Lund jumped and turned around, standing up rather quickly and pulling his sword from his sheath enough to reveal some of the metal before he let go and let it slide back to its resting position. He stared at Sebastian for a short moment as he crossed his arms, looking him over.
“Lundbundle?” He repeated back as a question, raising his eyebrows. “And I’ve been fine. What’s brought you to Hjaalmarch?”
Oh, he was rather jumpy. Sebastian supposed he would be too, if he were relaxing in such a secluded area only to be interrupted by a dashing mage. Oh well. Lund looked the same as ever. Tall, brooding, and straight to the point.
“Lundbundle,” he confirmed sagely. “That’s good. Hjaalmarch is quite a dangerous place, after all.” Wispmothers, necromancers, vampires, rogue mages, wolves, slaughterfish, mudcrabs, bandits, thugs, skeletons, giants. Maybe the odd dragon.
“Well, I’ve heard that Hjaalmarch tends to attract more supernatural activity than the other Holds… You know. Vampires, rogue mages, things like that. I happen to be running quite low on black soul gems and vampire dust, so I was hoping you might know where rogues or vampires might be hiding.” Witch Hunters knew that sort of thing, didn’t they? “I’d be more than happy to provide you with compensation.” Sebastian flashed the Nord a quick smile.
He raised a skeptical brow.
“So you want me to lead you to a group of people so that you can trap their souls in gems, or to another so that you can kill them…?”
He didn’t mention the payment, but it was on his mind. He’d been meaning to finally free himself of the muck and spiders of Hjaalmarch and go exploring, and money was something he’d needed. But he didn’t want to lead him to any of the mage groups he’d been trying to talk down, but there was something he’d thought of.
“There is… a vampire. A hive of them, actually, but they’re led by a matriarch who’s supposed to be very powerful.” He said plainly, rubbing the back of his neck.
“Supposedly, they’ve been rounding up people and draining their blood. Someone escaped not too long ago and that’s how we got word of it. It’s a little ways out of where I usually work, but it isn’t too far… If you’re interested in that, anyway.”