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    The sleepy village of Heldren has rarely seen so much excitement or concern. Hunters from the nearby Border Wood speak of unnaturally cold weather at the height of summer that descended on the forest just days ago. Heavy snow followed, and those who returned spoke of an uneasy presence in the woods, as well as new, dangerous predators. No one knows what this event means, but the town's soothsayer, Old Mother Theodora, claims dark times lie ahead.

    As if in proof of that dire prophecy, a badly wounded mercenary arrived in town yesterday, claiming to be a bodyguard of Lady Argentea Malassene. He told the village council that the noblewoman's escort came under attack by bandits and strange, wintry creatures near the edge of the Border Wood. He alone escaped, and Lady Argentea was dragged away into the forest. Now the townsfolk cast fearful eyes toward the snowy forest, worried what else might emerge to threaten their peaceful village.

    These are the events that crossed the surrounding regions to reach your ears. These are the events that to most are but simply a tragedy, an oddity to be avoided, or an occurrence beyond understanding or intervention. These are the events that in you spark something different: a need to serve your people, a chance to settle a grudge, a thirst for revenge, a chance to make a name and a living. Though the specifics of what drives you straight for Heldren differ wildly, they are fundamentally the same. A call has been sent out for those striving for greatness, and you all have taken heed.

    By your own means, you all make your way to Heldren and coincidentally arrive within a few hours of one another. The first of you to arrive garners a great deal of attention from the simple townsfolk. If they have ever seen an individual of your stripe, it was a long time ago. After the arrival of the second, eyebrows begin to quirk and whispers become a constant buzz around the village. By the third, the skepticism has left their countenances, and they welcome you earnestly. By the last, you are inundated with questions of your origins, your travels, your deeds, your intentions, your abilities.

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    A woman with stern eyes and a warm smile breaks from the ring surrounding your group. She extends her hand to each of you in greeting. "Thank you for coming to Heldren in her time of need, heroes." She pauses to let her smile widen before continuing, "You've already done more than anything we could have hoped for so quickly." She nods her head to the largest building in the town's square. "Our wounded visitor is recuperating in our town hall. His wounds are rather severe, and we fear waking him now may jeopardize his recovery. I will hail you all when he awakens and is able to tell you his tale. In the meantime, please avail yourself to whatever we can offer you."

    It is clear the woman is putting on some airs for your benefit, but her dress suggests at least some of her apparent sophistication is genuine. Either way, she has given you all leave to explore the town and acquaint yourselves with each other for some time. The woman herself turns to the town hall's entrance and unlocks the door with a key she produces from a pouch on her belt before entering and closing the door behind her.
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    Toothless came into the village under his winter gear hiding most of his goblin features and himself from the cold weather. The little goblin though was ignorant of the events which happened recently. Arriving only because of the information he has obtained about a possible witch. Witches were good. They made Toothless feel good when people start praising him for killing them and they made Toothless tummy feel good after eating them. They became a sort of delicacy to him.

    "Me Toothless. Great Witch Hunter" he announced when he was asked thinking that the townfolk was already waiting for him to get to work. To kill another witch. What a wonder ceremony it was and Toothless had no problems in answering the questions he was bombarded with one after another except the one about his race. Toothless avoided any confirmation with that question because even as a celebrated witch hunter he has had experiences of people treating goblins more like common pests which need to be exterminated.

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    Toothless' stoic introduction is punctuated by the ring of people around the recent arrivals opening once more. It seems the people of Heldren have faith in one of their own. A young frail man is encouraged to approach by the crowd, looking for all the world a street urchin despite the trappings of an adventurer either he or the town has draped him in. His face is long and devoid of much color though from what it is impossible to say for sure.
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    Cyrus had been one of the earliest arrivals in Heldren. He'd come in as he usually did on his travels, as the guard of a wandering merchant caravan. The money was pretty good, the work was usually easy, and he'd managed to snag a bonus since he'd discovered that one of the other guards was planning on selling the caravan out to bandits. The double share had brought his funds up well over a hundred gold, which was as good as it usually got for him.

    The weather in Heldren was quickly turning away from Cyrus's liking, but his contract wasn't up yet, so he was stuck here for at least the day. Since that was the case, shopping was probably called for. Cyrus headed to the market area to find some supplies and hopefully get ready for the next stage of his plan.

