It was at the end of his Twentieth Form. Buuluchk had a bit of small change left after his Paladin training. It was not much, but it came to his mind that he might be entitled to some sort of gift, a present to himself.
The Auction House held nothing of real benefit for the pittance he had, so he wandered out toward the gates of the city of Ironforge with his few coppers in hand. The coins jingled pleasingly, perhaps they are better in my hand than gone for all and good, thought Buuluchk. Call it a down payment on my future, the wee bit I’ll need for some future purchase. But Buuluchk did not put them away as he walked out the massive gateway and into the icy air.
“Hey there, paladin. Might I have a word with you?”
The dirty ragbag was a dwarf, perhaps, but he smelled more like a murlock than a man to Buuluchk. “Is it a bit of drink you’re needing? You’d do better to work than beg,” began Buuluchk condescendingly. The dirty man reddened, building toward rage at the slander.
“That was unkind and untrue, I’m a stonemason, and I work hard every day. Likely harder than the likes of you, an adventurer who knows nothing of what normal men do.” The man turned away and walked on toward the gates.
Buuluchk instantly regretted his harsh words, “See here sir, I’ve wronged you, no doubt. I apologize. You must admit you look the part of a beggar, but I had no right to condescend. I’ve had great good fortune.” The coins rang in his hand and now he knew what to do with them, “See here, I’m off to make more, I’m well acquainted with work. I dig metal from the earth and take the pelts of the beasts that fall to me. Still, I think you can use this far better than me.” And with that Buuluchk pressed the coins into the mans hand, “There is an inn just inside the gate where you can get a beer and a bath and likely your clothes clean in the bargain. Go with the gods, friend.”
The man stared down at the coins, but as Buuluchk began to turn, feeling good about the kindness he’d shown, he saw that the man was growing more angry, not less. “Oh I see, you’ll make me the beggar you’ve accused me of being.”
Buuluchk blinked non-plused as he turned back, “See you friend, I mean you only good.” One hand went out, opened in friendship, but Buuluchk’s other hand felt for his axe.
The man dug inside his filthy garment and brought out a wrapped package, “You keep calling me friend, but you’d make me a beggar. Well, be a friend, and for your slander I put a geas on you, that you be a friend to me, to Garglan the Stonemason, and when you learn this thing’s provenance and it’s purpose, you bring word to me, for I work every day and have no time for adventures. This thing I found at my work preparing a foundation for the bridge I am making. My curiosity has been on me, I look at it in my tent, I look at it each time I stop my labors, I puzzle, and wonder ’til it drives me half mad. Be it on you now, slanderous pompous paladin. You figure it out and when you do, if you do, you will tell me. Garglan, son of Harglan, the Stone Mason.” and then with a sneer, “friend.”
With no more word than that Garglan, son of Harglan, the Stone Mason marched off down the hill from the gates of Ironforge.
With nothing to say nor anyone to say it to, and now with a mystery in hand, Buuluchk unwrapped the package to see what fate had delivered him. Fate and Garglan, son of Harglan, the Stone Mason, Buuluchk thought.
It was heavy and hard, metal for sure, but worked in a way that made it look organic, as if it had grown into the broken form he now held. It was not whole, of that Buuluchk was certain, though little else.
Two figures seemed swathed in the organic network of metal, both bodies without heads. They seemed of the same stuff as the viney coverings, and yet, looking at it, one could easily judge them separate from parts that were clothing, and parts that were something other, and then the parts that seemed to be the flesh of two tall beings. It was missing much of what looked to be a background that seemed to almost be a language of some kind. The clothing seemed missing, especially around the heads and shoulders which were largely missing.
All was hinted at and yet baldly obvious when taken as a whole, but as Buuluchk looked closer he was startled to note that it all seemed one in texture and color and material.
“Hey dolt, get out of the gate. Will you stand there all day, you dunderhead. You’re holding up progress!” shouted a dwarf driving a cart. Buuluchk had no idea how long he’d stood in the gate, but as soon as he had stepped out of the way of the carter he went back to examining the artifact. What a curiously marvelous thing, he thought. What have you brought me Garglan, son of Harglan.