King’s Road, Somewhere between Elgin and Winterhaven
During the glory of the empire, the King’s Road provided quick, safe travel for merchants and nobles. Maximus Roundbottom rests on a rock along side the road, chewing a piece of stale bread and looking to the west.
Left foot. Right foot. Left foot. Right foot. Left foot. Right foot. If I weren’t believin I could pocket a shiny bit or two out of that musty keep, I’d be tellin that scrawny paperpusher exactly where he could put his 42 pieces of gold.
I have to tell ya something else too, this dragon be needin a mint!
The Three Arrows, Elgin
Elgin’s single inn has all the grace in design of a pile of boxes, sprawling east and west and towering up in unsteady heaps to accommodate travelers. A one-eyed bard sits on an unsteady stool by the hearth, quietly strumming a small harp. Haggard yet busty woman circle the large common area on the first floor. Parle Cranewing is a fussy man of diminutive statue. A number of yellowing books and papers are spread out before him. He discourages patrons from sitting at his table unless they have business with him, lest they drip ale on his documents.
I have interest in an old keep outside the town of Winterhaven, far to the west through Gardbury Downs. This keep is a remnant from the time of the great Nerath Empire. He squints down at the papers before him. You see, I have reason to think this particular keep has some significance. I would travel to Winterhaven myself but I have far too much work to do. That is why I am searching for persons to travel in my stead. A complete map is worth…250 gold. Interested?