Comic 14 - Head to the tavern

20th Apr 2018, 1:59 PM in Humble Beginnings at Humblestart
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Head to the tavern
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Morgenstern 20th Apr 2018, 1:59 PM edit delete
Morgenstern
You take a moment to cast Reinforce on your gear, and on Valley's. You have to touch each piece of armor and weaponry individually, and though casting it normally doesn't take much out of you... doing it on so many items does wear you down a bit. Each object gives a soft hum and a brief glow as you strengthen its durability.

You also think about acquiring more spells. Most spells are taught--there's a few enchantment schools scattered across the nation, and you were originally on your way west to find one. You also have a good grasp of the fundamentals of enchantment, and can weave together spells on your own. However, discovering new spells requires a certain... inspiration that you don't get very often. When it all falls into place, you'll suddenly understand how to cast a new enchantment spell.

You head to the local tavern. It's still the middle of the day, so not much is happening here--aside from the surly looking bartender, there's a young woman at the far end of the room slouched against the wall.

"What can I do for ya?," asks the tavernkeep.

You start up some small talk, but slyly mixed in between is the gentle suggestion that, for your service as guards, you and Valley should get a little something... extra. Y'know. Financially. Real subtle like.

"Fair," the bartender starts. "You all do a damn fine job o' keepin' this town--"

"OY!," the woman drunkenly yells from across the tavern. "Don't let them bullies strongarm ya, lad! Th' town pays 'em enough, y'don't owe 'em a coin!"

The bartender shakes his head. "Don't mind her, officers. She's been here for two days... slept outside the tavern 'til I opened back up. Does nothin' but drink cheap an' run her mouth."

"Yer beer is shite!," the woman shouts. "An' yer service is worse!"

The bartender yells back at her. "If my service was so bad, I'd've had your ass thrown outta here already! Shut it!"

"I'd like ta see ya try!," the woman returns, pointing a wobbly finger.

The bartender sighs and slides you 15g.

You now have 145g worth of money.

Comments:

Wolfe 20th Apr 2018, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
I suppose we should ask about rumors and/or work, maybe gossip about this panty thief. If we're looking to clear our name it might be wise to see if we can find out what the common folk have heard. If the bartender doesn't give us anything new on that front, maybe ask him about more shady types who might have that sort of info.
Twyll 20th Apr 2018, 4:45 PM edit delete reply
Well, that looks like a potential party member if I've ever seen one. Maybe we should chat her up and see what her story is. Try to be very good-cop about it, though; don't want her thinking we're trying to threaten her or something.
Tech 20th Apr 2018, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
Chat up the drunkard.
Steve 21st Apr 2018, 2:12 AM edit delete reply
Ask the bartender what the drunks problem is and if there's anything he'd like us to do to help.