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    #76
    Gloria would conclude her business at Sirella's with a small bag containing the training outfit that she would wear later in the night. Vanessa was even kind enough to add an extra t-shirt as well. With the arrangement made, Gloria would expect everything else she had ordered to be delivered in the morning. Having finished her business Gloria would move onto potentially buying a new sword and shield.

    Idryll and Tabitha would lead Gloria over to a forge where she would hopefully be able to buy a new sword and shield. Meeting one of the blacksmiths at the forge, Gloria would find a wide array of swords and shields on display for her to try. Adrik would test Gloria's strength by having her squeeze his wrist. This would show very clearly that Gloria was by no means a powerful fighter as her grip was at best mediocre.
    Adrik would soon after suggest a metallic shield slightly larger then the one she presently had. Taking hold of the shield, Gloria would find that aside from the shield being slightly bigger it was an almost perfect fit. Waving her arm around and making small gestures would confirm that Gloria had finished her search for a new shield. Gloria would quip, "How much for this one?" before moving on to look at the various long swords that the forge had on offer.

    Gloria would gravitate toward the simpler longswords since they reminded her of what she already had back at the guild. Gloria would show no interest in the longer swords that also likely required both hands to use properly. Gloria would listen to what Adrik would suggest if he were to offer any advice. Having settled on the shield already Gloria would only seriously pursue a new weapon if she could afford to do so. Depending on how much Gloria would have left over, her intention was to make it clear how much gold she had left over for a new sword. Gloria would go on to state that she would get the shield painted once she were to come back from Crimea. Gloria considered that it would be inappropriate to have the shield painted with the same design as her current shield. Perhaps Gloria could be inspired to consider a new design for the new shield once it were tested in battle.
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      #77
      "That one will run you five gold, and the regular longswords will be seven, but if you get both together I'll knock it down to ten gold. That's the best deal I can offer, else I'll get in trouble with the boss. But if you want any recommendations... I'd say one of these here," Adrik said, pulling up a nice and dark gray colored sword, that had a a good 4 or 5 of inches more length than her current sword, but it was oddly lighter. "This is one of our better swords if you don't mind paying extra for it. This one was made by the boss. One of the better, albeit more expensive swords. If you got the money that is. Fifty gold for it, but it's one of the best non magical blades you'll find. But if that's out of your price range, then one of these perhaps. These are one of the simpler ones," he went on to say, letting Gloria test the more expensive sword a bit before testing a few others, where she'd eventually find another longsword that was pretty close to her own that was 7 gold, but as Adrik had said, he'd give her both for only 10 gold if she was going to get both.
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        #78
        Gloria would let out a bit of a sigh of relief when she heard the price of 5 gold. Listening further to Adrik, Gloria would realize that she was going to be the benefactor of a bit of a deal. She could get the shield she was currently looking at as well as a sword for a combined 10 gold for the lot. "I think I will be taking you up on that offer, Adrik. Now to find a sword.." Gloria would look to see if there was a counter where she could place the shield that she had settled on while she started to peruse the swords. There was just about everything she could ever think of in front of her as she looked around. Gloria would try to confine herself to a sword that would fit her style and abilities right now.

        Being steered by Adrik over toward the swords next, Gloria could not help but be taken aback somewhat by the sheer number of weapons available. Gloria presently had a sword that when she held it would extend about halfway down her leg to a few inches above her ankles. Looking at a few longswords, Gloria would soon defer to Adrik as he would present a few weapons. They were slightly longer and also lighter than the sword she presently had. Soon after, Adrik would pull out a much darker sword and offer it to Gloria to try. The quality of the blade was fantastic, the balance was right, and the overall worksmanship was clear. However there was the minor detail of the cost. "Unless, Idryll or Tabitha chip in.. I could not afford this one now.. Sorry." Gloria would full well assume that neither were willing to front the other half of the money for that blade. With 31 gold and a few silver remaining, as well as 5 gold already spoken for with the shield Gloria had picked out, it was likely she would have no real means of being able to get this more expensive but also higher quality blade unless either of her guildmates were willing to front the other half of the price for Gloria.

