“Well this sucks” Korihime said as she paid for her parties drinks with the little bit of gold they had left. “We need a job if we plan on not sleeping in the marketplace in the very near future.” she said as she sat down at the table where three humans, another Elf, and a warforged were waiting.
“Then it will be your own fault. You were supposed to handle the gold,” the warforged said with a hint of annoyance in his voice.
“Well if someone didn’t need repairing so often we would have more Verlan,” Korihime retorted. “Does anyone have any leads on a job?”
“Well the twelve is always hiring,” Gordan said. “They’re always looking for ‘Talented individuals’ to help discover the lost treasures of Xen’Drik.”
“You mean loot the graves of the long dead for trinkets that The Twelve can use to keep their power,” one of the heavily armored humans whose armor bore the symbol of Dol Arrah and carried a mace.
“Doesn’t matter to me very much Nomar. I don’t see myself leaving Xen’Drik any time soon and The Twelves power here is limited. Besides loot is there to be taken and any traps or other obstacles in the way means it was something important and it’s not like the dead are using them,” Korihime responded. “Plus their gold is shiny and it’s not like we have to give them everything we find.”
“It still doesn’t feel right to me,” the other armored Human also bering the mark of Dol Arrah and carrying a kopesh.
“Our activities, especially Kori’s, rarely feel right to you Jherdon,” Gordan said taking a pull from his mug. “ At least she isn’t stealing from the residents of Stormreach.”
“At least that you know of,” Kori said softly into her mug,
“What was that,” Gordan said.
“Nothing, I guess this means we’ll be visiting the Twelves tower tomorrow then,” Kori said finishing her drink.
“I have a sparing match in the morning,” Verlan said.
“We have buissness at the temple in the morning,” Jherdon said pointing to himself and Nomar.
“Well then, what about you Pyre?” Kori asked the robed elf.
“I shall wait here for you to return. I have every confidence in your ability to negotiate a fair price for our services.” Pyrethria said finishing her wine and leaving the table.
“Great that just leaves me and Gordan. Everyone better be here by midday or we’ll leave without you and keep all the pay for ourselves and you lot can find somewhere else to sleep,” Kori stated as she grabbed her bow from the back of her chair.
“Don’t I get a choice in the matter,” Gordan called to Kori as she went upstairs.
“No,” was all she replied before disappearing upstairs to her room.
Morning came the next day and as the sun rose Nomar and Jherdon headed out to the temple to prepare for the journeys to come. A little while late the Warforged Verlan left for his sparing and training session at a local adventurer’s guildhouse and was followed shortly by the Elf Sorcereress Pyrethira who was going host knows where and the human Gordan who sat down and ordered breakfast to wait for Kori to get up.
A few hours later Kori finally made her way to the main room of the inn ad sat down at the same table as Gordan. After a min the tavern owner brought her a breakfast and a cup of tea.
“Do I want to know why you’re up so late?” Gordan asked.
“Probably not,” Kori replied. “On an unrelated note we probably won’t be staying at the Leaky Dinghy in the near future. Let’s go find us some work shall we.”
Korihime got up from the table and tossed the tavern keep a few silver for the meal as she and Gordan left to see what The Twelve was offering for work.
A short walk later Kori and Gordan arrived at The Twelve’s tower just outside Stormreach and headed to their job board. A quick look over it seemed to be fairly mundane caravan escorting to the various dig sites they where running. Deeming those to boring with to little return on investment Kori spotted a job that was asking for a team to clear out a recently discovered ruin that was proving a bit much for the expedition to handle.
“This one looks good. I just can’t turn away from an empty ruin, especially when there are so many traps,” Kori said taking down the information.
“Kori, you hate trying to disable traps though,” Gordan said raising his eyebrow.
“True, but I always say that with more traps and hazards the more treasure there is to be had. I mean there must be something important to have all of that protection or why go to the effort. Now it looks like we have to go see the clerk real quick to tell him the job has been taken and then meet with some Captain Malcolm d’Lyrandar and take his boat down the hydra to the expedition’s base camp.”
“Sounds easy enough,” Gordan commented. “All the same did you get any gold to buy provisions before we leave?”
“Only 2500. I’ll have to use my charms to get the most out of it. Let’s go get the others.”
Gordan and Korihime arrived at the Wayward Lobster a little after mid-day and found the rest of their companions sitting around a table waiting for them.
“Well it’s nice to see you didn’t leave without us,” Nomar said between bites of his lunch.
“You’re late,” Verlan grumbled.
“No I’m not, I figured that if I got done before mid-day I would wait till then for you guys and if I took longer you couldn’t leave without me since I have the job details,” Kori answered. “You guys go down to the harbor and find a Captain Malcom d’Lyrandar, he’s our ride to the base camp and I’ll go get some supplies. Anything in particular you need Pyre or Nomar?”
Pyrethria and Nomar both gave her a short list, a few wands and material components, and the party left for the harbor while Kori did some shopping. A little while later she met the rest of her group in the harbor near a elemental galleon named Tranquility talking to a half-elf she was introduced to as Captain Malcolm d’Lyrandar.
“If everyone is ready I must insist we head out as some of these supplies are perishable and the further we can get down the Hydra in the light the better,” Malcolm said. “Barring any unforeseen situations we should be there as sun rises tomorrow.”
Once every one had their gear stowed and was ready the water elemental bound in the belly of the ship roared to life in a ring around it and propelled them to the unknown.