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Author: Kerad
Date:Jan 7 2003

In southeast part of city named Bat you are able to find a balloon bay. In the
balloon bay you can hire captain who is able to navigate the balloon. For some
fee you can go or maybe I should say you can fly almost everywhere.
If you are a newbie like I used to be you can hire balloon to make a trip from
Bat city to other city, which lies on northeast party of bat realms, and it is
known as Shadowkeep. It is a big city with pub, bank, prison, and a few shops.
In Shadowkeep you can find stage where many poets and artists shows their
poems, plays and performances. Of course before going to the amphitheater I
advice you to buy some food like roasted ox and awesome shadowkeep beer.
 
Lets get back to the balloon and it's ride, before you are able to hire it you
need some cash of course. Flying is a great fun but it is dangerous as well,
so you need to be patience and pay attention on what is going on around you.
My first balloon ride wasn't too lucky. Me and friend of mine decided to make
balloon ride and see how is it. Of course as pair of newbies we wanted to make
level quest, it was level quest eight or so, I don't remember it now, it was
some time ago :).
So we decide to find the balloon bay, it took us a little time to find out
location of the station. We paid 500 gold pieces to enter the balloon, next we
had to hire captain, who was able to navigate our craft, and it took a while
to find the captain.
But luckily we found him, we were curious how the fly will looks like so we
ordered captain to fly slowly over the world and we wanted, or at last I
wanted to see the world from the sly.
 
We started out trip, balloon slowly rose above ground. I ordered him to take
direction to the east, we were trying to explain captain to take us directly
to shadowkeep but he seemed not to understand what we wanted from him. He
wanted general direction where to fly, because he didn't know the world too
good. Personally I think he should spend some time on maps and raise his
knowledge of geography :)...
 
We were slightly disappointed because the trip was going to take a lots of
time, and exactly as we thought that the flight from one place to another
takes a damn long time I decided to speed up our trip, but... the captain
didn't understand what we wanted from him and slowly in his own rhythm
navigated the balloon.
 
We got pretty angry on him and we tried different method to persuade him but
the captain was mean and he didn't change the speed of the flight. So we tried
to give him direction faster and faster... but instead of faster flight the
balloon started falling down from the sky on the ground. The trees and hills
became bigger and bigger, we were falling really fast. And after a few seconds
we crashed on the ground, we were unconscious and started to bleed and we were
bleeding and bleeding... it took a lot of time but we bled to death... there
was nobody around to give as helping hand and cure our wounds... we died, and
it was out first trip by balloon.
 
Now I can advice anyone to be careful and do not speed up the pilot because
you only can fall down from sky and die (mostly). After a few days later I
decided to try once again the trip, this time after i entered the balloon and
hired the captain (another one I hope :)) I ordered the captain to set
balloon's speed to slightly faster then last time, I wasn't so curious this
time because as I saw it earlier (curiousity kills cats).
So this time I didn't look around too much and I was giving the orders to
captain slowly, this time I didn't find any troubles and after successful
flight we landed. Unfortunately this time I wasn't on right level so I didn't
make the level quest, but at last I know how to fly and navigate balloon.
Maybe some day I will try again such trip. But now I think that faster way of
movement through the wilderness of the world is to join guild of navigators,
of course it is not for everyone but if you already explored a bit of the
world you are able to join ranks of navigators and become one of them.
There you are able to learn and study methods of movement through the world,
you can learn spells which helps a lot in traveling. It is enough to know only
one tenth of the world to join the guild, but till this time you need to
travel a lot and explore new parts of the realm.
 
Nevertheless when you finish the trips and flights or exploring on foots or by
spells from navigators I advice to take a break and go to the good inn and buy
some nice beer or ale.
I found such inn with good food, nice drinks and other pleasures... The inn is
called 'Inn of the Four Winds'. It is very special place where many travelers
can be found there, especially you can find there travelers singing poems and
artists, sometimes you can see as the revelers practicing there a poems.
At last I saw a few such travelers practicing there their poems and songs,
they were waiting their alms.
 
If you want to find the inn you need follow southeast road from the crimson's
bridge, the way will take a bit, but it is worth of try, it is real funny to
see two or three artist begging one another for alms.
   
At the end of the story I will tell you once again exploring the world is
dangerous so be careful because you will never know what you can find out.
 
And when you hire balloon don't speed up the captain or you will crash as I
did.
 
 
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The End.
 


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