"I have good news, (Name)." Ludwig said "I have located anozher of zhe rebels! He rests in zhe ruins to zhe west at zhis very moment hiding from zhe sun."
"Ok. What's his name?" (Name) asked
"His name is Kasuf, and he has been able to elude me thus far, but I am a paitient ranger. His days are numbered and zhe number is small." Ludwig took a breath before continuing "I vould like you to meet me at zhe ruins and help me capture zhis desert snake. Zhat will cut his chances of another escape in half."
"I can do that."
Ludwig smiled a little "Kasuf can hide...but not forever. He vill need to leave zhe ruins for water eventually. Zhere vill be no escape for him zhis time!"
"I have chased Kasuf across zhe desert many times. He is as slippery as a sand trout." Ludwig said "But finally I have driven him to hide in zhese ruins. Zhe locals say zhat zhere is only one vay in and one vay out."
"And what am I supposed to do?" (Name) asked
"You're going to go in and search for him. He hides himself vell...so search vell. I vill vait here." He explained
"If he slips past me or tries to run, then you will be waiting here to capture him. A classic squeeze play."
"Very good (Name). You have a quick mind. I may make a ranger of you yet. If you do not return vithin zhe hour, I vill come looking for you." Ludwig said sternly
"Don't worry Luddy, I will find Kasuf." (Name) smiled as she used the nickname
"Good. And don't call me 'Luddy'."
(Name) stared at the huge vase "He could be in here.... Well, time to find out!" She said as she carried the unusually heavy pot, turned it upside down, and started shaking it. Then, a bald man in ragged clothes fell out.
He sighed after rubbing his head "Fine...fine. I'm tired of running away. Just take me away."
"Relax. I'm one of the good guys. My name is (Name) and I'm with the resistance same as you." The (h/c) female smiled "I met one of the other members just before Ludwig captured him. He asked for my help and said he could lead me to the Light Orb."
The man, named Kasuf, grinned "AH! If you have come to help us then we still have hope! I will help you with your search but we must escape these ruins first!"
(Name) scratched her head "Ludwig is waiting out front, He knows that is the only way out. I can try to distract him..."
"It would never work. Once Ludwig sets his mind to a task, he does not lose focus. He could win a staring contest with Jimmy the Eye." Kasuf sighed
"Well...I could try to sneak you out in my backpack...If it can hold that many weapons, then there MUST be room for you." (Name) said
"Now you're just being silly." Kasuf chuckled "I DO know of a secret way out of these ruins but it may be more dangerous than facing Ludwig."
"I can't risk blowing my cover. Tell me about the other way." (Name) said
"There is a back door, but there are several desert beasts and doors that stand between us and freedom." Kasuf explained "A Warrior of your power should have little trouble with the monsters but the doors are another matter. They are deadly traps." He took a deep breath before continuing "Each of the doors has a timed puzzle attached to it. You must find the right combination of 5 ancient glyphs before the timer runs out... ....What do you think?"
(Name) grinned "I think it sounds kind of fun!"
"Monsters and deadly traps are fun? I can't believe that I'm putting my life in your hands."
(Name) rolled her eyes "You worry too much, Kasuf. Just stay far behind me...I don't want you getting hurt."
(Name) wiped a bead of sweat on her forehead "And we're out!"
"YOU DID IT! We're alive!" Kasuf exclaimed
"Thank me later, right now you need to escape these ruins. Hide yourself and cover your tracks." (Name) said "I'll go back and tell Ludwig I couldn't find you in the ruins. He'll still be after you but this will buy you enough time to hide."
"I can never thank you enough, (Name). The best I can do is pay you in information." Kasuf smiled "I'm afraid I don't know much about the Orb of Light but I know another rebel who does. Our laws prevent me from telling you her name but you can find her in the Oasis Inn."
"How will I know her if you can't tell me her name?" (Name) asked
"There is a way that we recognize each other. You must walk into the Inn with a Blue Desert Lotus. It's ability to survive in the desert against all odds makes it the perfect symbol for our rebellion. You must go to The Wastelands, to the west of town. You will find a Blue Desert Lotus somewhere there. Bring the flower into the Oasis Inn. She will know that you are a friend of the resistance and she will approach you." Kasuf explained
"Thank you, Kasuf. I know that you're taking a huge risk letting me know these secrets." (Name) smiled
"It is no risk at all. I know that I can trust you. Good luck, (Name)!"
"You too, now get out of here! You have to run for your life while I go and pick a flower!" (Name) grinned