Trouble at Cobb's Rest.   Posted by The Shadow.Group: 0
The Shadow
 GM, 575 posts
Sun 19 Sep 2010
at 18:06
Trouble at Cobb's Rest
On Freyasdae the 31st of Halig Monath you find yourselves at the Standing Stone Tavern, where Harald Druther has reserved a small inglenook just off the common room for your meeting. The warmth of the banked embers drives some of the winter chill from your bones as you weight up your prospective employer. Druther is middle-aged, with a salt and pepper beard and intelligent eyes, well-dressed but not to the point of ostentation. After introductions have been made, he wastes little time in getting to the point.

"There is a small settlement around four days march up into the mountains name of Cobb's Rest. It's an isolated spot, and not much to recommend it - save for a small silver mine. The lode is almost dry, but it yields enough ore to fill a cart every fortnight. I have an arrangement with the headman to buy all that they can dig out, and each Syfsdae I send a couple of my lads with a wagon to pick up the ore and bring it back to for Ulrikham smelting. The lads are three days overdue, and to be frank I think something has happened to them. I want you to head out to Cobb's Rest and find out what's what. I'll pay you 200 florins if you can recover the ore, and half that for news of what's become of it and my men. Don't bother with haggling, that's my best offer and it's a fair one. Now I'm a busy man with little time to waste so I'll ask you straight - are you interested in the job?"
Einar Tamberskelf
 player, 13 posts
 Mercanian Barbarian
 An ugly brute of a man
Sun 19 Sep 2010
at 20:26
Re: Trouble at Cobb's Rest
Einar reaches his right hand out to Druther in acceptence.

"Yah, I do this!  Ven do vee leave?"
Pierdan
 player, 12 posts
Sun 19 Sep 2010
at 23:12
Re: Trouble at Cobb's Rest
Pierdan, once presentations were made, had been mostly leaning against the wall, idly listening as their would-be employer gave his rather short and straight story. The man made it sound like an easy job with a good pay, and Pierdan had to admit two hundred sounded pretty nice, even split between all of them, especially if they could nab that bonus.
He couldn't quite hide a smirk at his companion's eager acceptance.

"Four day trip, three days late... Can hardly be a broken cart wheel, can it?"

He spoke casually, in a pleasant tone, which was his usual way to tell his companions that he was inclined to accept.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:43, Mon 20 Sept 2010.

Soleajk the Hand
 player, 8 posts
Mon 20 Sep 2010
at 05:42
Re: Trouble at Cobb's Rest
Soleajk looks up at Druther and nods in acquiescence. The job seems simple enough, though he knew things are never so simple in actual fact.

He leans forward in his chair, placing his elbows on the table, fingers clasped together loosely, thumbs twiddling, "Recover your ore. And failing that any news of what happened. Everything else we find belongs to us." It was not so much a question as merely a statement that he wanted Druther to confirm.

Pursing his lips, he continues, "Is there someone we can speak to at Cobb's Rest? Perhaps one of your miners? And how's your relationship with the villagers? Should we expect some unfriendliness, even hostility?"
Ceald
 player, 5 posts
Mon 20 Sep 2010
at 11:03
Re: Trouble at Cobb's Rest
Leaned against the back of his chair, Ceald ponders the words spoken by Druther and Pierdan, and raises his brow at the question of Soleajk. Still silent, he waits for the answer.
Owyn ap Glwyr
 player, 7 posts
 A Handsome Thane
 from Dun Mord
Mon 20 Sep 2010
at 12:29
Re: Trouble at Cobb's Rest
Owyn nods slowly at Druther's words.  "Aye, right enough and it is our sort of work.  As Pierdan there says, cannat be too easy.  We get half o' that siller now, like?"
The Shadow
 GM, 577 posts
Tue 21 Sep 2010
at 18:38
Re: Trouble at Cobb's Rest
Druther gives a thin smile at Einar's enthusiasm, then considers Soleajk's question for a moment. "Whatever you find is yours? Aye, though I can't imagine what you expect to gain outside of my silver. This is a hard land, and the Thane does not take kindly to pillaging. As for the villagers, I have no quarrel with them. My prices are fair, and there are other merchants they can deal with if they think they can get a better price for their labours. Otgar Oresson is their headman, best you speak to him first. And as I said" he continues, glancing at Owyn "you get half the silver for news of what happened and the full two hundred if you get my ore back. Now, I have a map for you here. If you leave before midday you should be able to reach Whitsholme before nightfall, but from then on you'll be sleeping under the stars, so make sure you bring stout winter gear. It can get mighty cold this time of year and my old bones tell me we might be having a spell of snow any day now"
Pierdan
 player, 14 posts
Tue 21 Sep 2010
at 19:41
Re: Trouble at Cobb's Rest
The young adventurer from Ereworn nods as he hear Druther's answers, and offers an amused friendly smile.
"I believe what my friend meant about keeping what we find is, if there's real trouble over there, it might be from bandits or the like. No one cares about a bandit's 'belongings', right? Either way, you're right. I'd love to reach the next village before night and sleep in a bed tonight. Always nice."

This message was last edited by the player at 21:42, Tue 21 Sept 2010.

Soleajk the Hand
 player, 11 posts
Tue 21 Sep 2010
at 21:30
Re: Trouble at Cobb's Rest
"Fair enough." nods Soleajk, "Let's be on our way then." So saying, he shoulders his packs and picks up his meager belongings, ready to leave when the party is ready too.
Ceald
 player, 7 posts
Wed 22 Sep 2010
at 05:10
Re: Trouble at Cobb's Rest
"I will go. If these people are in need, we will help them." Ceald says while looking at Druther intently. He then stands up to go gather his equipment and follow the others.
Einar Tamberskelf
 player, 18 posts
 Mercanian Barbarian
 An ugly brute of a man
Wed 22 Sep 2010
at 07:47
Re: Trouble at Cobb's Rest
Einar is well accustomed to the cold, and knows how quickly it can stop an expedition dead.  He must find a fur trader and buy some furs with the rest of his silver.  We would need to line his boots, gambeson, and helm.  Covering any exposed skin with goose fat would be useful too.
Owyn ap Glwyr
 player, 8 posts
 A Handsome Thane
 from Dun Mord
Wed 22 Sep 2010
at 19:42
Re: Trouble at Cobb's Rest
Owyn nods and follows the rest.  He is well used to the cold, having spent many a night as a young man exposed on a mountain's shoulder watching cattle, but even so he will suggest a brief detour past a stall where one might buy some pelts or skins for a few florins.