Garcia: You must be Dozla.
Dozla: That’s right! Who are you?
Garcia: My name is Garcia. Sir Dozla, I’ve been hearing a lot about you lately.
Dozla: Only good things, I hope! Ha ha ha! I’ve heard of you, too, Sir Garcia. Mostly about your incredible strength! Hey, would you mind lifting this boulder? Just kidding! Ha ha ha!
Garcia: Ha ha. It’s not a big deal. Are you normally this…energetic?
Dozla: Well, I stuffed myself, so I’m feeling pretty great!
Garcia: You can’t fight on an empty stomach. Eating is very important to keep up your strength. Especially breakfast. I’ve heard that in some cultures, they call breakfast “first break.”
Dozla: What’s that? What do they break?
Garcia: A fast.
Dozla: A fast what? Huh? Speak plainly! I don’t understand all this talking in circles.
Garcia: We don’t eat anything while we sleep, so it’s as if we are fasting. So, the meal you eat in the morning breaks that fast. This means that breakfast is an especially important meal.
Dozla: Huh. Who would have thunk it? The only thing I consumed this morning was knowledge!
Garcia: What do you mean?
Dozla: Just that I make it a point to learn other disciplines. You have to if you want to grow as a fighter.
Garcia: I completely agree. Young men in this army are strong in their specific fields, but weak in others. The art of complete training has been lost on the younger generation, I’m afraid.
Dozla: Yes, that’s right! Back in our day, fighters had to learn many disciplines in case they had to fill in for a wounded teammate. I’ve always wanted to learn archery. The delicate precision is the opposite of fighting with an axe.
Garcia: Me, too. Why don’t we meet sometime and study it together?
Dozla: That’s a great idea!
Garcia: Hello there, Dozla!
Dozla: I had a great time last time!
Garcia: Yes, indeed.
Dozla: I just love sparring! It’s like having a conversation, except with weapons!
Garcia: You DO know that you’re not supposed to swing the bow like an axe, right? Ha ha!
Dozla: I was only clowning around! I’m recalling that a certain someone loaded the arrow in the wrong direction and nearly impaled his shoulder. Hmmm. Now, who could that have been?
Garcia: That was a defect in the arrow!
Dozla: Ha ha ha ha ha! I’m sure!
Garcia: Maybe you just can’t teach old dogs new tricks.
Dozla: I don’t believe that’s true at all. You’re magnificent with an axe. How hard can it be to learn something new?
Garcia: No, you’re the great one. You’re a menace to the enemy!
Dozla: Where did you learn to fight like that?
Garcia: Well, I used to lead troops in Renais. I learned the basics there… Once I retired, I was living on a mountain. My daily chores involved swinging an axe, although just for splitting firewood.
Dozla: See? You learned how to apply your skills to different fields. Maybe archery just isn’t our thing. We should try something else.
Garcia: What do you suggest?
Dozla: How about magic?
Dozla: It can’t be that difficult to learn. As far as I can tell, it’s just a bunch of arm waving and shouting gibberish.
Garcia: You do have a point.
Dozla: Let’s practice sometime soon.
Garcia: I’m looking forward to it…Mage!
Dozla: Ha ha ha ha! Yes, indeed!
Garcia: That did not go as well as I had hoped.
Dozla: Well, that’s not entirely true, is it.
Garcia: It would have helped if you hadn’t whacked me in the head with the staff.
Dozla: I didn’t mean to hit you! You just got in the way when I was…conjuring.
Garcia: I still have a lump on my head.
Dozla: I feel badly about it, all right? Besides, I think you’re forgetting that I also healed you with that staff!
Garcia: No, you didn’t! You burned my beard clear off!
Dozla: Oh, yes. That’s right. I’m sorry.
Dozla: You have to admit, though, you looked quite dashing without that beard. It took at least ten years off of your appearance. No, at least twenty!
Garcia: You really think so? I can’t stop smelling burnt hair.
Dozla: But, wait! At least give me credit for making it grow back that quickly.
Garcia: … Very well. It grew back nicely. Thank you.
Dozla: You’re welcome!
Garcia: This little foray into other disciplines has certainly taught me a lot.
Dozla: Me, too! After all this, sword fighting should be a piece of cake!