The Story of Marucs Pompei (no relation to any other Pompei or Pompeii)
Nineteen years ago in a small village in Altene, a young girl of seventeen worked in the only inn, in the village. One night a group of travelers came to the village. They appeared to be a group of a-wall soldiers, though they were not Altene. After many hours of drinking and joking one of the men grabbed the young waitress and took her out back. It was so busy and loud that no-one noticed. The man took the young girl beat her and then rapped her. A few months later I was born.
I am the product of a rape. Because of this, I was never treated like a true Altene. My mother did not want to take care of me so she left me at her parents house. As I grew up I always felt bad. I never looked like anyone else, and I thought something was wrong with me. No one ever told me who I really was. So for the next nineteen years, I lived a sad painful life. I was an outcast, not even the people who raised me (my grandparents) treated me very well.
Then late one night I was repairing the fence around our yard. Some kids I knew from school walked by. One had blood coming from his nose. I heard one of them mention something about the Inn, in our village. Because I knew they wouldnt talk to me I decided to go to the inn to see what had happened. I was just about at the inn when I heard a muffled scream from the back of the inn. I peeked around the corner and I saw the jerk of the village. He had been known to be violent before. He was holding the lady (my mother) that would come over to my house and talk to my parents (my grandparents).
He had his hand over her mouth and was holding a knife to her neck. I knew I had to do something. I looked around and saw a large rock. I picked it up and held it like a battering ram. I stepped around the corner and charged. He must have caught me out of the corner of his eye because he turned to face me. But it was too late for him. I slammed into him, knocking him to the ground, and knocking the wind out of him. But then something came over me. I was filled with the rage of nineteen years of abuse. Still holding onto the rock, I held it high and then smashed it down on his head killing him instantly. By this time, the girl had ran back into the inn and came back with a constable.
He saw what I had done, and became furious. The man was his father. He told me that I was to be hanged at noon the next day.
I sat in my cell awaiting my demise, when the door opened and the Priest came in. I expected him to tell bless me and give me a prayer, but I got the shock of my life. He told me the truth. He told me who I was and who my mother was. He told me everything. But he told me he didnt want to see me die, so young. He couldnt let me die when I had just found out who I was. He snuck me out of my cell, gave me a sack full of supplies and sent me to a friend in a distant village. His friend then took me here to Iridine.
So here I am. Young and all alone in a strange city, wondering what will happen next....