Ah Thrane, who doesn’t like a beautiful nation such as this… Well there is the oppressive atmosphere caused by theocratic government. The adventurers travels were temporarily interrupted with the celebration of the Mass of Silver Fire ,of course, performed in Draconic tongue. It wasn’t the only time people stopped, to meditate and reflect on the power and glory of the Silver Flame. What was supposed to be a shorter journey took at least times long.
Thrane was a beautiful city with its white spires with silvery carved artwork. the adventurers vehicles slowed to a halt as they stopped in front of a large house painted white enclosed by black iron fence. It looked more like a simple residence in the Cobblestone District.
A man outside dressed in simple leathers and a giant battle axe guarded the front door. Beside him was a burly half-orc dressed similarly, but along with his armor he wore tribal jewelry. Someone deduced that he was from the Shadow Wastes. The human knocked on the door, calling someone inside. The guard them the newly arrived adventurers to wait in the common room.
During this time they introduced themselves to each other. There was Neblin, the gnome who has two dogs and a large owl with him. He had traveled with Wyrm on the lightning rail. He was quite exciting every now and then saying things about antiquities. Wyrm the goblin just kept on eating cakes that were to him by a hooded figure. There was also a handsome human in leather armor just glancing here and there, who called himself Zaratash.
A few moments later a man dressed in leather armor without his gaunlets entered the room. “I am Daric d’Veldarran, dragonmarked heir to House Tharashk as a few of you may know. Welcome to Flamekeep, lovely city isn’t it? ” Daric sighed, “I had my mornings interrupted by Draconic chanting..LOUDLY…to the Silver flame. Bah, but come in, I have lunch ready. I hope you enjoy roast chicken.”
“Live chicken?” Wyrm asked.
“No my friend, already roast,” Daric led them into a decently furnished dining hall with plates and utensils already set.
“I would’ve rather be meeting in Aundair, but I have business here that must be taken care of," Daric said as he nibbled on his chicken breast."
“So you said you wanted to talk business,” The hooded figure stated.
“Of course,” Daric said and placed his fork down, “I have a task for you. You have all heard of Pondera? The once impenetrable “lands”. As you know business expansion tends to be a very good thing. There is a banana plantation owner named Eric McWert in Red Lagoon, Thames. Recenlty his workers discovered some caves with very unusual minerals.”
Daric reached to his pouch and took out some clear crystals, but when the sunlight hit them the light burst into rainbows, "It is similar to other gems but even more efficient. My mineralogists says there is a lot of potential in this crystal. They hold heat very well and stay cold for an extremely long time. Mr. McWert has agreed to give us a partnership with these mines if I help him first, since it is his land of course. He is having trouble, animal, pests, and bandits on his property. So I want to you guys go to Thames and meet with Mr. McWert, do as he asks, procure acouple more larger samples to study, and when he is satisified with your work, have him sign this contract. I have had it notarized by House Sivis and arcane marked. After you are done, bring it back.“
Wyrm reached for a crystal and tossed it in the fire and observed its properties.
“For transportation I have made arrangements with House Lynrandor. Since the discovery of Pondera, their airship business has boomed. Unfortunately there have been an increased number of high jacking. Those airships are quite expensive as well as their cargo. They are short on marshals and would like you to act as them since you have a decent amount of combat experience," Daric continued.
At that Neblin spat out his water and coughed.
“Your ship will have two stops, first you will stop in Nortek, Ironfast, Pondera’s dwarf country. I would like you to deliver a letter to Thar Williams, he has an outpost in the dwarven capital. Then your ship will stop in Gen, Dighton, from there you will need to go on foot to Red Lagoon, Thames. Just take the main road out of Haven to go there. You cannot miss it. Someone from Mr. McWert’s farm will be around the Blink Sloth Pub for that week to take you to his place. Normally I would sent people of higher position within the house, but we are a little short handed too.This is good opportunity for all of you. Do not disappoint me. We cannot let the other houses know about this crystal.”
The adventurers went to get equipment at a local shop called Kobolds Explosions and Finery, where they were able to negotiate a wand price down if they handed the kobold Adam there a crystal sample. Then they headed to the air port.
The Flamekeep air port was bustling. The Dancing Cloud is on the field. The ship resembled a large word ship with a single thin silver ring hovering, with the ship in the middle. Sailors were loading barrels and crates along with horses and other farm animals on board.
When the adventurers found the captain. She greeted them with a warm welcome. The captain was a half-elven woman with a peg leg and a hook for a hand, who also had an eye patch and a blue parrot on her, “Arg Matey’s put er thar!”
Wyrm shook her hook had. The hook slipped off. The goblin immediately started apologizing. She laughed and shook off the peg leg and the eye patch.
“Can I have that?” Wyrm asked. The captain shurgged and handed it to him. He squeed with delight.
The parrot turned into a rat and the woman said, “My names is Captain Naila Sollin, and this ship is the Dancing Cloud. Come follow me to my quarters we have to talk about your seating arrangements.”
They learned that a daughter of an important member of House Cannith was on board and that is why the added security was necessary.
After they talked about patrolling shifts and such, the adventurers fanned out to check out the ship. The hooded party member quickly became friends with Skull, a sailor on the ship who graceishly shared his alcohol with him. Zaratash got to know a religious mane named Alair. Wyrm made friends with a pink kobold named Spitfire.
Spitfire has a device that he claimed could catch ghosts. When Wyrm flipped it on, it caused an explosion which several other gobliins weren’t so lucky to dodge. The explosions startled some rats on board in the cargo hold to come out of some tainted grain feed boxes meant for House Vadalis hippogriffs on board.
The adventurers quickly dispatched the rats. Several days later they landed in Nortek, Ironfast.