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    Allin looked down at the small goblin, "oh hello there small creature my name would be Allin", he knelt next to him
    and whispered in his ear. "you may not want to make 'witch hunter' your main thing here since the village 'witch' is held to very high esteem." he pats the little guy on the shoulder before standing up. "and hello to the rest of you as well!" Allin gave a large smile and a respectful bow.

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    That... was not a pleasant journey, I should have tried to get the merchant to throw in a horse, or at least a pony, I spent enough
    Ilmaren thinks, shrugging off his heavy cloak, revealing the veils underneath, a golden waistband and robe, the eldritch energy making up each glimmering like thousands of gems
    A goblin witch hunter, how quaint, though I hardly see how that could manage to slay a witch, at least none I have met


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    Among the last to arrive, Artair walks into the town square, either unknowing or uncaring of the strange looks his almost barbaric countenance was getting him.

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    As he pauses in the square to look over the future team mates of his he turns to Ilmaren and says "Ye look like ye're from the north, may Ah ask yer name?"

    (You can detect a faint but sure highlands accent in Artair's voice)
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    Hipsterdin- Smiting Heathens before it was cool.
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    See, this wouldn't happen if you were a Zweihander Sentinel Warder with Silver Crane. You'd have a 60 ft. fly speed with good maneuverability, DR and glowing pants as early as level 8.

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    "It is polite to provide your own name before asking for another's, but nonetheless, I am Ilmaren, and whether I am from the north really depends on where you consider south"
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    "Tha name is Artair Winterblade, of Tha Realm of tha Mammoth Lords." Turning to the other two, he asks "An' do I ask yer names, or is that impolite?"
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    Hipsterdin- Smiting Heathens before it was cool.
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    See, this wouldn't happen if you were a Zweihander Sentinel Warder with Silver Crane. You'd have a 60 ft. fly speed with good maneuverability, DR and glowing pants as early as level 8.

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    At the mention of trade by Cyrus, several of the villagers immediately break rank to go tend their abandoned businesses. These departures set in motion a steady stream of other villagers returning home or to their daily tasks. Clearly adventurers such as yourselves are not likely to need the help of such simple folk, or so they seem to presume. Before the crowd dissipates entirely, a few citizens do inform Cyrus of the location of the general store right there in the square across from the town hall, the apothecary across from the general store, the blacksmith right next to the general store, the carpenter down the southern path out of the village, and the temple of Erastil located adjacent to it. Some particularly well-informed youngsters show off to there peers by braving to speak directly to Cyrus, telling him that the general store and temple of "tons" of magic stuff and that the captain of the army in Zimar would be proud to have a set of armor made by the local smith's daughter before scampering off at the beckon of their parents. You can see them chastising the kids as they depart.

    Overhearing this information and standing at the crossroads at the town's center, all of you have a pretty good notion of where a good number of things are in town.

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    You are all standing in 9. You all know that 4 is the town hall, 3 is the general store, 2 is the blacksmith, 5 is the apothercary, 11 is the temple of Erastil, and 12 is the carpenter.
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    Seeing as the oddly pale looking human and the goblin (Goblins, he thought, Ah can respect them, tha tough buggers, but sometimes they weird me out a wee bit tae much) had no answer to his question forthcoming, he muttered to himself in Hallit "Ah suppose Ah'll find tha tavern, thars bound tae be more information thar."



    (EDIT: Said blacksmith, meant tavern :/)
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    Hipsterdin- Smiting Heathens before it was cool.
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    See, this wouldn't happen if you were a Zweihander Sentinel Warder with Silver Crane. You'd have a 60 ft. fly speed with good maneuverability, DR and glowing pants as early as level 8.

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    "ah my bad, let me show you were it is. My name is Allin. I'll help with the tavern since I've kind of gotten a name for myself in this town." Allin scratched his head and follows Artair to the tavern.

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    Hey Iz42 dark purple was my color why you change from blue to purple all the sudden?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightraiderx View Post
    "ah my bad, let me show you were it is. My name is Allin. I'll help with the tavern since I've kind of gotten a name for myself in this town." Allin scratched his head and follows Artair to the tavern.

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    Hey Iz42 dark purple was my color why you change from blue to purple all the sudden?

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    I mentioned that I'll be using a slightly different color for different languages :/. I'll switch it to green from now on. Sorry bout that. I'll just say I said that in common, not Hallit.
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    Hipsterdin- Smiting Heathens before it was cool.
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    See, this wouldn't happen if you were a Zweihander Sentinel Warder with Silver Crane. You'd have a 60 ft. fly speed with good maneuverability, DR and glowing pants as early as level 8.

