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The Lighter Side of the Taint: The Horn of Valere, Part Three


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SCENE 3. HORN OF VALERE

 

MUSIC: (BRIDGE) MELODIC THEME, FADE UNDER

 

Narrator

 

When last we left our intrepid hero, he was planning to meet an unknown man and woman at a pub for a job. But just who were these mysterious people, and what was this job that they were needing him for?

 

 

(PUB BACKGROUND NOISES)

Lan

 

Your friend is late. Are you sure this is the best of ideas?

 

Moiriane

 

I was going to ask that professor we normally hire, but he was already out on a job. Besides, I didn't hear you come up with anything better.

 

Lan

 

What is it with you and guys that wear hats, anyway? At least this kid doesn't carry a whip.

 

Moiriane

 

Hush, here comes Mr. Cauthon now.

 

Lan:

 

And the older man with him?

 

Moiraine

 

I suppose we'll find out shortly, won't we.

 

(CHAIRS MOVING, PEOPLE SITTING DOWN WITH DRINKS)

Mat

 

Well, mister, I take it you're the one I'm looking for?

 

Moiraine

 

Actually, Mr. Cauthon, I'm the one that has the job for you. My associate is only here for security, as I assume your friend is as well?

 

Mat

 

In a fashion. Just consider us a team of professionals. There are two more of us outside, in case you're thinking of pulling something funny. Now, you went to the trouble of finding us, so I take it that you have a problem that no one else can help with?

 

Moiraine

 

In a fashion. I'm looking for an artifact. It's been missing for a long time, but I've come across a clue as to where it might be.

 

Mat

 

You want to hire us for a treasure hunt?

 

Moiraine

 

The challenge is in not just the hunt, but in who else may be looking for it. I want to hire you for travel to Tar Valon. Myself, my compatriot, our two horses, and no questions asked until we get there.

 

Thom

 

You in some sort of local trouble?

 

Moiraine

 

Let's just say that we'd like to avoid any unnecessary entanglements.

 

Mat

 

Well, that's the trick then, isn't it. It's going to cost you. Let's say 50 crowns now, and 50 when we get to Tar Valon.

 

Lan

 

A hundred crowns? We could hire a regiment for that.

 

Mat

 

But who will you get to lead them? You?

 

Lan

 

I'm not that bad of a captain.

 

Moiraine

 

I'll agree to the price, but 25 up front, 25 when we get to Tar Valon, and the rest when we reach our final goal.

 

Mat

 

Deal. When do we leave?

 

Moiraine

 

Tonight would be best. I'd hate to dally only to find it's been wiped off the face of the Pattern.

 

Mat

 

Thom, gather the others and have them meet us at the stables.

 

 

 

(FADE OUT ALL SOUND)

 

MUSIC: (BRIDGE) MELODIC THEME, FADE UNDER

 

 

Narrator

 

And so the journey begins. Join us again in two weeks when our intrepid heroes reach the gates of Tar Valon, and find out just what they've gotten themselves into.

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