the magical equivalent to the number zero
It is one of the last warm days of summer when Baron Wildhurst summons you to his table for an evening's dinner. Upon arriving at the palace, each of you is dourly greeted by Jonah, the baron's man-at-arms, who leads you to the feast hall before returning to the gate to await the next arrival.
One by one, the long table fills with guests. Apart from you, a simply dressed villager is also seated at the table, although he appears timid and somewhat impressed.
After each of you has arrived, the baron enters the room and takes his seat at the head of the table. Baron Wildhurst, a tall man clothed fashionable but comfortable and sporting a generous moustache, raises his glass of wine in your direction.
"A sincere welcome, my friends, to Wildhurst Palace. I am pleased my invitations were received by everyone, and that you are gathered here now. As you may know, I require your assistance with an important, dare I say vital matter. But come, let us eat first!"
With that, a servant enters carrying various dishes of local and exotic food, placing them on the long table for everyone to take their fill.
You were surprised, but also intrigued, when Jonah approached you. Having encountered the surly man working for Baron Wildhurst several times, occassionally on different sides, Jonah has always treated you with respect.
Not wasting time on pleasantries, Jonah rumbled "The baron wants to see you," handed you the invitation, and was on his way again.
You knew that one day, the baron of Wildhurst would ask something in return for financing your studies, other than the odd bit of advice or desciphering a coded message. That day had come.
The calm silence you had gotten used to was disturbed when a man, clad in leather armor and wearing a sour expression, came knocking at the door of your study. Introducing himself as Jonah, you vaguely remembered him as one of the baron's people. He carried a piece of paper, which you recognised as a formal invitation.
In a clearly rehearsed voice, Jonah intoned, "Baron Wildhurst requests your presence, Traubon Dankil. The baron hopes your work fares well and looks forward to dining together."
When you did not take the invitation straight away, Jonah hesitated for a moment before placing it on an empty bit of table, and walking out the door.
When you were summoned by your superiors, you found a visitor before them. Not speaking, the surly looking man looked you up and down like a fellow warrior. Apparently he was pleased, because he nodded to you and the other Helmites, and left.
You were then instructed to find your way to Wildhurst Palace, to be briefed by the baron about a mission.
"Just the scoundrel I was looking for."
After your first instinct to run away without looking back, you realized the voice didn't belong to anyone from the Guild. In fact, you recognized it as Jonah's, man-at-arms for Baron Wildhurst, and when you slowly turned around your suspicions were confirmed. The man who never smiled looked down at you, arms crossed in front of him.
"Figured you could use a job. Make an honest livin' for once."
Handing you a fancy invitation that was very out of place in this shabby tavern, you knew it has to be from the baron himself.
"Don't be late," Jonah added before walking out.
[sblock=Thadius Riegn Westbrook the Third]
You knew the baron had been surprised when you showed up at his doorstep unannounced, but the pleasantness of his smile betrayed no hint of it.
"Wonderful to see you again, Thadius!" the baron had exclaimed even before his servant had finished introducing you. "It's been too long. How fares your family?"
True to his reputation as a cunning but hospitable nobleman, Joaquim Wildhurst seized the initiative right away.
"I insist you dine with me tonight. Shall I have my people take your things to the guest chambers?"
You talked with the baron for a while, catching up, before he excused himself. He had some business to attend to, but you were free to wander the palace grounds or even the countryside before dinner. [/sblock]
OOC: Feel free to introduce your character in-game, perhaps elaborate on being invited, and have some fun roleplaying!
(player - PC/link to RG - passive perception - armor class - hitpoints)
TallIan: Gorir 13, AC18, 11/11
eayres33: Traubon 12, AC16, 9/9
KahlessNestor: Magdalena 11, AC16, 12/12
Azurewraith: James 16, AC15, 8/8
EarlyBird: Thadius 10, AC15, 14/14