(Backstory.) Characters answered a grand call for orc exterminators in near the town of Shadmont in the shadow of the White Fall mountains. 15 orc scalps are procured, a modest bounty. They make their way back to Peevish for a reward.
After cashing in, the mercenary band finds themselves in the Brave Bully tavern (Laramie, proprietor).
Mustafa receives a letter from his childhood friend Mifus (pronounced “MEE-foos”). He is informed that the leader of the Alcazar garrison of the army of the Sylveon Empire, Lord Rathborne, has requested Mustafa’s mercenary company to go on a special mission for him. (Note: letter was magically encrypted. Required a ‘read magic’ spell from Tancred to decipher after failed check from Denris.)
Mifus communicates that Lord Rathborne has already reserved 250GP for each party member if they simply accept the mission, and an addition 250GP if they reach Alcazar by the end of the month (it is currently the first day of the month, how convenient!). There are also mounts waiting for them at the local Livery in Peevish.
The characters discuss it over, and seem to come to an agreement that they’ll accept this job. They agree to go to the bank in the morning, and maybe the market as well to prepare for their journey.
Mustafa, Tancred and Magnus take some serving wenches to their room and everyone gets some sort of night’s rest. The party tips Laramie as he was the bearer of good news.
In the morning, the group straggle downstairs to find food and drink waiting for them. Laramie is out, or still asleep, and his goliath cousin Jor is running things in the common room. The group eats and discusses their plan.
Midway through their breakfast, Jor’s voice can be heard booming from the back. “This is the fifth time, you little rat!” He emerges from the kitchen, holding up a squirming teenager by the collar, and makes a bee-line for the front door. He swings it wide and tosses the lad out on his rump. “And stay out!” Jor grumbles, slamming to door and shaking dust from the rafters.
At this point Denris inquires what the boy’s done wrong. Indicating the sour coffee that Tancred has been drinking. “He’s been putting something in the coffee,” Jor says, spitting in disgust at the floor. “Anyway, enjoy your breakfast.”
Denris, Tancred and Gillen then leave the tavern on their own, following the boy out into the street. Mustafa, Avariel, and Magnus head to the Church Ward to withdraw funds and do some shopping.
Denris catches up with the boy in an alley. He is standoffish at first, but the affable nature of Denris seems to ease his concerns. Denris is able to glean from the boy that there is something hidden near where the coffee is kept in the storeroom of the Brave Bully. It’s some sort of list, and the boy seems to believe that if he steals it he can get into the thieve’s guild. He then scurries off.
Meanwhile, Mustafa, Avariel and Magnus have made their way through the Low Ward and into the Church Ward, and head into the Great Market. They discover booths and pavilions, the Market is still pretty crowded despite the wet day.
The three stop at a clothing vendor named Rami who is from the Eastern Wastes. Mustafa engages the shopkeeper and discusses purchasing travel clothing for surviving the hot sands. They haggle and agree on a price of (will insert when I remember GP) and outfits are tailored for the party memebers. Rami also recommends his cousin Basra the Camel Merchant who has a tent not too far from here.
Magnus buys a silvered kukri from Rami and Avariel gets a fan as a bonus with the deal. All three make their way to the bank, where they are eventually joined by Tancred, Denris and Gillen.
There is must discussion about the efficacy of camels. Mustafa buys 3 more. The rest of the party retrieves mounts from the Livery.
The party sets out from Peevish towards the city of Alcazar along the Gunderson-Peevish road.