The party sets off from Larkland Manor, home of Lord Tristram Razicecezodi and his wizard wife Sabra.
Lady Sabra provides the party with two scrolls of Identify and miscellaneous traveling supplies. (OC: These are intended to cover those “oh shoot, I meant to pack X” moments that come up while adventuring. Like Bilbo and his pocket-handkerchiefs.)
They travel north for a day, and wind up in a small unnamed town for the night. (“What’s the name of the town?” “….Shit.”)
Two inns are available: a Common inn, the Drunken Platypus, and a Middle-Class inn, the Velvet Glove. Eliro tries to convince Naiem† that she will be more comfortable in the richer spot, but to no avail.
† Fun fact: I originally wrote her character’s name as Naiern but due to a kerning error she read it as Naiem, and liked that pronunciation better, so here we are!
The atmosphere is generally grouchy; a young man is playing an out-of-tune guitar badly. Geillis (pronounced like “guileless”) walks up to the owner and offers to play her harp; the owner (Maria) is very glad of this, and yells “Jeremy! Get down from there and go muck out the stables!” The origin of the town’s name (“….Shit”) is further speculated upon.
Geillis’s performance is wildly successful, and she earns lots of tips. The barmaid (the inn’s third employee) shyly brings her a silken handkerchief that a patron had left some months prior. “I saved it because it was so beautiful, and your song was so beautiful, so….here.”
Meanwhile, Adanac is running three-card monty in the corner with Ansaethos looking on, but he doesn’t cheat anybody; a very modest profit is had.
Eliro, Naiem, and Eglath sit at a table together and enjoy the music; Eglath’s uncomfortable position in human-sized chairs means that he doesn’t notice that an urchin has robbed him of one GP. (The thief was likely just a thrill-seeker, rather than a bona fide robber, and probably picked him because he was so big and intimidating.)
Rooms are obtained. Eliro pays for Naiem to have her own room, with Ansaethos as a chaperone. Geillis and Adanac share a bed (there is plenty of distance between them, due to relative sizes and disinclination!), and Eliro sleeps on the floor; Eglath chooses to sleep outside in the fine September weather, so that he can watch the stars. During the night, Naiem wakes in her room and finds that Ansaethos is sleeping sitting up in a corner. Naiem quietly leaves the bed and sits next to Ansaethos, spreading a wing over her to keep her from getting cold.