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    (Anyways, back to IC)

    As they enter the tavern Artair turns around and says, "Thar is somethin' different about ye, lad. What be it?" Turning to the bartender he calls, "An Ale for me an' one for tha lad, iff'n he drinks."
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    See, this wouldn't happen if you were a Zweihander Sentinel Warder with Silver Crane. You'd have a 60 ft. fly speed with good maneuverability, DR and glowing pants as early as level 8.

    Pink is Neutral Evil, because reasons.


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    Those of you that enter the bar are greeted to sounds and smells that your time on the road have left you without for too long: hearty laughter, good drinks, and well-made food. The bartender, a middle-aged human woman, raps an open palm against the knuckles of a patron. He looks at her sheepishly as she scolds him, "And that'll show you to walk out without paying your bill! I don't care who's coming into to town: if you want to keep drinkin' this town, you'd best not be crossing us!" With a showy gesture, "And that goes double for you louts as well!"

    Despite her harsh words, her cheerful voice and expression betray the jest in her tirade. The charade is held together just long enough by the rest of the bar to seem serious before erupting into laughter again with fresh orders shouted from all sides. Upon spotting you entering and hearing your requests, she indicates a table close to the bar. Hoping you'd follow her act, she points an accusatory finger before continuing, "You lot! For distrubin' the peace, I'll have to give you... your drinks on the house for tonight only! Maybe force you to listen this old crone talk instead of Old Soothsayer, eh?"

    She disappears into a room behind the bar briefly before returning with enough full steins to make any mortal man buckle, but she distributes the orders with haste and efficiency. Finally, she hands you your drinks. She leans across the bar propping her head up with an arm. "So, really, how can we help?" She's still cheery, but the question is asked sincerely.
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    "Well, ye charmin' lady, Ah was wond'rin iffn ye could give us more info on tha incident with the wounded man before we go tae meet him aerselves" Artair says as he takes a large drink from the ale set in front of him.
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    Cyrus entered the general store, leaving his pack mule hitched outside. He began looking for cold weather gear similar to what he'd seen one of the other "adventurers" wearing. In a way, Cyrus despised the moniker, it implied a sense of whimsy and a carefree attitude that simply didn't jive with a profession known for suicidally charging into the depths of monstrous territory, and all too often the depths of monsters themselves. Still, he was a professional so he didn't let his distaste for the term show.

    "Excuse me," Cyrus said. "I'm looking for some cold weather gear. It seems the weather's likely to take a turn for the worst, and I'd rather not be caught unprepared. Do you have any for sale?"

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    The woman introduces herself as Kale Garimos. She leans back to sit on a stool hidden from view behind the bar before she tells you a tale about the local Lady Argentea Malassne sending word in advance of her caravan announcing her sudden return home from Zimar further north into Taldor. Her family is being rather tight-lipped about why this decision was made so hastily as Lady Malassne was set to meet her newly betrothed in Zimar. Nevertheless, whatever odd creatures the locals have been spotting and gibbering about must have attacked them in force because no one has seen hide nor hair of the Lady nor her entourage since, except the brutalized man that staggered half dead, half frozen into town just recently. He was in such rough shape that he only just earlier today was moved to the town hall away from direct access to the apothecary medicinal herbs and poultices. She suggests asking some of the patrons around the bar to hear their versions of the stories going around town regarding the creatures because she "can't spin the yarn half as thick as some of these folks can".

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    Meanwhile, in the general store, Cyrus is greeted by a human woman about his age. Her hair is strikingly blonde, relatively uncommon for the people he's seen in town so far. She drums her fingers against her wooden counter top once before bounding to a shelf off to her right. She quickly grabs a few different sets of heavy garb and lays each one out across the counter, five in all. The outfits feature different methods of insulation such as intricately quilted padding or simply being heavily laden with furs, reflecting likely regions of origin. Whoever owned these pieces last likely came from far afield to trade in Heldren. Catching that suspicion, she pipes up with, "Normally we get caravans coming through. With Qadira below, Taldor above, and Absalom west, there's plenty of call for small trading towns like Heldren along the way. For instance," she points out a red and blue quilted outfit, "I have no idea what urged that Rahadoumi man to bring such a heavy uniform this far south, but he was happy to be rid of it once we spun him something new to match his peers and the weather." Broaching the topic of business, she offers to sell you any of the outfits at the normal cost of a cold weather outfit.
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    Artair wanders over to a table of patrons with ale and hand and says "So, Ah hear ye can spin a good tale, can ye. How bout ye tell me about tha' man?"

