Tereth listened as she told the story of what had happened. He had seen glimpses of the conflict from a distance, but trying to kill a healer because someone was beyond saving? He knew healers, and they were typically good people. They had patched him up time and again after his hunts, and someday he knew the damage would be too severe to repair. Attacking one? He couldn't imagine.
He didn't say anything about it for a long while.
You would willingly follow someone who tried to kill you for no reason? he asked bluntly. His profession hadn't given him soft edges.
No amount of rage or despair excuses that, he said with a shake of his head, asserting his opinion whether it was asked for or not. He knew he couldn't make up her mind for her, but he knew he wouldn't have been caught dead in that situation. No matter what it would gain him. He had a tendency to kill things that killed others without reason.
All he could do was plant a seed of question in her mind. Her leg was mangled and torn to pieces and she was going to be left for dead. He wondered what fate had in mind to emerge from this moment.
When she offered him the jewelry, he found himself looking at it for a moment. He probably shouldn't have taken it, but his life wasn't one of abundance. The cost of elixirs and magical items was high, and some had been used in getting to here. He probably should have refused, but he didn't.
Thank you, he said with a nod as he took the offered payment. It was quite beautiful and he found himself looking at it for a moment before placing it in his small satchel of valuables.
Tereth Adathar, he said, as he took note of her name as well. Amol-Kalit was not the friendliest of lands, and having a friend in the region might serve well in the future.
If I survive this, I'm sure I will be back. I hope our paths cross again under better circumstances, he said. And perhaps I might help you avoid your attacker in the future, he thought to himself. No, he wouldn't always be there. The next time might end far worse. He hoped she took precautions to avoid the man in the future.
This all assumed that he would survive his ride to the monster. It threatened to ravage the world, and there was no telling what it had already laid waste to in the east. Things would get much worse before they got better. That much he knew.