The group prepares to leave the ship and smiles as they hear the dire rats finding the remaining Kobolds within the walls. Their muffled screams conclude the long process of clearing the ship. (that still needs a name)
The three goblins hands are bound with rope, and when Brantus and Pippa check they notice that they are loose and the creatures can easily remove them. The Kobolds must have loosened them. They are quickly re-secured and locked back away.
Nia and Norvil decide to stay on the ship with Jaeshar, Pippa, Eutropia, Kibbo, Deet and the two mermaids.
The rest of the group leaves the ship across the gang plank, heads down the dock and into town. It is early morning and the sounds of the lower market have been heard for over an hour now. Several well wishers greet the group as they leave the docks.
The Lower Market is active this late autumn morning, as the town seems to have a renewed lease on life. The town square overflows with townsfolk shopping at the numerous stalls. The ground is thick with mud and several men can be seen waking from their night of drunkenness, but otherwise, the town is a buzz.
As the group enters the market area, the crowd begins to turn and applaud, along with some cheering and whistling. Hidden within the crowd, Nyllbryn notices a dark haired beauty wearing Varisian scarves. She is dressed in a white cotton blouse and a leather vest. Her purple scarf covers her head, while another decorates her waist over her belt. She stands deep within the crowd accompanied by a human male with similar features. A larger male half orc soon joins them both. He hands his friend a skewered critter freshly cooked that morning. The woman smirks at Nyll when the group walks past. “That’s a nice ship you found there.” She tells him. “You strolled out the north gate two weeks ago, only to return with a ship. Interesting.” She concludes with a look of exaggerated confusion, then gives a friendly smile. (perception knowledge local check, for more information)
The group walks past towards the town’s courthouse amid the cheers and applause of the crowd. Before entering the building, the group notices the gallows have been converted to a stage with ribbon and streamers. It appears ready for someone to make a speech.
Just then, Mykra and Kimmi rush out from the crowd and help cheer the group on. Kimmi looks for Jaeshar, but settles for Liliandil, and hugs her. Then, hugs the others in the group. A man, assumabley Mykra’s father, shakes everyone’s hand thanking them for the return of his son. He is one of the town’s butchers and offers free meat for as long as the group stays in the Hallow.
Kimmi says her mother, a seamstress in town, was also been invited to join the group for breakfast. The girl tells Liliandil that Thuldrin Kreed himself has commissioned her mother to make garments for all of them.
Magistrate Vamros Harg steps out of the Courthouse to greet the group. “Velcome my friends!” He boasts, only to be interrupted by the sounds of trumpets.
The crowd turns towards the noise and quiets. A group of men wearing the colors of the Lumbar Consortium walk into the square. They lead a man in his mid 50’s dressed in finner clothes into the Lower Market. It is Thuldrin Kreed himself.
Next to Thuldrin is a middle aged woman, wearing a blue dress and several pieces of jewelry. This must be his wife. Behind Thuldrin and his wife is Boss Payden. But the creature gaining the most attention is a huge 10 foot giant that walk behind the group of men. (Knowledge nature check) The creature rests a giant club with rusty spikes over his shoulder with one hand, while his other hand carries a giant burlap sack filled with something. The adventurers hear murmurs from the crowd that the creature is Edmor, one of Thuldrin’s bodyguards.
Kreed steps up onto the stage and raises his hands. The crowd remains silent, obviously fearful of the man. “Good morning friends! I am so happy to be here with you all this fine morning to celebrate the return of our children to Falcon’s Hallow. Not only was Jurin returned safe to me, but Kimmi Eavewalker, Mykra Jabbs, and Hollin Hebbradan were also brought home safely. And who do we have to thank for this? The daughter of Luna Aldred herself.” He opens his hands to Liliandil who smiles and gives a thankful wave to the crowd. The people begin to cheer and applaud again, only to be quieted a few seconds later when he continues. “We all have much to celebrate today. Not only have they returned out children, but they recovered the necessary ingredients to help those inflicted with the Black Scour Disease.” The crowd cheers again, then quiets. “We have suffered greatly over the past year. And the hardships that many of you have endured has not gone unnoticed. Therefore, in an effort to show our gratitude, the Lumbar Consortium will sponsor a Winter Carnival!” The crowd lets out a cheer of appreciation as Thuldrin exits the stage waving to the crowd. He, and his men, join the adventurers at the Courthouse.
“Come my friends… lets break bread together and discuss your adventure in private.” Thuldrin orders, failing to introduce his wife or even acknowledge Vamros Harg.
Inside, the hall has been fitted with several long tables made out of Darkwood. They are filled with freshly baked pastries, fruit and pitchers of wine. Several other guests are seated along one table. One of which is Kitani Eavewalker, Kimmi’s mother. She stands offering a smile as the guests enter.
Edmon, the giant, remains outside along with the other swordsmen, while Boss Payden, Thuldrin and his wife enter with the adventurers.