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Mensajero por Britt Martin

"Tengo un mensaje urgente para el barón. No, no voy a dejarlo contigo, solo puede verlo el Barón."

Mensajero anónimo

Los Mensajeros son indispensables para la comunicación entre las ciudades y castillos del Imperio, dada la enorme distancia que los separa. Nobles, mercaderes y altos cargos militares recurren mucho al envió de mensajes, a caballo si es posible. Estos valientes jinetes se atreven a recorrer solos los caminos del Imperio, confiando en su velocidad para evitar el peligro. Las patrullas de caminos les ayudan en la medida de lo posible, pero hay trechos largos y solitarios en los que no pueden disponer de ayuda alguna.

Aunque se supone que tienen inmunidad diplomática, más de un mensajero ha tenido un sangriento final tras entregar una misiva especialmente desagradable.

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In the Empire, written correspondences and small parcels are usually carried from city to city by coach or barge. This method of delivery is neither particularly reliable nor is it expedient. It can take many weeks to receive a reply. The delivery of precious items or important missives is also best kept away from gossiping coachmen or light-fingered stevedores. For this reason, rich individuals and important institutions often employ expert messengers who are personally accountable for making safe and speedy deliveries.

The job of a messenger can be dangerous, as they often have to ride unaccompanied across tracts of wilderness. Bad weather and the often appalling condition of the Empire’s roads mean that riding a horse at speed can lead to terrible accidents, and lone messengers make tempting targets for outlaw bands and goblin raiders. Messengers are sometimes given signs of authority by their clients to show to roadwardens in order to requisition them as temporary guards. That’s the theory, but in practice roadwardens are reluctant to accompany messengers, particularly if their journey takes them outside the roadwardens’ jurisdiction.

Even messengers who complete the journey are not always safe. Late messengers are rarely given a warm reception, recipients of bad news are sometimes known to take their frustrations out on the bearer, and woe betide the messenger who loses or damages his deliverables. Given the many perils of their task, it is not surprising that many messengers seek other forms of employment. Some even join parties of adventurers, where their skills in navigation and outdoor survival are often appreciated.

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