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Roderick the Baker's Son

The firstborn of a humble baker, though not possessing the strength of a great warrior the young man holds great courage and conviction of a hero.

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by Ironman11

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A nation on the continent of Siv'en. It is led by a King and six Jarls that rule the six districts of Skyfall from the Exalted Mountains down to the Empyrean Sea. Their numbers are large and their armies are mighty.

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Full Name: Roderick, Son of Caleb

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Roderick the Baker's Son's Story

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Roderick the Baker's Son was carrying a simple bundle of firewood. The oven was very picky on which to fed its hearth to brighten and live and produce fine wheat. This had required young Roderick to venture in the local woods outside the walls and hack away for timber, the walk was quite a while and he had not realized how dark it was until he was journeying back. Still, he knew the wood was essential and thus continuing along with his haul he ventured into the somewhat barren city street at night.

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Roderick the Baker's Son nimbly was pacing about until he felt that he went smack into a solid stone wall causing the young man to fall to his bottom. He released a soft breath, what on earth just hit him!? His eyes dawned up to his amazement to see another young man his age, or around it whom was much shorter and skinnier than he. He almost stood slightly dumb founded before he paused to collect the neatly stacked bundle of wood. "I deeply apologize." He gave to the passerby. "I suppose I should watch where I am going." He proposed, his voice was soft and kind and a kind smile followed suit.

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The young man stood upward balancing himself for a moment as he lifted his bundle slightly lower, a much easier task for the other to stack the few that were left back where they should be. "Its quite alright." Roderick chose to reply, the kind smile was still along his face "Of course I forgive you, accidents happen." He proposed before he listened "Gaius?" he inquired again before he nodded his head with respect "I am Roderick." he introduced. Help was then offered, the young lanky man pausing looking at Gaius. "Well..." He said.

That would certainly get things done alot faster. "Just as long as you don't have anywhere to be right at the moment." He countered.

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Roderick the Baker's Son had everything he needed now, listening to the other as he offered a bright chuckle "Well Gaius, my family runs its baking oven at a small shop in the Northern Gates. Quite a far place to gather wood but it was all he could afford as tenants." He explained. "I had started the journey early in the afternoon, I have just arrived now. My father had to tend to the bakery to insure the oven his not extinguish, for if it did it would require alot more wood to start it up again." He explained diligently hoping the warrior would understand.

"Still, someone to help me divide the weight would be nice." He offered handing him a half bundle.

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Roderick the Baker's Son turned around, Women's work!? Obviously the stranger had never baked. "It take tedious time, patience and a very steady hand or else the bread is ruined." he defended the noble profession as he carried the bundle further down. He could relate to the forge and the oven though, somewhat nice to find a kindred spirit in a similar workspace.

"Besides, if you were only around it might help how to cook your own bread." he commented with a light chuckle.

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[i]That... Was certainly a kind offer. "I will have to ask my father on that stead." He spoke respectfully. His father was the head of the household, but the thought of his son learning a great trade like such would diffidently reward a blessing. "I simply fear I don't have the muscle for Ironworking." Which was quite true, men needed great bulk to hammer the crude material into a finer metal. "I would be honored though." He answered somewhat continuing along their path.

His companion also had very beautiful eyes. . If he was a much bolder man he might want to stare into them for a while.

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"Not far now." Didn't one needed to toil in the iron to produce the more purer steel? He had always saw blacksmith toil with the material, but then again he was no blacksmith himself. He listened keeping attentive of the path they were journeying as he smiled again. "Just a few more streets up. We should be there in no times hence." He promised.

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It was already late morn, Roderick had been diligently running the oven and baking more loafs of bread as his younger brothers and sisters were running errands all across the city. They were many hands to help within Roderick's family but many mouths to feed a reason why his family were bakers to begin with. Bread was a common stable among Roderick's neighborhood and thus their was always business around the morn and the evening for breakfast and dinner.

His father was at the front, a man twice his senior than Roderick who had an honest face and a good heart. Roderick saw the man barter some goods with a local who could not pay, a fair enough payment in his mind as the family could always use some more things about the living space above. With a tender smile Roderick continued to work the baking oven removing another fresh loaf as he let it to cool.

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The old bell of tin rung slightly as the door was opened, the front was not much to behold just an old stone room with a counter where the hot loafs were stacked on top of one another neatly. Caleb: Roderick's father had been cleaning his hands with a bucket of water he gathered from the fountain a small walk away looking up as he dried his hands with a small rag. "Welcome." He greeted simply.

Roderick peeked from the backroom and smiled realizing it was Gaius. Somewhat arriving with the hot loafs to replace the somewhat barren empty old counter. "Hello again." He greeted before he turned back to the much older matured man "Father, this is the man I spoke to you about." He answered.

Caleb somewhat looked to his boy and then back to the man before him "It come to my understanding that you're offering to teach my son a trade." The old man announced.

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The old man turned back to Roderick, that was not mention before he turned around "I'm sorry then, our own family can't afford to take on another apprentice at the moment." Such a trade was expensive of materials and time which Roderick's family could not afford. "I like your good will." Caleb said afterwards "It was a very kind offer." With that said he pulled out a small scale used to weigh in the bread. "About 2 bits of copper per loaf." He explained the market price for bread in the city to avoid undercutting.