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    You approach one of the only dwarves you have seen in the town. If your travels from your homeland have told you anything about dwarves, its that they are always willing to share a story when there's a drink in their hand. This particular fellow has chestnut hair puled tightly into a ponytail. His beard shows a similar lack of styling, just a great bushy brown mess. He seems friendly enough as you sit down and ask you question though. His arm immediately moves to hook around your shoulders and keep you with him as he drawls out, "Ah, so Kale tol' ye 'bou' the weasel, eh? Not eh one of the fahrmehrs 'round 'ere believe it, 'cept Ol' Man Dansby. They be gettin' inna his crops! And they 'ave this icy stank they leave behin'! Fingers and toes as fros'bittin' as his? Musta been tha' stank getting under 'is skin!" The man's drawling slurs with speech. He seems to be forgetting to breathe in his excitement to tell someone else about the giant weasels. As he continues to describe the creature to you, it dawns that he may actually be describing some other kind of beast, though it's hard to be sure. Nevertheless, the man's firm grip keeps you prisoner for some time as he tells you his theories about the local goings on.

    The man's stories spark some disagreement from the table adjacent yours, specifically that the creature was a giant ferret and not a weasel. Everyone's conversations seem to tune into this new discourse. An elf thinks that since the old crone Yaga is staged to return this year, maybe she's decided that Irrisen needs to expend its horizons. A gnomes with a shock of electric blue hair reasons that whatever ancient curse keeps Alkenstar arid and scorching must make somewhere else cold and wet, explaining why the Border Wood may be experiencing that now. With tales of great mages so prevalent, most of these conjectures seem feasible to the patrons in their current states.

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    Not make witch hunter his main thing? Nonsense. witches are bad. Maybe not worse than goblins but just as bad so other people would make those that hunt them a hero. Even if their hero was a goblin. Toothless was not going to trust Allin. For all the goblin knew, he was a witch. Hmm.

    And then Toothless overheard some kids talking about magic stuff in the temple. Every goblin knew that magic stuff makes the booms.

    "Me go temple!" he declared before rushing off on his own.

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    Well, I'm currently out of money, so I suppose I should try to find information, at least
    Ilmaren thinks, not entirely sure what to do while he waits for the guard to wake up
    Someone really needs to invent some sort of healing veil, it would be most useful

    With no money, and nothing better to do, he asks around, about the man and what he said before falling into unconsciousness

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    Allin gave a sigh of relief when the bar tender distracted Artair, he was not ready to reveal too much to these newcomers. After waiting for Artair to saunter over to the other dwarf he kept himself within ear shot of both of them.
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    "so what's the hold up..."
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    "you know we can't be too hasty on this, so what I'm overhearing is some kind of frost ferret/weasel, does it sound like anything you've heard of before, Nocture?
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    IZ42 I find that using language spoilers for when you are speaking a different language and label them the language you are using so that other people who share it can open it while it lets other's know that they don't know what you are saying.

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    As soon as the words Yaga and Irrisen left the Elf's mouth, Artair's expression visibly darkens. He turns to Allin and curtly says "We will find the others and inform them of this. " and leaves the tavern.
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    The temple of Erastil is simple but stands out from Heldren's meager cityscape. Other than a building with crude crenelations on the outskirt of town, this building seems to be the only one with stone walls. Inside, the Toothless may be surprised to find no seating. Instead, the center of the small chapel holds a large red square of plush carpet. All along the perimeter he recognizes small altars as bearing a wide variety of holy symbols, not simply that of Erastil. Toothless recalls a confusion that nearly cost him his hard-earned title: evidently clerics are distinct from witches despite both getting their magic from foreign, unearthly powers and shouldn't be eaten. Opposite the entrance, there is a small step indicating the primary altar of the temple. A stately chest painted black and trimmed with gold in a style reminiscent of gingerbread frosting stands at the altar's center, likely acting as the cleric's pulpit and reliquary. Beyond it, Toothless can spot a human man and woman discussing something out of earshot, though their easy-going faces indicate that it is likely of no great important. Upon hearing the door close behind him, the pair bid Toothless welcome to the temple. The man immediately asks if he was seeking a blessing, but the woman interrupts him to inform him of Toothless' status. The man apologizes, bows, and gives a gesture of welcome common from Erastil's faithful before saying, "Then I bid you welcome to our humble chapel. I am Natharen Safander. You seem to have already met my wife, Zaarida. What can these servants of the gods aid you with today?" The man's voice is fatherly and welcoming, a compliment to the stern but kind voice of Ionnia earlier and to his own graying, trimmed beard.