        Moving on to a few other blades, Gloria would move onto finding a far more mundane weapon that was to her liking. Not quite long enough to be a bastard sword, but longer and more streamlined than the bulkier sword she presently had, Gloria would look back over to Adrik as she would find the sword she was most comfortable with out of all of the blades that were on offer within the shop. "Here, this.. This is the one." Gloria would declare after making a few moves with the blade. Assuming neither Idryll nor Tabitha were to step in and help Gloria buy the better sword, that would conclude her business with Adrik. With the shield being a definite purchase and the sword being conditional upon either Idryll or Tabitha stepping in, Gloria would take her final selections with her and hopefully make her way back to the guild hall with little issue so that Idryll and Gloria could get some training in with what was left in the night.
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          #79
          "Of course lass. I don't mind giving you at least a little bit of a discount. I just need to be careful. The boss can be a bit prickly at times if we give a bigger sale on something than we're supposed to," Adrik replied with a smile while Gloria looked for a sword.

          "Well now that's okay lass. This one will probably still be here the next time you come if I had to guess," Adrik said, not seeming to mind that she couldn't get it.

          "I could help, I don't mind," Tabitha said, before glancing over at Idryll.

          "Sure, you can owe us hon," Idryll said with a smile. "And by owe us, I mean you can have a bit of fun with me tonight, regardless of the outcome of our sparring session," the elven girl said as her smile turned into a grin.

          "Well if that's settled, the total's fifty five gold," Adrik said as the group talked to one another.

          "Let us handle the sword, you get the shield. Deal? Besides, the better all our equipment, the better our chances of completing our mission." Tabitha said to Gloria, giving her a thumbs up.
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          Also check out my erotica novelette, Angel's Sin. There is an image link of my book cover to the Amazon Kindle Store page for it, so check it out.
          Spoiler


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          Also check out my brother's sci-fi/drama novel. It's on the Amazon Kindle Store the same as mine, but obviously in a different genre of course. And also check out my Brother's Patreon page to check out all of his books, as he has quite a few on there now that he's written.

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            #80
            Gloria was somewhat shocked that Idryll and Tabitha were so helpful toward her. "I'm.. not quite sure how I would thank you both..but.. Thanks!" Gloria would show an obvious smile as she had already been able to befriend these two. She could not argue with their logic that the better equipped and trained Gloria was then the more effective she would be come tomorrow in Crimea. The last thing Gloria would want to do was just simply ride Tabitha and Idryll's coat tails as it were. With the gear settled, Gloria would not wait to get her hands on her new shield as she almost fumbled her whole pouch of gold trying to get the 5 gold that Adrik had asked for it.

            Gloria had a backpack with her new training outfit and now she had both a new sword and shield mostly thanks to Tabitha and Idryll. She would have to work this off, no doubt about it, but Gloria was already thinking that she would collect that 1000g reward for their mission in Crimea and that would easily cover a repayment to Idryll and Tabitha. It was a somewhat dangerous gamble, but Gloria was more than willing to bet on herself and her newfound friends. Once the exchange was made, Gloria just had one thing on her mind and the level of nerves was already getting to her in anticipation. "Can we go back to the guild hall now and get ready to train?" Gloria would not even try to hide the excitement she had as she wanted to try out her new sword and shield some. Since they had already agreed to use practice weaponry when they were to spar against each other, Gloria knew that she had to do something at least to get some time in with her new sword. Hopefully Idryll or Tabitha may have had something in mind that she could do before their sparring that would allow her to work out with the sword that was just bought for her.
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              #81
              "Alright then, I'll get you a good sheath for the sword and a strap for the shield to sling it over your shoulder then," Adrik said with a smile as Tabitha and Idryll looked at one another and checked their coin purses to get their money out.

              "How about this, you can pay us back double when we complete the mission. Fair enough?" Idryll said, flashing Gloria a wink before Adrik returned with the sword now in a new sheath, which he then handed to Gloria as Idryll and Tabitha both pulled half the cost of the sword out each, and after that they prepared to head back to the guild hall.

