Tweet of the Day: Food for Thought: Jesus vs. Heracles
The Shady Dragon Inn was full, as usual, for this time of night. Pipe smoke, stale ale and nervous gossip roiled the air. Strange happenings, strange even for the City of Thieves, had occurred in the past months. Rumors of kidnappings, attacks on trade caravans and Iuzian attempt to desecrate Rigby’s grave were just the tip of the iceberg. The disappearance of two important people, Loris Raknian and the chief priest of the Heirnonean order in Greyhawk merged with the raw nervous energy coming from the masses gathering around the temple of St. Cuthbert to mourn Rigby’s death.
This meant little to Jaymes, who found himself short on coin. Hopefully an old friend would come through with an good offer.
“A pence for your thoughts young man,” said a man passing by Jaymes table.
“Your coin, your questions, although I really got nothing to say,” quipped Jaymes as he looked up from his drink.
The other gave him a lopsided grin. Peralay sat down and ordered a round for both of them, “How about work then?”
“If you got something worth doing, speak.”
“Aren’t we a grouch this night?”
“No money and no Home will do that to you.”
“If you do this for me you could have both,” Jaymes stared back at his interlocutor and waited. “A friend of a friend is looking for men of skill. Evil is afoot.” Peralay’s tone betrayed no irony.
Jayme’s reply brimmed with it “Evil is always afoot in this world of ours. Got any particular person or thing in mind?”
“My friend has the specifics, but suffice it to say that what happened at Rigby’s funeral and Raknian’s disappearance are related, that much I know to be true. If you want further proof, you can stop by the hamlet of Diamond Lake on your way to meet our friend in Magepoint. Ask around and see what we are up against.”
“Work is fine, but you know what I really want,” Jaymes said.
“Yes. Help us and we will do whatever we can to open the Ways for you.” He tossed a small pouch on the tabletop. It crashed with the sound of coins. Jaymes took it.
“That should cover your expenses. Time is of the essence,” With those words Peralay stood up and disappeared into the Inn’s noisy crowd.