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    The Long Arm of Lauto 1: Algarezh Hoofchew

    The third door on the right is labelled "Laicos - Collections", and a raspy voice responds "Enter," at your knock. Inside is a small room lined with shelves holding identical books bound in black leather and labelled in neat, tiny script. The balding man who placed the notice outside looks up from his desk as you come in. He wipes his pen, carefully blots his current book, and sets it atop a neat stack on one corner of his desk before standing. There is nowhere to sit in the room.

    "Come in. You're here about Hoofchew? Good."

    When everyone has crowded into the room, he continues briskly. "You lot know that the servants of Lauto sometimes extend credit to those who pass to our Master in the belief that they have not completed their life's work or some such nonsense. Lauto is a benevolent god, and offers terms that we feel are quite generous, given the alternative. Still, every so often some idiot thinks he can get out of paying. Normally, that's not a problem, since we employ some very good professional collectors. However, the agent we sent to discuss matters with Algarezh Hoofchew has not returned. He left over a month ago, and now our divinations reveal that he has gone to serve our master more directly. In short, there is good reason to believe that Hoofchew killed him rather than paying.

    "The Temple employs... specialists... for situations like this as well, but at the moment they are unavailable, for reasons which I won't discuss, so don't ask. This is where you come in. I want you to bring me Algarezh Hoofchew's head. Whether it is still attached to his body or not is relatively unimportant.

    "Hoofchew is an orc. He fancies himself a shaman of some kind, and he has a bit of a following among the kind of orcs who go in for that sort of thing. He'll probably have bodyguards. Our divinations report that he has been seen recently in the area of Overgrowth.

    "Any questions?"


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    Les strides into the room with the others and looks around. Those must be the collection books. The temple has such organized records of everything...I hope to never get my name in those. The speech Laicos gives them draws a brief frown from Les. So he's a magician and likely to be protected by others...I wonder how many? Would Laicos know? It would be beneficial to ask. At least we don't have to worry about bringing him back alive. Les looks over at Raiyek, wondering what thoughts cross his mind. Then she glances to Cross and Vashik. Vashik will likely have no problem with killing the man. What are the other two thinking now? Wait, where is Overgrowth? I'll let someone else ask that...perhaps it will spur a memory.

    "Bodyguards? Any ideas on how many we can be expecting?"
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    Merenwen had slipped silently into the room, standing slightly behind the others. So their combatant was a magician, likely with body gaurds as well. Well if the priest didn't mind how he came back then perhaps it would be more simple to just shoot the villain dead. Though no doubt the gaurds would be alert for assasinations. "Overgrowth? what are the details you can give me of that area... The layout, cover, other life and citizens. The more detailed the better?" The wild elf paused and looked at the priest of Lauto for more information.


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    I'll bring him to you kicking and screaming or in pieces. When do we leave?

    Vashik looks around at his companions inquisitively.

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    I see, it's that kind of collection. While I normally wouldn't, this Hoofchew is a murderer as well, it seems. And if he has followers as the priest suggests, he also shouldn't have trouble raising the money needed for his debt. This orc killed to escape a legitimate debt? Very well, if that's how it's going to be, that's how it will be.

    Another dark look crosses Raiyek's face, but this time it isn't one of doubt. He looks ... angry. He gives a deep bow, then returns to his ramrod-straight military posture. "Raiyek Meliam, paladin of Palladys, at your service, Master Laicos. We will bring back this Hoofchew one way or another." He turns with a determined look on his face to nod at Les and Vashik, noticing Merenwen in the process. Suspicious thoughts once again flit through his head as he nods at the other elf as well before turning back to face Laicos again.

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    "I have heard that your god is generous to those who fill his coffers with souls" Cross muses aloud, "and I can't help wondering what additional gratitude we will recieve for the extra souls Lauto will recieve as we cull Hoofchew's followers.

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    I predict that his coffers will be well-filled, even before Hoofchew's head crosses the temple's threshold."
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    Brother Laicos's smile is dry and slightly amused. "A common misconception. The Lord of the Dead has no need to pay for extra souls. All souls will be his, in time, and he is most patient.

    "As for Overgrowth, it is an area near the edge of Daunton. I gather it used to be quite affluent, but now it is a maze of ruined buildings and lawless alleys. An excellent hiding place for criminals. You will earn your reward, should you survive to claim it.

    "The number of Hoofchew's followers is not known to me. They are, to put it bluntly, your problem, not mine."


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    "Patient, but displeased with unpaid debts, I take it?" notes Raiyek, raising an eyebrow.

    "No matter. Would the temple have any significant or useful contacts in the area that we might make use of? I realize that whether or not our souls join that of your collector is not a concern to you, but any assistance would no doubt help us collect on Hoofchew's debt."

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    Larinza strides in now wearing her armor, carrying a shield and a large sword.


    "Hello, I'm always happy to be in service of the Gods, Perhaps if I complete this service then maybe the priests of the temple might be able to answer a question dear to my heart."


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