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Zumurrud would best be described as a pious woman. Though she was skilled in storytelling and in the arts of magic, it was her piety that would most determine the course of her life. Her piety made her feel a duty to help others, but also gave her a sense of righteousness that occasionally led to adverse affects.

She set out from Baghdad in an attempt to help a wealthy merchant find a suitable spouse. The merchant promised a hefty reward, though of course Zumurrud acted too out of the goodness of her heart. She set out for the far-off city of Su-Chou, where there was reported to be a slave market of extraordinary quality. The merchant hoped to marry a slave that Zumurrud would purchase for her.

On her journey, Zumurrud encountered many strange customs. In particular, her caravan stopped one evening near another group of travellers, whom Zumurrud suspected to be wicked in the eyes of Allah. She acted as she always did in such situations, and prayed to Allah for the protection of her fellow travellers. And indeed, her fellow travellers were safe, though Zumurrud had neglected to pray for herself as well and woke up to find that she had been robbed. Since she had not yet acquired any wealth that could be stolen, this did not hinder her progress to any significant degree, and she proceeded on to her goal.

When Zumurrud at last arrived in Su-Chou, she found that the slave market exceeded her highest expectations, and she selected a slave who seemed perfect in all ways. In fact, despite her intentions to return the slave to the merchant, she found that she had fallen in love with him herself. Knowing that she would be stricken with grief if they were forced to part, she shunned the generous reward offered by the merchant and chose to marry the slave herself. This limited Zumurrud’s travels somewhat, as she became rather chained to the city of Su-Chou where her husband resided, but she still enjoyed travelling to the nearby towns and didn’t mind returning home frequently. Zumurrud was unfortunately pursued by the angry merchant who had planned to marry the slave, but this small shadow was unable to mar Zumurrud’s marital bliss, especially as she didn’t have much trouble staying ahead of her pursuer.

Shortly after her marriage, Zumurrud went for a short trip to a nearby town, and there encountered a foolish thief. Her righteousness shone forth, and she beat the thief in order to teach him a lesson. Perhaps, though, she went too far: when the thief persisted in his wicked ways, she beat him again, even unto the point of death. It was then that she was forced to reflect on her behaviour, and realized that her piety was in some ways too extreme. She came away from the encounter somewhat sadder, but with a greater store of wisdom. After that, she tried to aid the people she encountered, though often with minimal success: she could do nothing to assist the lonely prince or the lovesick efreet whom she met later on in her travels.

She was, however, able to aid a poor village that she passed through. She stayed for a time to assist them in rebuilding after a disaster, and was there too when they decided to erect a statue to commemorate the event. This was to be a human statue, though false idols were deplorable in the eyes of Allah! Luckily, Zumurrud was able to convince them of the errors of their ways, and left the villagers in a more enlightened state, if not quite as happy as they had been before.

Eventually Zumurrud decided that it was time to return to Baghdad. She had achieved great things in her life, and wanted to relate her story to her relatives in person. Though she had no children, she had increased in piety and had become something of a scholar, and considered that her life had been a success.

It was on this final journey that Zumurrud had her greatest adventure. Her caravan approached the Magnetic Mountain, and needed to bring food to the starving people on the other side, but was unable to find a way through. In this moment of greatest need, Zumurrud turned again to Allah. She prayed for three days, refusing food and water, in the hope that he would show them the path and save the starving village. So devoted was she to her prayers that she nearly paid with her own life, sitting without drink in the parched desert. On the third night, a vision was granted to her. She saw a brass bow, and knew that it would be their salvation. Rising from her prayer, she did indeed find this bow in the location indicated by her dream, and she used it to shoot an arrow at the heart of the mountain. The mountain shattered, the caravan passed through, and many lives were saved. Zumurrud became greatly respected and was granted a robe of honour. It was in this happy state that she entered the city of Baghdad.

Here at last the pursuing merchant caught up to her. Despite her best efforts, Zumurrud was unable to avoid her; in fact, her attempt at avoidance so enraged the merchant that she attacked Zumurrud with her sword, striking a serious blow. Zumurrud, though seriously wounded, fortunately lived to relate the story of her adventures, which she has now set out before you. The wound did not hold her back from victory.
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Thank you. The thief part made me laugh.
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Dunyazad wrote:
She acted as she always did in such situations, and prayed to Allah for the protection of her fellow travellers. And indeed, her fellow travellers were safe, though Zumurrud had neglected to pray for herself as well and woke up to find that she had been robbed. Since she had not yet acquired any wealth that could be stolen, this did not hinder her progress to any significant degree, and she proceeded on to her goal.



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Good writing!
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Thanks!
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