Miklos was relieved to see his new companion return from his exploration around the hovel. “Well, friend Nicolai, I haven’t seen him come out his way. Have you? Whats the plan?”
“Miklos, there appears to be no other way out than through that one door. One of us should definitely stay and watch, whilst the other goes back and meets the others. I would suggest that we arrange to meet back at the inn we’ve been lodging at for the last two nights, as waiting here may take some time. Now, do you want to wait here, or should I?”
“You are more suited to this. I arranged to meet the others at the Gargoyle. Look after yourself, I will try to find the others and bring them here.”
The two quickly agree that this is the best course and so Miklos left Nicolai, taking a path as far from the rabble rousers as possible.
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“Not that it should be too hard to find, but did Theoseus happen to mention which wharf the Jade Sea was docked at? Or what the package contained, how big it is?” Saeth tried sound as casual as she could about the question, and to that end didn’t ask who would want whatever-it-was. She hoped that knowledge of the contents would lend a hint.
“Well,” the barkeep replied, “the harbormaster should be able to direct you to the boat. Sorry, he didn’t give me any details about the package.”
Feldard nodded to the barkeep and questioned the man a bit more as to where the Senator would reside, and he was provided with general directions.
Saeth scanned the interior, seeking Mikos’ young face. Failing to find it, she bought herself a mug and sought a suitable place to sit. Feldard joined her and ordered an ale of his own as he wondered to himself what the package might be.
As Feldard quaffed down his ale, he considered delivering the package without their party’s full compliment. Bah, they were only down the mage.. and well.. the sneaky fellow Nicolai too, but then he hadn’t been kept on retainer as they were. He stroked his beard as he thought; soon enough he’d finished his ale and regarded his two companions.
“We shouldn’t wait overlong for the others. We could use the distraction of the riot and looting to possibly avoid undue attention from those who might want what we are delivering. What say you two?”
Odds were it would be a while before the other two made it back here, perhaps even nightfall. Far better to be out doing heroic deeds–the elf didn’t pause to think about how heroic serving as a postman was–than to waste away in some grungy bar like some two-bit old soldier. Besides, she was more than a little curious what was inside.
The elf-woman drained her mug. “The sooner we get started, the sooner we finish.” She reached for her sword.
“I agree.” Maruc said also draining his pint of water, “I can’t abide wasting time.” He wrote a brief note of Miklos and Nicolai detailing where they were going and what they were doing, and to follow when they could. With that he picked up his stuff and followed the others.
As the group made their way to the exit, they ran into the familiar face of Miklos as he fortuitously arrived at the tavern just as they were leaving.