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    Default Chapter 8.7: The Plan

    OOC: If we don't have the other activities wrapped up soon, I'll close them regardless and advance to this one.


    On the fifth day after agreeing to the scouting, a page finds the Sentinels are summoned to the Balanced Scale guild. Hrothgar is familiar with it, but is disappointed again as Vellona isn’t at the front desk. The group checks their weapons at the door, with ten Golden Gauntlet members there to guard them. One of the Golden Gauntlet men salutes the Sentinels, which shocks pretty much everyone, including the Sentinels and some of the other mercenary members.

    The group is led back to a banquet area. A lavish meal of duck, leg of lamb, some uncooked fish rolled in rice, various puddings, several unusual fruits shaped like stars, various breads, and a selection of several soups. The Miser is dressed less formally and greets each of them warmly as they enter the room. Also in the room is Galmund, the dwarf from the Golden Gauntlet, a short comely red robed wizard named Regan, and a rather small halfling named Clas. Without stating it openly, you get the opinion that these two additions to the room were the scouts sent to the fort to obtain information.

    As the group is seated, The Miser asks that all business questions be held until after the meal, so that the wait staff are not part of the business discussions. As food is served, casual conversation is made, and The Miser asks how the group is enjoying their stay in Xanthar so far.
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    "It has been entertaining thus far, good food, women and pit-fighting, although I confess I expected to fight against Warriors .... not puddings" Hrothgar states with wry amusement.
    Corn can’t expect justice from a court composed of chickens.

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    Kalthanar takes a bite of the duck, "It has been pleasant. There are many pastimes here that are not available in Alliance."

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    Rian enjoyed the food. "It was productive to be in a trade city and make the necessary purchases to upgrade my armor. I look forward to a productive meeting."

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    As the group finishes their meal, the wait staff cleans things up and delivers a tray containing an assortment of small pastries of varied flavors for the group. With their work completed, they leave the group to their dessert and lock the door behind them.

    The Miser says, "Now down to business." He looks at Clas who clears his throat and doesn't touch his dessert.

    After a few seconds he says, "Three of us took the very generous offer to scout the fort. Regan, myself, and a third scout named Terious. The fort itself is probably 300 feet square and has a log wall around it, which is generally about 6-8 feet tall. The construction is not stellar, being little more than fallen trees. It is crude, but effective. To make the fort, the surrounding woods have been fairly leveled. To the north is the closest wooded area, which is around 200 foot of open space to the wall. Most other directions, it's around 300 feet of open space to the wall."

    He continues, "At the 4 corners of the fort, there are lookout towers built, which are of much better construction than the wall. Orcs and bugbears, who are generally not friendly to each other, seem to have set aside their differences to unite under one banner, a spiked, flaming fist. The 4 towers generally have at least 2 occupants, typically orcs in them. During the day, at least 8 ogres do most of the grunt work clearing the woods. They generally build large bonfires at night to light up the area pretty good. The inside of the fort is pretty well lit, while the outside is less so."

    He pauses and says, "There are at least 4 major structures inside the fort. One looks to be an ogre base given it's size and what we can see over the wall. It is more on the northern side. One building is in the center and appears to be a temple of some sort. The other two are harder to see but are towards the southwest and southeast. There are other smaller structures inside, but we can't see much over the wall."

    He says, "There is a large wooden door that is open through the day but mostly closed at night on both the east and west sides of the wall. We opted to try to gain some insight inside the fort, and Terious opted to enter the fort before the gates closed one evening under Regan's invisibility spell." He pauses and adds, "Shortly after he would have entered the fort, Regan said that her spell had ended because Terious had been killed. We retreated quickly as horns started blaring and patrols were sent out."

    He finishes, "Terious was a good scout and invisible. I don't know what happened to him, but... I speculate either someone there has the ability to see something invisible or there was some trap that caught him. Either way, our best guess right now is probably 8 or so ogres, maybe 15-20 orcs, and a dozen bugbears."

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    Default Chapter 8.7: The Plan

    Most of The Miser’s jovial nature fades as he talks business. His voice is pure business when he replies, “The Balanced Scales have obligations to return what we can salvage to their rightful owners, mostly of which are based in Xanthar. Accepting less than half of what was stolen from the merchants will not go over well. You will likely encounter difficulties selling your wares back to the original owners if they feel that they aren’t compensated. Of course you could move the wares elsewhere, say to Alliance, and sell them, if you wish to buy wagons, horses, and so forth. What I am offering is a proposal that reimburses those that have lost goods fairly, and giving you far more than would be typical for reclaiming stolen items for assuming the great risk. In the long run, the business stake could be very profitable.”

    He shrugs and says, “If you wish to transport your wares elsewhere to sell them and forgo the future business opportunity that the stronghold represents here, I would raise the share of what you find to 50 percent, and reduce my guilds cut to 35 percent. In the long run, the Balanced Scales will recover from the loss we take to compensate those that have lost.”

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    "There you have it Vortigern," states Kalthanar. "And as I recall you want to move with all haste after the battle to our next objective which will leave us little time to sell trade goods."

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    Vort seemed perplexed as he looked at Kal, maybe it was the wine. "There you have it? for 15% more, we have to sell our own share of goods and get no stake in the business, Fort Whatchamacallit. How is that a deal?"

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    Kalthanar replies to Vortigern, "Then what deal do you want? What remuneration do you require?"

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