Arrowfall was not unlike Rimegard in some respects, but on a much smaller and less grand level. The architecture was partially Imperial, but there were traces of the Northerner village that once use to lie underneath. Since walls were a necessity to an Achaean city in Northrim, Arrowfall had those - tall and sturdy - and the gates were watched by soldiers with eagle eyes ready to call out any signs of hostility from the Northmen.
A cool Northern wind often blew over the city, fluttering the banners bearing the city's stag emblem. Overall, the place looked rather humble: the buildings were mostly somewhat small and several looked somewhat poor, but scattered throughout the city rested several manors of rich Imperials, mostly younger sons looking to conquer themselves an area of land in Northrim and have their own small region to rule. Nearly all the buildings, however, were made of wood.
Approaching the open gates of the city were a trio of horses clad in black barding, each bearing an equally as black-clad rider. At the head of the group rode Galina Hatherton, a channeler, and flanking her on either side were two more Inquisitors: Benjamin Blackburn, an Ebonguard, and Durante Blackburn, also a channeler.
Beneath their barding, only Ben had a horse as black as all his void iron. His also carried the most equipment: two tomes in a heavy satchel, a steel sword, two canteens of water, and an item that stood out the most, a guitar. His stallion had a faceplate bearing a long horn like a unicorn.
Durante, on the other hand, traveled light. He had the weapons on his person, like Ben, but he had no extra armaments carried on his horse. His horse, however, had horns on either side of his faceplace, giving him a demonic appearance.
Neither of them lacked for showiness. And whereas Galina let gratuitous skin show, and Durante let even more skin show, Ben wore a suit of solid black armor and a hooded tabard, as if it was his second skin, completely concealing his face from view. His hood even shadowed his helmet, giving him an even more foreboding appearance.
Durante, on the other hand, currently wore no hood... which left his stark white hair revealed. Ben shot him a look, reaching over with a long arm - he had a vast height advantage over them all - and punched his little brother on the shoulder.
"Hey," he said. "Put on your hood. We'll be in Arrowfall in a second."
"Ah, who really cares?" said Durante, flashing him a grin. "If I put my hood up, how's anyone going to see my pretty face?"
"The same way they see mine," Ben said with a laugh.
"That's my point."
"Just put your hood on or you're gonna make us all regret it. We didn't come here to hear a bunch of people raise hell about you looking funny."
"They're just jealous."
Ben reached back and grabbed Durante's hood, pulling it up over his head. Durante didn't protest, at least not verbally: he smacked Ben's armored hand away and straightened the hood.
They had come here for one reason: rumors of a magical disturbance. The Empire wanted to strengthen the Inquisition's influence over the Northern Kingdom, and therefore the three of them had been sent to answer the call regarding some kind of supposed cult in Arrowfall. Whether or not it was true, they had to wonder - but, after all, that was why they were here: to figure out what was peasant hearsay and what was real, if anything even was.
"Three people ended up dead, and no one knows why," said Durante as they went. "Don't they think maybe it's just an old-fashioned plague?"
"One person said a dead guy came back to life and started trying to dig himself up from his grave," reminded Ben.
"Oho, the kid with white hair is skeptical."
Durante shrugged. "I'm not skeptical, and besides, you're barely even older than I am."
This was the sort of thing Galina had to put up with all up and down the roads, traveling with these two. Ben, always in his armor, and Durante, always fretting over having to wear a hood... and both of them constantly exchanging friendly barbs.
The trio entered into Arrowfall shortly thereafter, trotting their horses down the narrow streets. The sun was already setting, and Galina saw both brothers quietly looking around for the nearest sign of an inn.