              Heading back to the guild hall, Idryll looked over at Gloria and motioned at her to follow her out to the practice yard after she changed into her new training clothes, where Idryll got herself ready, and Tabitha took herself a seat to watch the two prepare to go at it. "Hmm, if you like Gloria, we can set up a practice session for you against one of the lesser captured monsters the guild keeps for training purposes. Before you and Idryll go at it. Be a good way of testing your new sword and shield," Tabitha suggested as she sat down.
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              Also check out my erotica novelette, Angel's Sin. There is an image link of my book cover to the Amazon Kindle Store page for it, so check it out.
              Spoiler


              It's also on Excitica, which is an erotic book site.

              Also check out my brother's sci-fi/drama novel. It's on the Amazon Kindle Store the same as mine, but obviously in a different genre of course. And also check out my Brother's Patreon page to check out all of his books, as he has quite a few on there now that he's written.

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                #82
                "Double! You're mad Idryll.. We'll talk about this when we get back to the guild hall.." Gloria would try to get herself a "deal" as Idryll was trying to take advantage of Gloria a little bit earlier than she had expected. While Adrik was out of ear shot, Gloria would make a muffled protest at the suggestion of having to pay double what Tabitha and Idryll did for the sword. Gloria was not going to keep up her protest very long but the shock of Idryll's suggestion was enough to get a reaction from Gloria that would see her huff her chest and stamp her left foot into the ground. This was something Gloria would address later on because she did not want to make a scene inside the forge and have Adrik give their gold back due to their disagreement. It was just too awkward a situation for for Gloria at this moment.

                The group would make it back to the guild hall, and Gloria would almost immediately run into her room and change. The dress could not have come off fast enough as Gloria would quickly throw on the much more form fitting attire that was chosen from Sirella's. Looking over at the extra shirt that was given to her, Gloria would keep that aside for the time being. Right now, Gloria wanted to focus solely on training as that was really the whole intent for the rest of the night. Gloria wanted to get herself up to speed, and also address the new sword that was bought for her by Tabitha and Idryll. Before they got started, Tabitha had made a suggestion from the sidelines. Gloria had something else in mind, "That sword isn't mine just yet, I think we need to settle this paying back double madness first." Gloria was trying to hint at a potential wager of some kind but did not want to interfere with her training session with Idryll either.

                Gloria was still somewhat upset that the rug was pulled out from under her when Idryll decided to double the price of the sword that was bought from Adrik. Maybe this matter could be settled in some way since it was now weighing Gloria down and obviously so that it needed to be addressed before anything else could really happen.
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                  #83
                  "Yeah you're right you're right. Double's Far too much hon, and I was a bitch to even suggest it," Idryll said after Tabitha gave her a bit of an incredulous look and thumped her in the gut with an elbow.

                  "Yeah no shit Idryll. Gloria, so long as we complete the mission tomorrow, you needn't pay me back. Helping to complete the mission will be payment enough for me. And that's not me taking pity, that's me being honest. A thousand gold's far more than the twenty five I paid to help get you properly equipped. So think nothing of it," Tabitha told Gloria with a pretty honest look on her face, while Adrik decided to not make it any of his business what the girls were arguing about.

                  On the way back, Gloria would overhear Tabitha chewing Idryll out a little bit about that too, giving the elf girl an ear full about trying to take advantage of Gloria like that, and after they arrived back and she had gotten changed and everything, Idryll was standing there waiting for Gloria with her head hanging a little bit. It seemed that Tabitha had given her even more of an ear full while Gloria got changed, and she bowed in apology to Gloria when she came over to settle the matter. "Y-Yeah, double is madness, I agree hon. I'm sorry. Y-You can pay me back the twenty five I paid into it for you if you like after the job tomorrow, but you don't have to since we'll all be getting paid a thousand a piece. Tabitha... m-made me see reason," Idryll said to Gloria, while Tabitha flashed a wink over at Gloria, making it clear that Idryll was at least somewhat scared of Tabitha, or what she'd said to her anyway.

