While the adventurers were in Red Lagoon they observed that Todd McWert going into the Blink Sloth Pub. Wanting to question the young man they followed him. It turned out that Todd had an appointment with the waitress Elaine. Curious Worm snuck up the room the couple entered and listened in. What was thought to be a romantic endeavor was really a music lesson.
Todd was approached by the party afterwards and they invited him for a drink. They explained to the young man their concerns which was met with mutual understanding. The man told them that his father wanted to start a tobacco farm in Gadarn however the officials have not been so kind to him and have disapproved of his acquisition of a permit. Todd admitted that his dream was to go to Opaline’s School for the Artistically Gifted, but since he was the oldest son in the family it looked like that would not happen. Jane, his sister, would not be a proper person to pass the business to because of her airheadedness.
After thanking Todd the party decided that their next stop should be Vox, Gadarn to see what the hold up was with that farming permit. The journey was very uneventful. When they arrived in Vox the first thing the group set out to do is to find an inn. Luckily there was one close by Willow Fyre Inn, which was to have excellent bathing facilities that Oswald was in dire in off.
Inside the busy establishment was Michael Fyre the halfing owner and running around serving drinks was his very pregnant, extremely grumpy daughter Cindy, who yelled at individual party members. While resting Neblin at the fire, Zaratash drinking, Worm and Oswald making friends with a pair of orc mercenaries Rock and Gertrude, and Rey drinking at the bar after trying to be nice to Cindy. A middle aged woman strolled into the bar with pupil-less eyes, but she seemed to know where she was going. She introduced herself as Lia Shiner, an oracle by profession. Worm and Oswalk asked if they could have their fortune read and she was more than happy to provide. When the bones were rolled they stayed on their sides, which Lia commented has never ever happened before.
It was at this time when Zaratash became to take notice to a small group at a near by table. He became slightly alarmed when one of the people’s eyes began to change color with her mood. The woman was an Inspired One and to make matters worse she was looking for him. A few moments later Lia asked the group to go upstairs. If they had to escape she and her mercenaries would make sure they got out. Unfortunately the Inspired One had already had reinforcements, hobgoblins, outside waiting for them.
A huge battle took place in the inn and they won with no loses. The Inspired One was blown up by Rey and her companions were taken to the basement for questioning. They learned from a letter that Zaratash’s uncle had found something and now him and Zaratash were now in danger by a person named Secora. Lia gave the party a ring with a owl eating a snake and told them if they saw this symbol again the bearers can be trusted. She left the inn with Rock and Gertrude in tow.
In the morning the party headed to the Gnomical Hall of Records. They met with Gear Nettlebottom who informed the party that the reason for permit denial was that the water source that Mr. McWert wanted to use was in violation of several codes. If the plantation owner wanted to relocate the source it would cost him a couple hundred gold pieces to do so. The group decided to pay the cost, get the permit, and there fore everyone’s problems would be finally solved!