Till then.” With a snap, Gim shuts the padlock on the front gate, and the chains that reinforce the stout wooden palisade. With the gates closed, Olegton seems farther away.
“For now, though, we’ve got that beast to deal with. While I’m no fan of howling, have you heard the thing eat? It’s horrible. I saw it eat an entire turkey in two bites.” claims Portis.
“Eating’s not the problem.” states Gim. “It’s all got to come out the other end. It’s getting to smell worse than that bird-bear thing. And the size! That’s just not right” stated the guard, as they begin climbing the steps to the top of the wall to continue their patrol. From the wall, the guards had an excellent view of the courtyard and the surrounding forest.
And that is when the great wolf came into view, bounding along far faster than a man could run, even while entangled within some sort of leather net. A rope trailed behind the great beast as it ran, and at the end of that rope was a bedraggled dwarf, dragging in the dirt behind the creature. Few spoke the dwarf’s guttural language, but the tone suggested a series of curses upon the wolf’s ancestors. As the guards watched, the wolf leaped over a fallen tree, and then ran onward. The dwarf hit the tree with a thud, and the wolf slowed for just a second before the tree gave way with a crack. Then the wolf and dwarf were gone, deep within the cover of the trees.
“You know, I’m starting to get used to that thing all the same” grinned Gim “It’s got an upside.”