It was a cold day in the city of Talonia. While it was mid afternoon, it was slightly darker than as the sky was filled with clouds, blanketing the land from the light of the sun. The streets of the city of the guildless was coated in snow and some ice, varying in some areas could be thirty centimeters thick while more well maintained streets had the snow shoveled and brushed off, ice melted or removed as well. To add to the serene beauty was the gentle snow fall cascading across the town, pushed by the gentle cool winds fluttering about. The town was brimming with life, most of the children who were out playing were slowly retreating back into their homes and a lot of markets were still open. The streets were light with Lacrimas, and there seemed to be a happy demeanor based on the ambient chatter of the town.
Luna and Amelia were walking through the town, enjoying the peaceful serenity as the streets were between crowded and empty. "You know Luna, you look strangely at ease since we're about to, you know, go into a dangerous pit?" Amelia asked, not trying to ruin the mood of the fairy. "I don't see it as a pit, I see it as a wealth of hidden knowledge waiting to be uncovered. Plus you gotta enjoy the mood, in a city that harbors the highest criminal and dark wizard population and can still find the courage to live joyfully, and the weather is just beautiful." Amelia raised an eyebrow with a quizzical stare towards Luna. "So you're good with the cold? But aren't most of your abilities based on plants and thus a warmer climate be more appropriate?"
Luna shrugged it off, she had spent many times in the cold, some of her fondest memories were in the midst of winter. Even when her family state seemed like it could not get any lower, they still held together throughout the coldest of times. "I'm a Nature Fairy and winter is as much a part of nature as plants, and if need be I can summon plants out here in this weather. Besides, some of my family's best moments were in the winter. I remember the year when Hakar managed to actually hunt a wart hog with a carving knife. That was a good meal." Amelia raised a eyebrow as given her knowledge of Luna's family that seemed like a contradiction. She remembered hearing about Luna's useless brother. Luna caught onto the impression and figured some clarity wouldn't hurt. "Before he was the town drunk, I was about ten at the time and a passing by hunter was breaking in a new animal partner who went wild and smelled the broth I was carrying and came at me, pinned me down and bruised and maybe fractured a few ribs, my arms were sore for two days and I couldn't walk for a while. Hakar was nearby picking up some of my father's spare tool replacements by coincidence, he tackled the hog and in a quick struggle got it off me and managed to kill the beast. Honestly that was probably one of my best memories of Hakar."
Amelia remained silent for a moment as she was trying to navigate through the listed directions on the job. Asking locals seemed to prove a fruitless endeavor as the responses were not helpful. The townsfolk either did not know or felt the directions being asked for were some form of joke. Eventually the two soon found the house in question. The two girls stopped out front, looking at the slightly run down house that appeared almost abandoned.
"Any red flags?" Amelia asked concernedly, Luna shrugged. "A few but nothing bad as long as we remain cautious. Seems like a great way to ambush and rob mages but even then we can't judge a book by it's cover."