The Long Road of Power
(The Greenbelt) Svetlana Leveton
Oleg and Svetlana have spent the past few months rebuilding the old fort. Their customers are few and far between, consisting mostly of trappers, hunters, and an eccentric local hermit named Bokken, but the trade in furs, jerky, and the occasional magic potion from Bokken are enough to keep them in business. At least, until word of the trading post caught the attention of the bandits who infest the Greenbelt to the south.
Were it not for the fact that Oleg feared for his wife’s fate, he would have doubtless sacrificed his life to the bandits in a foolish attempt to defend his stock when they first paid a visit 3 months ago. The fact that he’s been forced to turn over each month’s stock to the bandits shames him, but he does his best to mask that shame with a stubborn and gruff attitude.
Svetlana knows how much the situation pains him, and knows that she’s the reason that he hasn’t stood up to the bandits and how that act of humility is crushing his soul. She’s pleaded with him several times to abandon the post and return to Restov, but Oleg has stubbornly refused to give in that completely. His only concession to Svetlana’s wishes has been to send several requests to the city for reinforcements whenever a trapper or hunter stops by on their way back to civilisation.
With the elimination of the local bandits and the arrival of guards from Restov relative peace has for now returned to their lives. Delighted to have new friends call their humble shelter home (at least for now).