"She’s got one of the best voices in all of Skyrim," Marcurio said to Rayya as we arrived at Dawnstar. "Very talented."
Windpeak Inn was quiet. It was still early; most of the villagers wouldn’t be done with their work for another two hours.
"I’m sorry," said the innkeeper after I rapped on the counter to get his attention. "My mind was somewhere else. Did you need a room? Drink?"
"Yes, I will need a room," I answered, relieved to see no one else around. "We’ve been traveling for a long while and I am weary. I have an audience with the Jarl in the morning, so if you would be so kind as to wake…"
"You’re the Dragonborn, aren’t you!" Thoring cut in. "I knew it! We’ve been expecting you. Karita! C’mon, girl! The Dragonborn is here!"
"Oh, uh, no…no!" I replied quickly. "There’s no need for such a big fuss…"
"Nonsense! Don’t ever let it be said that Dawnstar did not give a fitting welcome to the hero of Skyrim!"
Thoring’s daughter hurried into the main room, carrying a large drum. She gave a little squeal as her eyes fell on me, then with a smile she began her rendition of “A Dragonborn Comes.”
I groaned as she sang off-key with the fervor of a priest of Talos. Grabbing my ale, I went to the furthest end of the inn and sat down, content with the fact that the song was almost over.
Beware, Beware the Dragonborn comes
For the darkness has passed, and the legend yet grows.
You’ll know, you’ll know the Dragonborn comes.
I sighed in relief as the song came to an end. Marcurio and Rayya, who had gathered around the bard, clapped encouragingly at her. Karita bowed, then to my dismay, she started the song over again.
Our hero, our hero, claims a warrior’s heart…
"I don’t know what’s so great about her," said Teldryn, sitting down next to me after the third round of the same song. "Her voice lacks range and her arms lack rhythm. I’ve heard dogs howl better than her."
"I have to get out of here," I said, rising abruptly.
I left the inn and made my way towards the Jarl’s longhouse, hoping that he would have an extra room for me to stay in for the night.