"Fang! Come over here boy. We are going to make our way over to that village to the south. They seem like some friendly fellows. Maybe we can get some work so I can stop sharing your food."
Fang came running up to his master happily. Jumping to his side where he has been since they first met over a year ago. It was a typical meeting of hunter and pet. Fang was doing what cats do best, hunting passing critters, when Strongbow walked up to him. He attacked Strongbow but Strongbow never fought back. He clawed at him a few times and even bit him once or twice but Strongbow never laid a hand on him. After a short time he realized this Tauren was his friend and not an enemy and he pledged his allegiance to him. Well, not right away. After Strongbow threw him a few slices of bear meat he knew that this was a friendship he would have forever.
That guy looks like he is in need of some help. Maybe I can offer him my services. I have a few copper so I can get some provisions for whatever task it is most likely. I hope he can use my services. My coin purse is a bit light lately.
"Excuse me good Sir Orc. rumor has it that you are in need of the services of an adventurer."
"Indeed Hunter I am. The alliance has setting up camp to the east and I would like to see some of their numbers dwindle. I would gladly pay you 20 silver if you can kill 12 laborers for me. It will slow down their building efforts."
"Deal. I'll take the job, thank you."
Now to find some place to buy some food. I have a few coins and I need to take some with me in case this adventure takes a while. I do not know how far east this camp is. It might be a long trip and at least I know I'll have 20 silver coming to me.
"Get your fresh food here. Fresh food here."
"Excuse me, can I see your goods?"
"Sure thing Hunter. I have all your needs right here."
"How much for... a... 20 of those?"
"I'd be willing to part with 20 of those for 1 silver 8 copper."
That was not bad at all. Never seen this kind of food before. I sure hope it is good. Last time I tried something new I was stuck in the bushes for three days trying to recover. Road food is not always safe and neither is vendor food sometimes.
After a long trek to the east that saw our beloved hero fighting his way through spiders and boars and countless other beasties of indeterminate species he finally had the camp mentioned in his sights. It was getting late, a 4 hour trip there alone, so he set up camp with Fang and the intention to get an early jump on the laborers in the morning.
The food he had gotten from the vendor was horrible to say the least but at least it did not give him an upset stomach this time. Looks like once again he will be sharing the scraps of meat he had picked up along the way to feed fang. He thought to himself that one day he needs to take the time to learn how to prepare this into a more edible food for him. Fang doesn't mind, he eats everything.
Morning came and Strongbow woke up to Fang licking his ears. Fang was ready for the day so that meant he needed to be ready for that day too.
The laborers were all over the place. Strongbow would need to make sure he put all his abilities to use if he was going to take out these laborers. They might not be fighters like he is but they will surely be to much for him to handle if he has to take them on in mass. They have the numbers. He tells Fang to hide behind a rock as he starts to sneak up to get a shot in on one of the laborers.
Twang! The arrow rings out as it catches the Laborer in the back. Strongbow runs behind the rock with Fang hoping that only that one laborer will come. As soon as he can hear the footsteps, and from the sounds of it there is only one set of footsteps, he tells Fang to attack. Fang jumps out from behind the rock and attacks the laborer followed shortly after by Strongbow putting a few arrows into the back of his head. That was a nice quick kill.
Rifling through the pockets of the recently deceased he finds a few pieces of cloth and some copper. This routine continues for a while, two, three and four laborers lured and killed. Five, six and then seven down. Each with a few copper pieces on them and a few with some cloth. None with anything else of consequence but still worth picking up to see if he can sell at a vendor when he gets back.
He and Fang take a small break to get something to eat having worked up an appetite from all that killing. Strongbow always tells Fang that killing is hungry work. He figures from where the sun is currently in the sky that he has more then enough time to kill five more laborers and can still get back to the village before night fall.
Some time later...
"I have returned Sir Orc, 12 laborers have fallen to my bow and my trusty companion's sharp teeth. May I please collect my bounty."
"Sure thing Hunter. Excellent work, here is your 20 silver."
"It was a pleasure doing business with you Sir Orc."
"I do have another task should you be interested in more work Hunter."
Strongbow thinks for a moment to himself knowing that he just finished a long journey. He had planned to sell off whatever he could that he gathered from the trip first either way. His bags where near full with things he had collected from the dozens of creatures he had to slay along his way not to mention the items he had looted from the little adventure he was sent on. After a moment of thought he figured he could at least listen to the task the Orc had to offer and even if he decides to take it he can sleep here for the night before heading out again in the morning.
"I might be intersted Sir Orc, what would you have of me?"
"The building efforts of the alliance over at the camp to the east has progressed. I need someone to go there and kill 8 Scouts and 8 Knights. I will pay you 28 silver for completing this task."
"You want me to kill WHAT?"
"8 Scouts and 8 Knights at the alliance camp."
"The one I was just at?"
"Why didn't you tell me to kill them while I was there? Do you know how long it took to get there? Do you know how many battles I had to endure just to make my way to the camp?"
"Oh, sorry. So will you do it?"
Strongbow walked away to head to the vendor to sell off his goods and then find a place to get a good nights sleep. Maybe things will look different in the morning and he will reconsider.
"Why do all these people like to waste my time Fang?"
"Yeah, I know, lets go get some real food."