    Meanwhile in the tavern, Nocturne's voice is surly with indignation.
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    "I take offense that you assume a being of shadow has any great knowledge of the denizens of the cold. Even so, I know other wolves when I hear one. They're all talking about a winter wolf, most likely, though I'd sooner starve to death than give up meat like what they're describing." A snarl, "The beings of winter should have no dominion here. As you are well aware, only shadow may cross into your world here."
    Your discourse has to end abruptly to keep Artair unaware of it in his motor-driven stride out of the bar. The man seems to feel obligation very strongly if he's so dedicated to every course of action...

    Outside, Ilmaren strikes up conversation with people around the square about the wounded man as they go about their day. He is able to glean that the man is an Ulfen mercenary far from his homeland of the Realm of the Linnorn Kings. More than a few villagers mention seeing his face about town for years, however, as he is a common fixture in both Lady Argentea's and other local nobles' protection entourages. One of the assistants from the general store jokes that he calls the store his trophy room, as some of the items for sale there are equipment he had brought there from his travels. For the conversations that go long enough to ask specifically about what he saw, the common answers seem to be a nude blue woman, a huge man covered in white, and a detachment of Rokhar's Raiders. Any questions about the Raiders almost immediately devolve into complaining about the local Ranger Sentinels not doing enough to keep the gang from harassing travelers. Ilmaren finishes up a conversation with a pair of halfling twins carrying some lumber before Artair barrels towards him.
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    That accursed Ice Witch Queen is behind this, Ilmaren. Yaga Baba has daminion over tha cold, and tha creatures that attack'd were creatures of frost. This outbreak must be stopped NAE

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    Cyrus paid for the animal fur cold weather outfit. He offered up a couple extra gold and inquired about the injured man in the temple.

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    Entering the temple Toothless took the time to indulge himself in a momentary distraction and felt at the plush red carpeting as he looked at the various interesting holy symbols. He salivated when he saw the gingerbread cube but snapped out of it when the humans started talking to him.

    The goblin looked at the woman and being unable to recollect her from all the similar looking humans he admitted "no see wife before" before waving in greeting to both of them. From his experience humans love to be acknowledged more than even goblins.

    Then he explained what he came for. "Toothless hear magic stuff in temple. Magic stuff make big boom yes?"

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    The two continue to smile politely as they try to communicate as best they can despite the language barrier. 'A boom, eh? Of a sort, I suppose. We have a wand that enhances your weapon for a moment and a scroll capable of giving you a blessing of fervor in battle." He adds with a chuckle, "The booms would depend on what weapons you carry!" Producing a key to the chest, he opens it before retrieving the two items from within: a wand of magic weapon and a scroll of aid. The scroll seems pristine, but the runes glowing faintly on the wand seem to have had some of their numbers extinguished, just under half from a glance.

    The woman meekly accepts two extra gold pieces from Cyrus, 10 altogether. "Might as well make it an even platinum..." She clearly considers herself no charity case, but money is money. "Truthfully, I'm a bit glad you picked that one. I thought I was going to have to tear that one apart next. We've run short on clean linens to dress his wounds and his limbs need all the warmth they can get. The city council is paying my expenses, but... they are rather nice furs to be used for an ailing man's toes." Answering Cyrus' question directly, she says, "He was talking about a white-blue giant and some sort of woman with him. He had a special word for the color, I'm not quite sure how it went. Apparently the ice from his home gets so cold it turns from white to blue! That's the way he described the giant. He says the woman's breathe could form ice in his veins. With how frostbitten he was despite being fully clothed, I'm willing to believe him. Even for his entire cadre of seasoned warriors, I guess those two were enough to tip the scale for Rokhar's Raiders... They're another group from around here, by the way. Usually the just keep to the Border Wood and lift a few items off of merchants in shakedowns. The local Sentinels keep them confined to the Wood usually, but..." she pauses again, "If those two creatures are still around and working for them, they may get braver in their banditry." Her eyes seem to focus on something distant as she tells you this, but when she feels she's given you all the details she can, she brings them back to you.
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