I wasn't quite sure what I'd done to deserve such punishment. I hadn't stolen from anyone, hadn't killed, hadn't cursed or spat on anyone and yet I found myself locked away in a dungeon of a city and kingdom I had never heard of in my entire life. And as if that wasn't enough, when I was released the next day, glad to get out of the funny smelling little room I realized I wasn't free at all. They put me in a cage and I was being taken to a place called 'the wall'. Twenty men joined in all in armor, wearing the kingdom siege of what seemed a sheep while they took my weapons, potions, rings and even my coat. I was left in my leather trousers, leather boots and leather armor that...soon turned out to be useless. What my crime was...only the Gods knew. I tried to speak to my fellow travelers but no one answered. And days passed as I stayed in the cage and noticed how the weather and nature changed from a soft breeze to cutting frost and frozen trees.
There was a leader of the small army that I started calling the Captain as he had the face of a sailor and the voice of an old parrot. The Captain had a man that followed him everywhere, that I started calling the Hyena. He was a dirty little man with a hunchback and small yellow-green teeth. I knew from the start that the Hyena and I would get along just fine. He'd poke me with his sword through the cage bars and then he'd spit at me whenever I smiled at him. I smiled a lot at him as I knew what would happen to him as soon as I would get out of the cage.
I wasn't entirely alone in all of this. One of my party members, the Gods bless her, Jiohna, had sent a black eagle to check on me from time to time. Imagine her surprise when she received a message that instead of coming to visit her I was going to a place called 'the wall' in a kingdom I wasn't quite sure how I'd ended up in. The eagle would come at night, every three days, land like a shadow on the top of my cage. It would wait until I read the message safely kept along one of it's paws and would not fly away until I'd use the paper and coal attached to its other paw to write a message. Luckily my night vision was not that poor otherwise I'd have been doomed to trust my blindness.
And so the journey continued deeper and deeper into the coldness of mountains, steel cutting wind and nights so quiet that it seemed all creatures in the wild had frozen to death. I didn't get much food or water, Hyena stopped spitting on me as his spit became precious in these cold and dried surroundings, I didn't get any answers either and all I could do is think over and over how I ended up here and what I had done to deserve such treatment. Only one thing came into mind: I had many enemies spread all over the world, it would only take one with enough coin and influence to send me to hell...in this case, freezing hell. I kept writing to Jo where I was as she asked me to tell her everything I saw and hear so that she could figure out where I was, at least in what kingdom.
I think it was two weeks later when we stopped, during daylight, something we never did and I faced something I wasn't expecting at all: an actual wall. The weather had become so harsh by now that even the Hyena's odor froze away. Unfortunately not his teeth. As for me, if I had been a normal human being then I would have been snow by now but I guess...the fire in me helped.