Upper Hand

Sathington Willoughby
Repaying a Debt

Stuart was very happy that you removed all the undead from the catacombs. He offers to heal any remaining wounds your group has. You take the vial of slime back to the Upper Hand. Reshoon had not yet returned from their adventure that evening, but in the morning you see Ian.

Ian is pleased on how you handled the bee situation and further impressed that you were able to help Stuart out. He promises to take the vial to Reshoon and get him started on investigating what caused this.

That evening the entire company is around for a large meal. Glen has made a large honeyed ham using the honey you’ve secured from the bee’s cave. The mead has been brewed but it’ll be several months before it is ready to tap. It is a fine feast and Ian and company make you feel at home. They ask for you to retell your adventures over the past week and listen as you relate it.

As the evening winds down, Ian makes a final toast to your party and then asks for you to remain a bit to talk about you next job.

“Our friend Duke Willoughby has gotten himself into a bit of trouble. He came to town to negotiate some trade agreements for the coming harvest, while here he lost a large sum of money playing cards and cannot afford to pay his escorts to take him back to his estates. Apparently this isn’t the first time he has shorted these guards, and they have left him. We owe the Duke a favor and so we agreed that we’d send him home with an escort. Since he cannot pay you, and he is essentially cashing in on a favor he owes us, I’ll be paying you to take him home. It should be an easy job, and on horseback it’ll take you a few days to reach his estates in Bremen. It is a small farming community just southwest of the city. The Duke is a bit paranoid and is convinced that someone is out to get him, while I don’t believe anything of the sort, he definitely could be at risk by himself from banditry. But with a group of armed escorts I doubt anyone will bother you. When you return I’ll pay you each 100g, for such a simple task this is more than fair.”

“Speaking of horses, I have gone to the liberty of getting each of you a mount for the journey, in fact, consider these mounts a gift from me. They’ll be stabled around back and are yours to use whenever you need them. Except for you my gnomish friend, for you we have acquired a well trained riding dog.”

“The mounts will be delivered to the stables in the morning, take some time if you can to get to know them before you have to take them out for your journey. The Duke is still in town for another two nights, so if you think you’ll need any provisions between now and then make use of your free time to get what you need. The gang should be around over the next several days resting in case you need us for anything. Good night and sleep well.”

-meta info-

So you have some new horses (and a dog). They will come with saddles, saddle bags, bit and bridle. Whenever you leave town with the animals, assume you are able to take a weeks worth of feed as well. Feel free to name them and describe what they look like. If you want to do any other shopping over the next two days please do so before we begin in the next session. Also if you want to do any other things over the next few days let me know ahead of time as well.

Riding Dog info: http://www.d20pfsrd.com/equipment—-final/goods-and-services/animals-animal-gear#TOC-Dog

Light combat trained horse info: http://www.d20pfsrd.com/equipment—-final/goods-and-services/animals-animal-gear#TOC-Horse-or-Pony

Your mounts know the tricks attack, come, defend, down, guard, heel and stay. Commanding your mount to do any of these tasks is a DC 10 Handle Animal check and can be done untrained. In combat you’ll have to roll to do these tasks, otherwise you can assume they will obey you.

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Zombies in my basement!

After four days of rest, Ian and his group still have not returned from their outing. You have had time to get to know the rest of the regulars at the Upper Hand.

Master Gil is an overly polite and reserved man. He looks to have had a sophisticated upbringing. He is often found doing some bookkeeping, directing other workers, or playing checkers with Jin.

Jin is friendly with everyone, except for Mitharen. If he is around, she will avoid being in the same room, or at least get far away and eye him with a scowl. Most of her time she is out running errands for Master Gil.

Moe, Stuart and Mogg are often found at the bar talking and laughing. Mogg will spend his evenings outside of the inn keeping a watch on things and Moe cooks food and tends bar. Stuart goes back to his temple at night and returns around midday each day.

On the fifth day, Stuart comes in looking distraught. He finds Master Gil and ushers him into a room upstairs and talks to him excitedly. After a few minutes Gil calls you all into the common room downstairs.

“It seems that Stuart has somewhat of a problem on his hands, I’ll let him explain.”

Stuart steps forward.

“This morning I went down to the chapel catacombs to add oil to the torches and say the daily prayers when I discovered that the entire place is crawling with undead! I got out and barred the door as soon as I could. The head priest is out of town and it is just me and one other acolyte.I don’t know what happened, but I need your help to clear them out. Gil said that he’d send you to help me.”

Gil steps in “Stuart is authorized to pay you 1500g to help with this matter. Please clear his cellar of undead and see if you can find any clues as to why this happened.”

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Covered in Bees!
Chapter 1

For one reason or another you have all ended up here, employed by me: Ian Fletcher. Now, I picked you because you all had something that seemed valuable, but that doesn’t mean that you’re in yet. I have a job for the lot of you and if you can manage to not screw it up then you’ll find yourselves comfortably employed by our growing adventuring guild, The Upper Hand.

Some things to know; while under our employment I expect you to not piss off the locals. We have a pretty respectable business here and since you are now representing us you need to stay out of trouble. I’m not saying that you need to be model citizens, and gods know that you’ll likely need to bend a law or two out there, but for Torag’s sake don’t get caught doing it. We will not pull your ass out of the fire should you find yourself on the wrong side of the law.

With that out of the way, I’ll let you know why you’d want to work for us. As you can see we are renovating this inn to suit out needs. This will be out base of operations in this city. So long as you are in the city you will have a room to stay in and regular meals. Many jobs though will take you away from town and costs for travel are not covered. Though your compensation will be generous. Also, while here you can take advantage of the alchemist we employ and the healer. the healer will fix you up free of charge, so long as he doesn’t need any special spell components to do his magic. The alchemist will craft anything he is capable of making, provided you supply him with the raw materials.

As soon as we are able we will be hiring a brewmaster to help liven this place up a bit. As well as someone to do the house cleaning and maybe another person or two to help keep this place running. Since me and my team may also be out adventuring, you can always report to Master Gil. He will handle the bookkeeping and will know of what jobs there need doing.

Your first task is simple: The local herbalist Jenna is having trouble with giant bees. She needs people to help get rid of the beasts. This seems like something you are capable of. Since you’re not quite hired yet, consider this your interview. Fix her problem and you’re hired. If you can’t, don’t come back.

Oh, and by the way, if while investigating this problem you should run into the hive of the bees, try to bring back their honey. I will pay well for giant bee honey. I’m sure our new brewmaster could make a fine mead out of it.

Oh, and another thing. The alchemist Reshoon wanted you to bring back some bees, you may want to talk to him about it. I think he is willing to pay for them, ask him for the details.

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