Where he had always been very picky about the jobs he took on, there were however also many eager and foolish mages out there that would do just about anything as long as it meant they got to earn their precious jewels and get recognized by the “Magic Council”, which was a governing body he had never really managed to understand properly. In nature, there were no councils of any kind. All there was, was an alpha that oversaw a pack and made the decisions while the others followed until the alpha was too weak or old to lead, in which case he got replaced by another. Clearly enough however, people seemed to like the idea of it, which was why many of them wanted to fall into their good graces. This had never been true for Solmar. He had always done things the way he believed they should be handled, doing the things he believed needed to be done for the sake of nature being able to thrive and the little people who dwelled in villages on the outskirts of society could continue to live with nature in a way that was different from the cities.
But to get back on his earlier train of thought, he knew how some mages would take on any job without fact checking the origin of the job first. No one thought about the bear they were hired to kill, and how it might have lived in the spot where their contractor had built their summer home, which had become a temporary den for a curious mammal. No one thought about the monster they killed when they ventured into the Monsterlands because someone had built their farm too close, and now had their entire farmland uprooted or turned into a breeding ground. No, all people cared about in this world was currency and status. Through it all, corruption slowly took root in this world while people merely turned a blind eye to it. That said, most of them were actually blind to it because of how well it managed to hide itself while moving under the “watchful gaze” of the mages of this land. Due to the industrialization, many people would not notice it when fish gradually grew bigger, no longer edible and more aggressive towards other species.
While such things would make things harder on fishing communities, it was not really something a mage would be concerned with as it might just be some kind of sickness or something caused by pollution. At least that was what people thought. Solmar however, was one of the select few who had seen some of the minions of corruption, being one of the few that had come into contact with some of these agents that sought to spread their filth and feed upon life itself. And that was exactly the reason why, for the first time in many, many years, Solmar found himself within the vast rainforests to the east of the country. Being quite used to spending time in forests and having a way with animals, he had nothing to fear from the poisonous plants he encountered along the way, nor from the predatory animals. In fact, some of them had quite some interesting things to say whenever he asked about the local “guild” known as Rakshasa. When he asked a panther, which had initially tried to attack the mage before it figured out that he could actually communicate with him, he claimed that most of them that he had seen in passing were quite naturalistic.
Only being able to tell the young black haired mage so much, the least the large black feline could do was to point him into the right direction before going away to hunt for new prey. Pointing him towards the ancient ruins he could see through the dense foliage, it was not long before he made his way into the place. From what he could tell, he was at the very least somewhat impressed by how they had not built an entire new guild hall in these lush forest lands, but had decided to occupy the ruins that were already there. That in itself showed that they cared about nature a bit, though the fact that they were known as an “eco-terrorist” group to some and as a “dark guild” to most within Fiore meant that they might not appreciate it when a stranger invaded their guild hall without being invited. That said, he figured that once they heard him out properly, they just might reconsider trying to kick him out, though he would welcome the challenge. If they did prove to be violent, he’d be able to get an accurate reading as to what these people were capable of, and whether or not they would be worth bringing into the fold. For the time being though, he would first try announcing himself.
“Yooooooooooooooooooooo, Anyone in here? You have a guest!”