                  "Now, you get warmed up with one of the lesser monsters Gloria, and yes the sword Is yours. Because I say it is. And you need good equipment to do a good and proper job after all," Tabitha told Gloria with a proud look in her eyes. "What do you want to warm up with? We got blue slimes, which are similar to the green ones save they don't eat your clothing, but are a bit more aggressive. Then we got your basic corrupted wolves that are quite a bit more feral than a regular one. And there's the summoned goblins. All of them we can bring in, where if you "kill" them, they don't actually die, but just get un-summoned as it were," Tabitha went on to ask, giving three examples of lesser monsters that could be brought out for her to fight in a warmup match.
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                    #84
                    "I appreciate your generosity, but I will at least pay you back the gild weather you like it or not Tabitha. The same goes for you as well, idryll." Gloria would state as she heard both idryll and Tabitha talk once she came back down to the training area. With the sword now settled, Gloria would take possession of it. Swinging her new blade a few more times, Gloria would consider what she could test her weapon against.

                    "Have either of you been to Crimea before? Maybe I should tske on something that is likely to be found there? I guess with unexpolered ruins, anything could be there.. hmm? Still i have no reason to doubt either of you so perhaps you would not mind pickimg what i fight? I doubt I will be able to pick and choose my enemies when we are in Crimea, so why should I do it now?"

                    Gloria would make her case that it ahould be Idryll or Tabitha that picked the opponent for Gloria to test her new weapon on. Deferring to the idea that either of them may have been in Crimea previously and would know more of what to expect over there.
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                      #85
                      "Very well then, just know that you don't need to okay hon," Tabitha told Gloria with a smile about being repaid. "Now go ahead and get used to the weight of that blade. It's a really good one," she added.

                      "Hmm... I've been a few times, but only to the capital, Nevassa, and its surrounding lands," Idryll replied when asked if she'd ever been to Crimea before.

                      "I've been several times myself, and it's a fairly beautiful country honestly. Been to Nevassa, Pylea in Crimea's river lands area, and as far east as Glassmoor. Glassmoor is surrounded by mostly jungle type area just to the east of it, and some more temperate forest to the west. Between Glassmoor and Nevassa is Gariland, and it's around the central part of Crimea, just to the east of where the great valley is that divides the country from east to west. East is more wild, while west is more civilized, basically. Honestly I'm Kind of hoping that the lands we'll be going to won't be too high up in the mountains, but if it is, then we'll need to bring our cloaks and some warmer stockings and stuff most likely, because Crimea's mountains can get a bit cool, despite being further to the south and stuff than Melior here," Tabitha said, giving Gloria a bit of information as she decided to let Tabitha and Idryll choose her a test opponent. "As for what we could run into... it depends on the ruins. But knowing Crimea, I'd wager it'll be something with tentacles, which means it's both good to have a shield like you both have, and not good at the same time, as you'll be able to block sure, but once the creature those tentacles are attached to gets wise enough, they'll just grab your shield and force you to let it go or get drawn in. So maybe you should test yourself against something that has a greater reach than you, I think. If you're feeling up for it that is," she went on to say, motioning for Idryll to grab something from what appeared to be a closet of sorts at the back of the training yard, where she returned with a staff.

                      "Alright then, think one of the blue slugs would be a good one to start with then?" Idryll asked Tabitha, who nodded after a few seconds of debate.

                      With that, Idryll waved the staff and a fairly large sized bluish colored slug appeared with a flash of light. It was definitely bound to the staff, and Idryll by way of the staff, and didn't seem to move without Idryll's permission... likely a safety feature for training purposes. "Alright, whenever you're ready Gloria, I'll let him loose," Idryll said as Gloria got the chance to size up the slug.

