The annual pilgrimage started in Mohelia and would take Adelaine south through the Principalities, past the plains of Zhazhir, then west to the forest of Fallow, ancestral home of the Yindu. The road would then curve back to the north, skirting the outlands where the barbarian clans of the Earthen roamed. She would continue on to the lands held by Casmir – the mage academies – and would finish, at last, in the occupied territory of Ikteq.
Shanza often pestered her, why undertake such an arduous journey year after year?
And, always, Adelaine would smile and reply, Why else? I’m a bard.
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