Epilogue: Moving On
What in the name of Talos was that thundering sound from the sky. And why did it say "dovahkiin"?
Maybe Jarl Balgruuf would have the answer.
I hurried back into the City of Whiterun, and was about to start up the hill until I saw a guard speaking to two strangely dressed men. They must have been Redguards.
"Look, you've already been told you're not allowed here. Turn around and go back the way you came." The guard ordered the Redguards.
"We're causing no trouble. All we ask is to look for her." One of them responded.
"I don't care what you're doing, after what happened you're lucky I don't toss you in jail. Now get lost!" growled the guard.
"We will be back. This is not over." said the other Redguard.
Wow, they must have some nerve to act like that towards an official guardsman. Did one of them say he just wanted to look for "her?"
I wondered who they were talking about. The were looking for a woman apparently.
I was about to get back on my way but one of the men stopped me.
"You there. We are looking for someone in Whiterun, and will pay good money for information."
"Who are you looking for?" I asked. Hopefully he would have a good answer.
"A woman- a foreigner in these lands. Redguard like us. She's likely not using her true name." said the Redguard.
"I guess I'll keep a lookout for this woman, but I have another job to do first." I said.
"Very well. We will be in waiting in Rorrikstead for any information you can bring us." the Redguard man finished.
"Alright sounds good, farewell." I said.
I decided I would look for this Redguard woman later. First I had to get back to Dragonsreach and report to the Jarl.
I hurried up the steps past the first two districts, and up to the palace. I entered.
Once inside I ran to the throne to report to Jarl Balgruuf.
"Good, you're finally here. The Jarl's been waiting for you." Said Steward Proventus Avenicci.
The Jarl was speaking to a strong looking armored man. It must be the Jarl's brother.
"You heard the summons, what else could it mean?"
"The Greybeards..." Balgruuf said with wonder and mystery.
"Oh, we were just talking about you, my brother needs a word with you." said the Jarl's brother when he saw me. I still didn't know his name yet.
"Yes of course. I'm here to report what happened." I explained.
"So was the dragon at the watchtower?" asked Balgruuf.
"The watchtower was destroyed, but we killed the dragon." I informed.
"I knew I could count on Irileth, but there must be more to it than that." said the Jarl.
"When the dragon died, I absorbed some kind of power from it." I said.
"So it's true the Greybeards really were summoning you!" Balgruuf said in awe.
"The Greybeards?" I asked confused.
"Masters of The Way of the Voice. They live in seclusion high on the slopes of the Throat of the World."
"What do these Greybeards what with me?" I asked.
"The dragonborn is said to be uniquely gifted with the Voice, the ability to turn you vital essence into a thu-um, or Shout." Balgruuf explained to me.
"Did you hear the thundering sound as you were returning to Whiterun? That was the voice of the Greybeards summoning you to High Hrothgar," Said the Jarl's brother.
"This hasn't happened in ... centuries, at least. Not since Tiber Septim himself was summoned when he was still Talos of Atmora!" he explained.
"Hrongar. Calm yourself. What does any of this Nord nonsense have to do with our friend here? Capable as he may be, I don't see any signs of him being this, what, "Dragonborn." Said Proventus.
"Nord nonsense?! Why you puffed up ignorant... these are our sacred traditions that go back to the founding of the first Empire!" growled Hrongar.
"Hrongar. Don't be so hard on Avenicci," said Balgruuf.
"I meant no disrespect of course. It' just that, what do these Greybeards want with him?" Proventus asked.
"That's the Greybeards' business, not ours." Balgruuf informed.
"Whatever happened when you killed that dragon, it revealed something in you, and the Greybeards heard it. If they think you're dragonborn, who are we to argue?" he said.
"You'd better get up to High Hrothgar immediately. There's no refusing the summons of the Greybeards. It's a tremendous honor. I envy you, you know. To climb the seven thousand steps again... I made the pilgrimage once did you know that?"
"High Hrothgar is a very peaceful place. Very... disconnected from the troubles of this world. I wonder if the Greybeards even notice what's going on down here. They haven't seemed to care before." Balgruuf explained.
"No matter. Go to High Hrothgar. Learn what the Greybeards can teach you. And you have done a great service to my city, dragonborn. By my right as Jarl, I name you Thane of Whiterun. Its the highest honor that's within my power to grant. I also assign you Lydia as a personal Housecarl, and grant you this weapon from my personal armory." Balgruuf said.
"We are honored to have you as Thane of our city, Dragonborn." He finished.
Finally, I thought. He sure talks a lot.
"Thank you Jarl Balgruuf." I said holding the new axe the Jarl gave me.
"You are welcome Shadrin, farewell, you are dismissed."
I turned around and started back down the steps towards the door. An armored Nord woman approached me as I neared the door. It must be Lydia.
"The Jarl has appointed me to be your Housecarl, it's an honor to serve you." she said kindly.
"Thank you Lydia. I may need help where i'm going." I said.