Roderick somewhat offered a slightly uneasy smile, at least it was a good idea while it lasted.

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"Yesterday's Load is 1 bit."

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The Old Man slightly grimmanced as he saw the coin being produced along the old counter. He rolled his eyes: Adventurers. "No I mean its two bits of copper." He explained as he pushed a gold coin away and opened a small box to make change. He ruffled through returning surprisingly 8 bits of silver and 18 bits of copper in change.

Roderick slightly paused seeing the Norse get difficult. "Father, we could use the extra help." He suggested though the older man shook his head sternly. he was a rather proud man, even when they were at their poorest he refused to accept anykind of help with the extreme exception. The young man released a soft breath turning back over to Gaius.

"Well, I don't think you understand Gaius." he answered for his father "An apprentice is usually not paid, but he is expensive on materials when he needs to learn the trade, he needs to be watched an maintenance which requires one who could be working the oven or commencing the trade to attend to him losing an extra hand around the shop." He negotiated.

"Were not at the place where investing all that effort in a new tradesman would help us. In fact I am sorry to say this, but it would hinder us greatly."

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"I insist you take it, a sovereign is a great deal of money to simply forgo." Caleb the Baker spoke with the undertone of his voice being 'I do not accept charity'. He listened as Roderick turned around to consul his father "You always wanted me to have a better life, did you not father?" he inquired "But not at the expense of your own family son." Caleb countered and the young man nodded his head "Yes I understand, but if Gaius does really move into the city... perhaps he could become a partner in business."

It was the trick of the right words, a business partner was more of a financial dealing than just continually accepting coin: something to save face. The old man considered for a moment before he announced "And just what is your position?" he inquired.

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A Friend? He glanced back at Roderick. The old man had supposed Roderick was a good boy, always the kind one and he supposed that seemed like a fine reason than anything else. He spoke of what could be offered which made the man nod his head slowly "Very well. I respect your desires for a peaceful trade." he spoke "I will see what I can do to make this partnership work."

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Roderick the Baker's Son somewhat smiled after those words somewhat joyful that things were now working out.

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Roderick the Baker's Son slightly paused as he looked over "I think someone else owns a shop across the street from ours." he explained as the old man nodded his head. "And please, no 'sir' after all were not knights." The good nature lad jested with a light chuckle. "I suppose we could scout around for a free workspace after the morn is over. At the moment though, I and my father need to get back to work." he stressed.

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Roderick the Baker's Son was pacing down the marketplace in a relative peace about his step, a soft smile raised across his gentle face as he was lugging some firewood purchased for a few copper bits for his father's oven. The call of the vendors was a rather interesting sport, even as a child Roderick and others children would gather and see which merchant could spin the most elaborate tall tale in selling their ware.

He stopped, his eyes were drawn to the pelts and furs and meat that were being advertised by a skilled orator. The young man inspected his own pouch, a few coins left over. Perhaps he could find a bargain. So very keenly he began to browse diligently.

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Roderick the Baker's Son paused, feeling like he had somehow been drafted into the spectacle. The young man had just been browsing some meats, most were of a fine quality that could serve for some delicious stew in the bellies of his family if he could find a good price of it. Now though he was being presented game and food he expected the wealthy landlady that owned Roderick's Family Store for rent would eat. Feed the rest to her mean dogs.

"I will not doubt that friend, Any bird I have every eat were mostly stringy sparrow." he slightly joked, though very honest on the matter. Vension? Boar? My word what a feast. "I am actually eyeing the pair of hares you have on your cart." He gestured, stew would be good.

"How much are they?"

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Roderick the Baker's Son slightly stroke his chin, observing the finely caught rabbit as the young man looked back to Trent. 3 bits of silver for two hares!? That was very costly. The arrows used to pierce the pair was probably worth a lot less! "Well... if the normal price is 10-15, how about 5-7 a pop?" he bartered. Haggling was always a neat little thing to do around market, two for the price of one they said.

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Roderick the Baker's Son face brighten up "Sold!" Were the first words he granted. That was a great deal. Reaching into his pouch he exchanged a few copper bits for the pair of hares, quite a sale. "You seem to be making a great deal of coin, do you really shoot for the Dwarven Stout? I am sorry I couldn't help but overhear."

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Roderick the Baker's Son paused as he accepted the wrapped pair of hares placing it on top of his firewood. "The Valentelereths sound like kindly and good souls." He complimented. It seemed like quite the great deal of work managing two professions "You seem to bear great fruits from your labors." He commented admiring the large amount of game. "How do you find the time to tend to the vine and knotch the bow?" He asked curiousity getting the better of him./

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Roderick the Baker's Son slightly chuckled "I will be fine." He boasted "I make a trip like this every morrow after the oven had burned its last loafs. An extra pair of hares shouldn't be much worry." The son of Caleb proposed as he hefted the load again very stable in his own hands. "I'm Roderick by the way, Son of Caleb." He introduced with a friendly and sunny smile.

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Hm... I am not sure.