Thanos’s gaze rests on the city of Whiterun. He notices a blacksmith talking to an Imperially dressed man. Making his way through the city he passes several townspeople, however he never makes eye contact. He does however keep his eyes gazing at the city, looking for something in specific. Passing the market district he looks off over to his left, noticing a cobbled wall with stairs, and then makes his way up those. Upon reaching the top, Thanos notices a large deadened tree and a shouting man near a shrine of Talos. He can’t help but shake his head at the nature of the man, shouting his lungs out about how he loves Talos. Divinity really never made sense. The mage’s practice was practical as it was scientific. Measured and calculated. Thanos noticed that he paused thinking about the man, shook his head again and looked up at the stairs beside the yelling man. He makes his way up those, rather quickly as to not be caught in the spiritual debate with the shouting lunatic.
Upon reaching the top of the stairs, Thanos is greeted by a guard. He knew he had reached where the Jarl had resided. The mage offers a reserved nod to the guard, walking into Dragonsreach. The fires keep the building warm on the inside. Thanos’s gaze combs the foyer as well as the throne room for possible quick exits, however in the middle of doing such, he’s greeted by a man dressed in posh leathered armor, much like a thief would wear. “Looking to see the Jarl?” the man asks. Thanos’s gaze greets the man and is taken slightly off guard at the man’s appearance. Red glowing eyes, short red hair that’s unkempt, complete with a scar on his face and a little scruff. “… Aye.” the mage replies. “I take it you’re not one for casual conversation are you?” the man smirks. “Nevermind that. Just follow the stairs up. I’m simply just waiting. For what, I don’t know, but I’m sure it’ll hit me eventually. I’ve got a long time to live anyways.” the man continues. Thanos blinks, completely baffled at the man’s eccentric behavior. He must have huffed the moon sugars again. Thanos walks up the stairs to the throne room, as a Dark Elven woman stops him. “Stop! The Jarl isn’t receiving any visitors or has an audience. What’s the meaning of this?” Thanos blinks at the woman’s sternness. “I’m here to tell the Jarl about the attack on Helgen. Mind sticking that blade somewhere where it’s not in my face? Thank you.” The Dark Elven woman blinks “You were at Helgen? He’ll want to talk to you then. Alright. You may approach.” Thanos walks up toward the Jarl. “So, you were at Helgen? You seen this dragon with your own eyes?” he asks the mage. Thanos lightly grins “I had a great view while the Imperials were trying to cut off my head.” “Really? You’re certainly… Forthright about your criminal past.” “With all due respect, just coming into Skyrim isn’t criminal. If it is, you need signs posted.” The Jarl laughs. “It’s none of my concern about who the Imperials are wanting to execute. ” Thanos nods. “What I want to know from you though, is what exactly happened at Helgen.” Thanos takes a deep breath. “Well, in the mid swing of the headsman, a dragon attacked Helgen. There was blood and chaos everywhere. Everything was burning. And it was headed this way after I escaped.” “By Ysmir! Irileth was right!” exclaims the Jarl. “What do you say now, Proventus? Shall we continue to trust the strength in our walls? Against a dragon?” he adds. “My lord! We should send troops to Riverwood at once. It’s in the most immediate danger, if that dragon is lurking in the mountains… ” Irileth suggests, however is cut of by Proventus. “The Jarl of Falkreath will see that as a provocation! He’ll assume we’re preparing to join Ulfric’s side and attack him! We should-” “ENOUGH!” The Jarl booms. “I’ll not stand idly by while a dragon burns my hold and slaughters my people! Irileth send a detachment to Riverwood at once.” “By your orders, my Lord.” Irileth kneels and leaves. “If you’ll excuse me, I’ll return to my duties.” Proventus snarks. “That would be best.” The Jarl coldly replies back to the Steward.
“Well done. You sought me out with your own initiative. You’ve done Whiterun a service and I won’t forget it. Please, accept this as a token of my esteem.” The Jarl hands Thanos an enchanted helmet. The mage thinks to himself “Well, I can’t use the helmet, but I can use the enchantment.” “Thank you, sir.” Thanos nods. “There is another thing you can do for me. Suitable for someone of your particular talents, perhaps?” The Jarl asks. Thanos’s ears perk up. “You have my interest.” “Let’s find Farengar, my court wizard. He’s been looking into a matter to these dragons… And rumors of them.” The Jarl beckons the mage to follow to Farengar’s study. “Farengar! I think I’ve found someone to help you with your dragon project! Go ahead and fill him in on the details.” Farengar clears his throat. Thanos seems unamused thinking to himself “Not another arrogant mage. Oh gods.” He however pays attention. “He must be referring to my research into the dragons. I could use someone to fetch something for me. Now when I mean fetch, I mean delve into a dangerous ruin in search of a stone tablet that may or may not be there. This stone tablet is in Bleak Falls Barrow. It’s called a Dragonstone and it’s supposedly a map of ancient dragon burial sites. Go there, get the tablet interred in the main chambers and bring it back to me. Simplicity in of itself.” Farengar rambles. “Alright. Have any spells?” Thanos inquires. “A few.” Farengar replies. Thanos browses a moment “I’ll take a tome of one of your finest shock spells as well as an enchanted shock staff, a few scrolls and some potions.” “That’ll be a thousand even.” Farengar holds out his hand. “Oh, what do you know… I have gold this time.” Thanos hands him a bag of gold. “You better be right about the location you two faced dog.” Thanos mutters to the eccentric mage, turning to the Jarl. “This is a priority now. Anything we can use to fight this dragon, or dragons. We need it quickly, before it’s too late.” the Jarl emphasizes. Thanos sighs and nods. “I understand. I’ll be back.”
It’s a little shorter than I would have liked it, but I’m a little further than this, so I’m trying to catch up! I’ll hopefully have another chapter up tomorrow! 😀