The ancient man was uncomfortable. Too many people, too much noise, too many smells. It was overwhelming and his discomfort was condign for his awful decision travel this far south in the first place. He was much more suited for the walls of Fal Dara, which were more reminiscent of his home in Rhamdashar, quite literally ancient memory at this point. He had a job to do down here - to heal, or, as a last resort, put down, an unfortunately deranged soul. But as focused as he was on his task of finding a healing decoction made from roots only found in this part of the world, he could not help but notice the spots of lecherous depravity that were too often found in this market.
He steered clear of the Whitecloak children from the get-go -- who knew what foolishness they believed about men and women like him? -- he did not need to be heckled by pre-pubescent children playing at adults. But he certainly noticed when the disproportionate Warder, who appeared to perpetually skip leg day, strode towards them with an idiotic grin on his face. However, the most unsettling exchange was the one between the Warder and the odd-looking old man wearing drab gray with the exception of a ragged crimson cloak that had seen better days. Until the Warder's appearance, the gray-clad old man had been watching the children, subconsciously stroking a rusty, yet elaborately constructed dagger-hilt depicting a lion's head. The blade was missing. They are mine
, the leering old man's eyes seemed to say. I saw them first. You don't interfere with another man's prize.
His lasciviously arched eyebrows appeared to emphasize skepticism at breaking some kind of established code between perverts. The Warder appeared confused, but turned on his heels, and strode away, probably to do some bicep curls.
The ancient man had seen a lot over the course of his never-ending fight against the Shadow, but this exchange and its implications were deeply unsettling and made the ancient man shiver in discomfort
. He sighed and moved along. He was down here to cure a different sickness of the mind.