Braided white leather bracelet

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a braided white leather bracelet

This item was a prize from the Hunt for History.

Background

Some of the citizens of Gallardshold wear either a single hawk feather braided into the right side of their hair or a white leather bracelet on their left wrist. The display of the feather indicates that the person feels that the elves of the Wyrdeep should be exempt from Chaston's Edict, while the display of the bracelet indicates that the person supports Chaston's Edict in the case of the elves.

— A Traveler's Guide to the Turamzzyrian Empire

Loresong

As you begin your song, the white leather bracelet twists slightly in your hand. The world around you fades, and a series of images pass before your eyes.

A human and an elf barter over a wagon of pelts. They shake hands and transfer the goods from one wagon to another. The human continues on his way down the road, and he meets another man drawing a wagon of pelts. The furrier raises a hand in greeting and smiles at the potential customer. As they speak, his face clouds over, realizing his sale was lost to an elf just minutes before.

Human and elven children play in the forest, their laughter ringing through the trees. They are interrupted by the angry father of one of the boys, who grabs his son by the arm, shouting all the while. The young boy is dragged from the woods, leaving his playmates behind. The other human boys look at their elven compatriots with suspicious expressions, and their previous light-hearted game turns to vicious fighting.

You find yourself inside a pub, observing a group of men dressed in the garb of several professions -- merchanting, lumbering, and trapping. They are having an intense discussion over something, many motioning this way and that with their tankards. Most of the gestures are in a particular direction and you follow two men as they leave the pub, curious to see the source of their argument. On the pub's steps, you look in the direction the men were gesturing and see an enormous expanse of forest. You turn to get your bearings and see that you are surrounded by forest on all sides. One of the men says to the other, "The Wyrdeep holds dangers, aye, but none as dangerous as us." The other man glowers silently as he makes his way down the steps.

As you continue your song, the white leather bracelet twists slightly in your hand. The world around you fades and is replaced by a different scene.

You have returned to the pub where the discussion has escalated to an argument. Groups of men knot on either side of the barroom and the bartender is between the two with his arms raised, speaking in firm tones in an attempt to bring the men to their senses. The opposing factions raise their fists and holler across the empty space, but neither seems ready to meet the other in physical violence. Finally, the argument settles down and the bartender returns to his familiar place behind the bar.

As you continue your song, the white leather bracelet twists slightly in your hand. The world around you fades and is replaced by a different scene.

A group of men, each wearing a white leather bracelet, square off with a cluster of elves who staff a series of stalls in one corner of a marketplace. The humans gesture angrily, pointing at the marketplace's exit, but the elves stand firm. A crowd gathers around the arguing parties and a few men step forward in preparation to assist the elves, each wearing a single hawk feather in their hair. The protesting humans continue to argue and point at the elves, but gradually relent and return to their varied businesses in the area.

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