It is a new day in Mecklen, the city of a thousand crushed dwarf dreams.
The party gathers for breakfast and discover that it is the time of the month for Heidan, where he spends a day meditating to Savras. While debating if they should find their priest and leave town over smoked sausage balls, and scrambled dragon turtle eggs, a young street dwarf shows up to the table…
In pants that are more patch than pants, a wool shirt to large, and covered in what looks like all the dirt in the Mecklen Dwaren district, Young Oslo says, “Hey misters, are you Gavin’s wandering minstrels?”
Sivas, “We know them.”
Young Oslo, “is you Gavin?”
Sivas, “I know him.”
Holding his hand out, and pointing his thumb at two other dwarven urchins at the tavern door, young Oslo says, “Well me mates have something for him.”
Kadrin tosses a copper to the lad.
Oslo, tosses a folded letter to the table and bolts for the door.
Gavin nimbly acquire the letter, unfolds, and reads…
After several minutes Gavin relays that a long-time acquaintance is asking to meet at the Yellow Tavern around 2:00 pm, and is aware of the trouble he and the party have stepped in starting with “Jubal”, and ending with the events at “The Beast”, there are also hints that there may be way to make it all go away.
Finishing breakfast Sivas looks at the group and bids them “a due” (elvish for I’m Out), and heads out of the tavern, he looks back over his shoulder and let the party know he will see them at the Yellow Lantern for lunch.
Otto stands up from the table and walks out without a word, but he does burp three times, good sausage.
Kadin and Gavin, agree that they should find work for the party, before meeting Gavin’s friend at the Yellow Lantern, and maybe pick up some arrows, and drop off a forgery kit at the wagon.
Kadin, and Gavin who is disguised as a Dwarf, head to the market to purchase arrows from OilBeard’s weapon stall, and then they spend another 3 hours talking about what makes a dwarf look tough… Oh, and where is the Yellow Tavern.
Otto heads to the Temple of Tyr. He basks inside surrounded by Tyr’s glory, and pays a Monk to leave him in peace. After his long introspective around the Black Swords, The Silent rain, and Tyr priest smile a lot.
After several hours Otto leaves the cathedral and heads back towards the Thunderbrew Tavern. As he strolls out of the Mecklen’s government square he spots the barracks of the Black Sword Company. With much restraint he continues to head back in the direction of the City’s main gate, and along the way he runs into Gavin assuring Kadin that he looks tough.
Sivas wanders about the elvish district until he comes to a store front that catches his eye, “The Arcane Knowledge-able Person” in elvish, and below in smaller common print is written “Readables”. Inside an ageless elvish proprietor of historical books, tomes, and scrolls, greets him.
Svensen Silverthorn says, “Andaran atish’an” (Elvish, Enter this place in peace.)
Sivas, “Elen sila lumenn’omentielvo! Manenna sinarë?” (Elvish, a star shines on the hour of our meeting! How are you today?)
Switching to common, Svensen says, “How can I be of service?”
Sivas, “I’m looking for text that cover the folklore of Mecklen and the surrounding areas.”
Svensen directs Sivas to a corner of the shop with bright colored covers and pages, large elvish, and common, text. Perhaps this is something you may like.
The cover text reads, “Goodnight Ithil”
Sivas asks, “I was thinking of something that covers the history of the Eventide Knights”
Svensen, “I do believe I have a scroll somewhere that discusses the four knights of the Eventide. Penned by Arramast Isil the Long Study”
Sivas given the opportunity to quickly scan the scroll, and picks out things like “The Immortal four”, and “Consumption of the host”. After a few moments of haggling he purchases the scroll for 23gp, and gets directions to the Yellow Lantern.
Sivas is first to arrive at the brightly colored tavern, and walks in through the red door past the paper lanterns. Taking a table he orders lunch and scans the other patrons. The lunch crowd is made up of elvish craftsmen, and a lone gnome smoking a pipe that make significant eye contact.
Gavin, Kadrin, and Otto arrive. Otto sits down at the table with Sivas, and watches him eat his rosemary bread, and duck soup. Meanwhile Gavin make eye contact with gnome, and get a slight head nod, so he approaches the table with Kadrin in tow.
Gnome (HR), “Gavin you look much as I remember, and not as careful as I taught you.”
Gavin, “The only thing familiar about you is the attitude.”
HR, “Well it is best that one not leave a trail that others can follow.”
Gavin, “It seems you have been following mine.”
HR, “Only to look out for you.”
Gavin, “Like you looked after my parents, my home? Have you asked me her to hand back the money took from everyone?”
HR, “All in good time, at the moment I do have a proposition that will put coin in your pocket and in a round about way help the greater good. There is a pouch and a scroll case I need acquired from a noble house here in Mecklen.”
Kadrin, “I don’t steal.”
Gavin, “I would I do anything to help you, or put my friends in any kind of danger?”
HR, “You and your friends are already in danger, and it’s been me that has already helped you keep them out of harms way. It was me that warned you about Jubal sending men to Mulketeo to find you, and it’s me that has kept a lid on the events at the beast, and I’ll tell you that has taken a fair bit of coin todo.”
Gavin, “I can’t trust you HR.”
HR, “Only because you think you know me.”
Gavin, “What is the job?”
HR, “Asquiths family vault located in their manor house here in Mecklen. There is a chest of drawers and in the 3rd one down a pouch with 10 blue stones, and a scroll case. You deliver the 10 stones, not 9, not 5, but 10, and the scroll case un-opened. 400gp”
Gavin, “Why do you want them?”
HR, “You ask a lot of questions… I have a patron that requires them, that is all I know, and all you need to know. If your interested I need your answer soon, as we are on a timetable, and this job needs to be completed in 5 days. After that you cant help me, and without my patron’s favor I may not be able to help you or your friends.”
Kadrin, “I don’t steal.”
HR, “Well let me know as soon as your can, there is another party you will want to talk to in order to make a plan.”
Gavin, “I’ll get back to you.”
Kadrin, “Gavin, I don’t steal.”
The party leaves the Yellow Lantern and heads back to the Thunderbrew for dinner and to discuss.
After much talk, and speculation the group decides a night on the town to learn more about the House of Asquiths is in order…
Next morning little has been learned, except that the Asquiths may be dabbling in the the dark arts, according to rumors, Otto will do just about anything for a free breakfast, and Kadrin smells like hair-shirt.