An uneasy lack of certainty began to filter into the thoughts of this creature, being named now by so many, 'Zahdu', and though it held no reason to not trust this new ally of equally dark skin, outside its native realm, her mind so well guarded, being able to pry her intentions from her mind without leaving a trace of the invasion was an alien situation to it. Through the forest on its usual route, Zhadu leads, and back toward a tree line near to the fences to hold in cattle, and here it pauses, reaching out to the animals beyond, planting suggestions of safety and peace, lulling them to let down their guard. The villagers, were too numerous and too alerted to strange happenings to have much lasting effect, and are left out of this. Even so, it warns, [red]~The dreamer and its kin are awake and gathered together, however their four-legged guard-beasts rest easy, for the moment. This is as far as I go, they are watching for me now.~[/red]
[[OOC: As for the specific month, I am not particularly familiar with FR terminology on this point, or if there is a difference, so if anyone has the FR and Real Life equivalents, that would be helpful.]]
At mention of payment for services, the little farming community gave only a little pause, as they didn't have much to offer in way of coin, but if they could be rid of this pest, more than willing to offer spare lodging, and free meals to these two guests in exchange for their services and protection. Throughout the discussion between Veraka and Elwyn though many were the silent listeners who hung on every reply and retort between the two. One among them, from the recently thrashed hunting party, while not understanding, recognizes a few of Elwyn's choice words in Drow, and murmurs of concern begin arising, until the elder puts in, "Please, Master Elwyn, Sir Veraka, we haven't much to spare fer wealth, but we can provide ye both lodging and meals. And Master Elwyn, please do for me a favor, an' refrain from speakin' other languages, it does ye no credit given how the village is already uneasy. 'Tis midsummer, the solstice is nearly upon us now."
Around this time, is when most of the village's dogs begin in unison dozing off, and sent the same impression from beyond the distant tree-line to relax and sleep, Aurora is targeted with the same brief telepathic suggestion. And at the same moment Josah's father speaks up, "Whatever ye two are gonna do, if yer fer takin' me boy fer this matter, I'll be havin' yer honored words, he'll be kept safe!"
Also this is the point, with the assistance of some of his closest aids, the elder has the villagers disperse and begin returning to their own homes and farms. Some suspicious of Elwyn now as well, and unwilling, but in due course, they too are cleared out. The elder once more addresses the pair of would-be heroes, "Take good care of our young Josah, it's a rare thing out here, for a young lad so full of dreams of adventure t'have good role models, rather than the rogues and bards we normally see come through."
((To Veraka's gaze, the boy may not be as purely good as the paladin, but even for a young man, Josah's goodness, is decidedly much more strongly evident, than most boys his age, as for the other moral spectrum of law and chaos, he yet resides in a neutral place here, not quite a criminal but most young men are given to being rebellious now and then.))
((To Elwyn's, there's no evidence of magic upon Josah, enchantments or otherwise, he shows neither any obvious signs of sorcerous ability.))
((The only thing out of place, could one perceive it, is a second astral cord tethered to him, or in the very least through him. Like looking at a length of twine threaded through a hole in a closed door.))