Environment: Clear and calm
Location: Llorn, The Crooked Dog Inn
Gathering round the table Silhouette finds Ravenscroft, Ramsis, and their respective familiars have answered the summons to join herself and Azure who promptly begins to poke through the thoughts of others in the room. Azure finds that there does not seem to be much overt hostility or any angry-looking glances cast his way, though he receives a flinching-sniff from their serving lady and her thoughts barely contain that both you and Gaozir appear filthy and smell, right up until she takes a second look at the dirt-caked and white haired man with the bird mask and ponders if maybe he's the source of the smell.
Doctor Ravenscroft takes his mask and hat off and, hanging them from the back of his seat and motions for Ramsis to take a seat, "I see you're alive. Haven't heard from you in months. What have you been doing?" Ravenscroft says with slight annoyance. Doctor Ravenscroft looks to the folk entering the tavern before looking back at Ramsis. Another sip of ale. "Nothing but normal work for me, for the last few months." Ravenscroft says, without being prompted. "Bought a house, and have been practicing medicine for those who rather not have people wondering how they got hurt." Ramsis explains he has gone through a bit of formal schooling, but that is now ended.
Silhouette introduces Azure to the others and vice versa,"Hello…was it Doctor? This ogre is Azure. Long ago we met for a brief bit of employ on behalf of Llorn to deal with an … issue of children being abducted. Found him again near the Shattered Mountains. He’s blind, but dang somehow doesn’t walk into walls and looks right at ya no matter how you sneak around him. Trust me, I tried…dozens of times.” Laughing she lightly backhands the ogre and says, "This is Doctor Ravenscroft.” When they are seated she casts See Aura to give herself insight into those assembled. They are largely as they appear given her prior experience, all are fairly experiences (4th to 7th lvl); Ravenscroft and Ramsis have significant spellcasting energy that is high but not as high as her own, and Azure is still psychic with a comparable amount of energy to hers. Both the Northerner and the Dwarf have multiple magic items about their persons. She takes that moment as well to regard the patrons sitting nearest their table, curious if she might induct anyone else into her plans or if to be wary of their presence. There's a fairly high level Orc of nearly Azure's size in a chainmail shirt with a magic morning star on the far side of the room who seems to be giving all of his attention to a bowl of stew, but most of the others seem lower level soldiers or tradesmen.
Silhouette's brow crinkles as she explains,"I have been for months studying with a Master Wizard in preparation for the coming days." Sil shakes her head with a cloud of frustration tightening her features as she says,"I must remind myself that none of you have seen the growing darkness my former companions and myself have witnessed ... " she breathes in deeply and out slowly as she begins sidling up to the table and bringing everyone into her confidence,“Now for why. I have been away for these past months originally in search of Western encroachment from the south due to the orc horde traveling north.” Ravenscroft and Ramsis recall her departure from the cave prior to their own trip to Llorn, but note that the City has not had any hordes of attacking Orcs, Coyles, or anything else in the last few months. Food has been relatively stable if expensive, and trade along the Great Canal has resumed.
The teen-girl launches into a recount of her trip culminating in her having discovered unknown evidence from a dead man that has led her to believe her father has been killed, likely by a man who summons wolves. Continuing, she seems to be unraveling a thread with extreme care, "But that is not the only goal I bring you together to resolve. The murderer, the Man, the man in shadow as I do not know his face was after an artifact of Lopnel the Red. A Yin-Sloth deity of war and nearly a god of Chaos. The weapon was taken to…” Pausing she changes her words,”Taken to a safe place but I think it could be used to draw the shadowed man out.” It is unclear whether the teen-mystic is sure of what or where the item is, but she continues, "Llorn recently dealt with Western interference and I’m certain this man is from the West as well. A summoner… I last saw my father when Western mages attacked us and so he had me flee to Llorn, the shadow wolves and this knowledge make me certain he is a Western summoner.” Sighing Silhouette continues and a rambling proposition issues forth,”The irony that the four of us do not come from Llorn and our actions would do The East service is not lost on me. I do not believe any would pay you or I for finding this summoner and stopping whatever he plans with the artifact of Lopnel, which he may be trying to obtain now though he could have abandoned the effort too ... The six of you are capable, but as much as I’m willing to do anything to get that sword back I do not know if you are ready. That is, I have barely seen your capacity and as I want my father’s sword returned to him, I fear we would have only one chance to succeed if and when we find the shadowed man. And a poor chance at that presently. I would pay you for this venture as I have a fair collection in the last year to barter for your help. First we would have to find the man and this will take time. Time I think we can spend looking while also performing other tasks between the rivers of Hadrian's Cove and Wisdom as I believe the man resides near the Shattered Lands if not wholly within them. And if we are lucky we may find a patron who would take to considering the danger of a Yin-Sloth War god’s artifact being used against the East.”
It seems she wants to hire you to find someone who might have her father's sword, and an artifact from a Southern war-god. With characteristic candor Doc asks, "So in short you want to hire us to look for a sword. How much are you offering for what you say is a nigh impossible task?"
At this point a clearing throat can be heard from off to Silhouette's left and another thickly built Orc (this one with a falchion on his hip) steps up to the table, "Man with big wolf said bring this here." He places a small chest on the table in front of Silhouette and walks away.
Azure: -8 ISP
Silhouette: -47 PPE
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