                      The slug sat at a good four and a half feet tall, and a good two feet wide, and it had two large antennae on its head, or what seemed to be its head. On its body along its sides, Gloria saw it had 8 long tentacles that were about an inch and a half thick each, and on its underbelly it had a small slit like pouch that Gloria could clearly see its breeding tentacle. "We're... not entirely sure what they're supposed to be. But we just call them blue slugs," Idryll commented as Gloria got to size the creature up. "Now one last question. Do you want me to stop it before it... w-well, you know? Assuming it manages to get the better of you I mean," she then asked curiously, blushing a bit.
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                      Spoiler


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                      Also check out my brother's sci-fi/drama novel. It's on the Amazon Kindle Store the same as mine, but obviously in a different genre of course. And also check out my Brother's Patreon page to check out all of his books, as he has quite a few on there now that he's written.

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                        #86
                        Gloria would listen to Tabitha as she started to explain what she knew of Crimea. As Tabitha would describe it, Gloria would speculate the place was fairly hostile from what she was hearing from Tabitha. "No wonder you wanted to get me this new sword, but the mountains.. That could be a problem." Gloria would emphasize her point by grazing her hand over her skirt and pointing down toward her sandals. Gloria did not entirely think to get a pair of boots or any manner of stockings for her legs.

                        Once Tabirha was done, idryll would summon forth the monster they had decided upon. A "Blue slug" as it was called by Idryll, Gloria would look it over while bringing her sword and shiled to the ready. Gloria would look back over towards idryll as she voiced her concerns about the monster perhaps getting the better of Gloria. "I guess it depends on how much you want to watch. Though I would rather not have this 'thing' be what I end up being with for my first time" Gloria would indirectly tell Idryll that she was still a virgin and not too keen about changing that status right now. Then again, if gloria did lose, she was in no real position to dictate what her opponenr could or could not do to her were she to be defeated. This was something she had seen happen to others few times.
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                          #87
                          "Aye, if it's in the mountains, I'd wager they'll provide us with some warm clothing though. But the job descriptions usually inform us about those kinds of things at least," Tabitha replied with a nod.

                          "Fair enough, I'll keep it from doing anything like that then," Idryll replied about the blue slug, watching and waiting for Gloria to finish getting ready before she let the blue slug go at Gloria.

                          Once they were ready to begin, the slug slithered towards her a bit quicker than the slimes had before earlier that day, and two of its tentacles prepared to swing out at Gloria in an attempt to knock her down, making it clear what its intentions were. "Do be worried to cut the tentacles off. They'll regenerate after he's been defeated," Idryll told Gloria as the slug advanced on her.
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                          Also check out my erotica novelette, Angel's Sin. There is an image link of my book cover to the Amazon Kindle Store page for it, so check it out.
                          Spoiler


                          It's also on Excitica, which is an erotic book site.

                          Also check out my brother's sci-fi/drama novel. It's on the Amazon Kindle Store the same as mine, but obviously in a different genre of course. And also check out my Brother's Patreon page to check out all of his books, as he has quite a few on there now that he's written.

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                            #88
                            Gloria would take one last look over the situation once Tabitha had mentioned that this mission tomorrow might be in the mountains. Thinking about that right now was not going to do Gloria any favors at all since her primary focus was now the blue slug that Idryll had summoned into the training area. Looking the monster over, Gloria would notice that it seemed to have tentacles that were going to be the main avenue for Gloria to have to defend against. This might be a good time to see how well a good offense would make up for playing defense. With her new sword, Gloria felt that she could move faster and strike faster since the blade and shield she had now were lighter than the weapons she had initially arrived in Melior with earlier in the day.

                            Looking over toward Idryll as she had said to essentially cut the tentacles off, Gloria would affirm that the tentacles were her target for the time being. Gloria would advance forward to meet the slug and start to see if she could find some way to exploit how the slug moved. Did the tentacles move in any discernable pattern she could exploit. Possibly with the slug being so wide, if Gloria could get herself off to one side and use her speed in that fashion then she could mitigate the potential for only having to deal with one side of tentacles while being out of range of the other. With her sword in one hand and her shield attached to the other, Gloria would move into range and engage the blue slug.
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