The group met up in The Drunken Goat Inn in the town of Antipatria. They were from all walks of life but shared a passion for adventure and decided at least temporarily that there was safety in numbers. In fact they were the largest and rowdiest group staying at the Inn. There was Pythian a Human Ranger on a personal mission to slay the Hobgoblin tribe who destroyed his homeland, Montoya Indigostone a Lightfoot Halfling Rogue of Noble birth, Klubb Willhammer a loud, rambunctious Mountain Dwarf from BloodSteel Tower who really, really want’s to hunt zombies, and Neros Rikkardas a pirate who went in-land to escape his past. In addition to these “Big Four” they hooked up with another party of three: Matretich, a Noble Paladin, A mysterious Girl with No Name dressed all in black, & Lorelei, a female warrior who traveled together. There was also Schlactor, a human Druid who didn’t say or do much. While everyone got to know each other and make a lot of commotion they drew the attention of Watto Steriotypicas and some of the other caravan merchants who begin to speak loudly of their troubles getting goods to the Village of Peach Grove to the south. The caravan route is washed away with swamp water making the trip treacherous, and what’s more, the caravans have been raided by both little Lizard Men and Man-Sized Frog Creatures. Klubb noticed them first and was about to offer their services when Montoya leaped from the table, leapfrogged over the Dwarf and began negotiations, figuring he was more the smooth talker. Watto however was a hook-nosed, gravely voiced, cockroach of a man and extreamly stingy. Watto was talking silver pieces and Montoya was talking gold pieces, and it got to the point where Watto was insulting the party with his low-ball offers and to compensate Montoya was getting ridiculous in his demands for the escort service. After much negotiation, and Pythian’s mediation, Montoya and Watto agree to terms. 8gp (1 each) Now and 8gp (1 each) when they reach Peach Grove.
SOCIAL ENCOUNTER REWARDS: 2XP for Montoya, 2XP for Pythian, 1XP for everyone else. Plus the contracted gold. 1 Inspiration for Montoya for bearing the brunt of negotiating with Watto and for playing up his Noble personality trait. Also Watto as a potential useful if not pleasant NPC contact.