"Yes, I overheard. You're going to High Hrothgar. It's a very long journey, and I would be glad to be your guide and guard you and all you own with my life." Lydia informed.
"Thank you. I'm glad to have your company," I responded.
"You're welcome, now where shall we go before the journey to High Hrothgar my Thane?" Lydia asked.
"To the tavern for food and rest; we'll need it." I answered.
"You're right. Lead the way then." Lydia said.
With that we left the palace and started down the stone stairs to get to the tavern. I saw Irileth coming back up to Dragonsreach.
"Hello Housecarl Irileth, I've just reported to the Jarl, and he made me Thane of Whiterun," I informed gladly.
"Congratulations Shadrin, I see Jarl Balgruuf appointed Lydia to be your Housecarl." Irileth replied.
"Yes, good to see you again Housecarl Irileth." Lydia said.
"Same to you, now I've got to return to my post by the Jarl's side. Farewell you two, and remember: I've got my eyes on you, Shadrin." Irileth said seriously.
I understood. It was her duty to protect the Jarl after all.
"Understood Irileth. Farewell."
Lydia and I continued down the stairs passing the old tree in the center of the pathways. It must be the Gildergreen I heard about from somewhere. It was dying, but there must be a way to save it. The city had put that up to a Priestess named Danica. I would talk to her about it another time. Right now I needed food and rest. I was exhausted.
Lydia and I arrived at the Bannered Mare, the city tavern. I opened the door for Lydia who thanked me. I never did hurt to be a gentleman sometimes I thought.
Once inside, the Innkeeper Hulda welcomed us saying they had plenty of food, warm drinks, and warm beds. Brilliant, I thought. I need that.
There were also other citizens of Whiterun inside the tavern. They were sitting near the fire pit in the center of the room. There was also a bard whose name was Mikael.
After I bought beds for myself and Lydia, and a meal for supper. Lydia and I sat down at a table for two by the wall near Hulda's bar.
"So, will you tell me about yourself, Shadrin?" Lydia asked after we sat down to eat.
I took a bite of baked bread, swallowed, and then answered.
"Well, first of all, you can call me Shad if you want," I said. "All my friends do."
"Very well, Shad, so where did you come from?" Lydia asked.
"I originated from Solitude. I was once part of a strong clan, Darkbane, my father was a Thane of the Hold before he died in battle fighting the Thalmor."
I said that last part with disdain. I hated the Thalmor. They had changed my life for the worst and almost ruined it. I still intended to join the fight to free Skyrim from the weak Empire and from the dangerous Thalmor.
"I'm sorry, I'm sure your father was a great man." Lydia said kindly.
"He was, he had been a battlemage for the Imperial Legion before the signing of the White-Gold Concordat. That changed mine and my sister Shara's lives nearly for the worst. We used to continue the worship of Talos until we were caught. The Thalmor found us and took us. I managed to escape, but I know nothing about my sister Shara." I explained with with some sadness in my voice.
"Hmm, I am sorry Shad, I do hope Shara is still alive somewhere." said Lydia.
"I believe she is, but I can't go looking for her yet. It's my duty to learn from the Greybeards do everything I can to help other people. Shara would do the same, I'm sure of it." I said.
"That's very noble of you, Shad, I do think you'll become a great hero in Skyrim someday." Lydia said.
"Thank you Lydia, now lets eat, I'm starving and we need the energy for our journey tomorrow."
"I agree, I'm ready to eat and then rest for tomorrow." Lydia said.
I woke up from a surprisingly restful sleep. I didn't have any nightmares about the battle with the dragon. The sleep seemed dreamless actually.
After I awoke, I dressed quickly and gathered my belongings. Then I went downstairs to the ground of the Tavern.
Lydia was already there waiting with food for breakfast. We ate our fill, and then gathered up our things for travel.
"Well Lydia, it's time to go. I wish I could afford a horse or two for us." I said with a chuckle.
"I could help you buy one. The owner at the Whiterun Stables sells them for one thousand gold." Lydia said.
"That doesn't sound like too much. I guess if we both put together our gold then we will be able to afford a horse." I said.
"Yes, I would be glad to help you buy a horse." said Lydia.
"Thank you, lets go then," I said.
"Lead the way."
Lydia and I left the city walls and headed for the Whiterun Stables. Once there I asked the owner, Skulvar Sable-Hilt, if we could buy a horse.
He said he had one all saddled up if I had the coin. I knew I had 820 gold after I had bought food and a bed at the Inn. Lydia said she had 500 gold.
That meant we could buy the horse! I was very glad I wouldn't have to walk the whole way.
We bought the horse and mounted him. I decided to name him Shadow for his dark body.
I didn't know what the road ahead had in store for me and my companion Lydia, but I did know this: I Was Moving On!
Well that's it! My story is now complete! I had a great time writing this story. I want to thank my reviewers for reviewing my chapters. And thanks to AlphaTheGriffin17 for his help and reviews, and also thanks to Kythril for their advice. I cant wait to start my next story: Shadrin's Adventures: The Way of the Voice! See you all soon!