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Pet Name: Tarnen
The sky is darkening as you duck into the walls of Qasala. Just your luck, getting stuck in the Lost Desert overnight. You quickly look around for some place to stay, but something else catches your eye.
A long blonde braid goes whipping around the corner. Curious, you follow it. A hand grabs you from behind as you turn the corner. You jump.
"Shh, if anyone asks, I wasn't here." You turn toward the voice and find you're facing a Cybunny. The owner of the long blonde braid. You notice that she's colored perfectly to blend in with the surrounding desert. "My name is Tarnen, and you almost got me caught," she says, letting go of your arm.
"Caught doing what?" you reply, getting angry at the accusation this Tarnen person is throwing at you.
"I'm a treasure hunter. But I deal in secrets. I was listening in on a conversation when you appeared, and I had to get out of there," she huffs, gathering a small pack from the ground next to her. "Come on, you can stay at my camp tonight."
You follow her as she leads you back outside the protection of the city walls. You continue on following for what seems like an eternity before you see a tent appear out of the endless horizon of sand.
As Tarnen starts a fire, you ask her what her story is.
"Well, you see, I work for two siblings. Thrih and Sai. They are from a prominent family of Lupes here in the desert. I find treasure for them and gather intelligence. I'm sort of like a spy of sorts," she explains as you sit on a large pillow next to the fire.
You nod encouragingly.
"So, I was born in this wasteland. I developed the coloring to blend in. It wasn't easy at first, living here. But eventually I grew to know the land like the back of my paw. It became useful once I started out as a thief. I used to steal all sorts of things," Tarnen says, sighing.
"Then I got caught while trying to rob the siblings I now work for. The brother, Saijein, was kind enough to employ me as a treasure hunter, instead of punishing me. It's been a good job, though. I gather intel and I use that intel to find the treasures, then I bring them back and the siblings sell them."
You smile as she smiles at you.
"There's not really much else to tell you, without giving away too many secrets. Feel free to help yourself to the food and drinks here. Unfortunately, the night calls, and I have a job to finish."
You just nod and begin to make yourself comfortable in the small camp as you watch Tarnen's retreating figure. Almost immediately she becomes indistinguishable with the surrounding sand dunes. You ponder what she told you. Maybe thieves weren't all that bad; they just needed a nudge in the right direction every once in a while.
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