Welcome, all, to the fun and exciting world of Athas! Here you will encounter lush, tropical jungles, a cornucopia of delicious foodstuffs, and an infinite stock of panacea at all local apothecary shops!
Welcome, all, to Athas! It's hot here, there's a lot of sand, rocks, it's hot, some bad guys, no food, it's hot and last but not least we have Raam. A gangrenous leg attached to a diseased body, with a brave crew of indomitable adventurers who are doing their best at seeking a cure! The lineup is as follows:
, a Fighter
played by OptimusZed.
, a Barbarian
played by Grog.
, a Shaman
played by Anialos.
, an Ardent
played by SanderJK.
, a Psion
played by interrobang.
, a Sorceress
played by Northguard.
At this point, we will assume only the party listed above responded to the call, and as such were the only persons present at the table.
With the last applicant taking his seat after his introduction (or lounging up against the wall, barring sitting), Gaj Gestures widely with open arms. "Please, fill yourselves."
He looks to the wall at Raqib, You should eat with your companions. Breaking bread with newfound cohorts is a good way to build camaraderie and trust."
White-robed slaves continue scurrying about the room, removing empty plates and replacing them with more plates and bowls of delicious-smelling foods.
Gaj reaches forward and rips a limb off of a cooked animal of some sort or another. It is a dark, rich bronze in color, and juices ooze from the tear. He takes a large bite, chews quickly and swallows. "I will brief you all on the situation. Some months ago, a troupe of taskmasters and slaves returned from our amethyst mine in the Right Gauntlet. They were all covered in dirt and blood, looked as if they hadn't eaten in days, and not a single one of them was without a series of scorch marks across his arms and chest. When questioned about what had happened, there were no coherent responses given; it was all complete gibberish. We understood some words here and there, but nothing even close to helping us make sense of anything. Near a score returned to Raam, and only three survive to this day. They continue their inane rambling whenever they are not asleep, and they eat nothing we attempt to give them. We've seen them huddled in a corner, talking, whispering or shouting to themselves, while picking scarabs and small lizards off the walls and eating them whole.
"Now, how you go about this, I will leave up to you. Know, however, that the mine is not easily found, so finding a guide may be a prudent decision. I wish I knew where to find a sane taskmaster to send with you, but a number of our old slave have been freed and now work in the Low Quarter, many of which continue their trade as stoneworkers."
This is a somewhat surprising thing. Freeing slaves? House M'ke is extraordinarily generous in these times of strife. "You may recognize them by our emblem, which most of them proudly wear emblazoned on their tunics to this day, as a sign of what they have earned."
He points to a patch on his left shoulder. On the patch is an image of some strange, white bird flying in front of a dark red circle.
Gaj finishes his haunch of meat, and while still chewing, he says plainly. "For your troubles, and in direct relation to what we can assume is danger, the offer on the table is one half year's wages of a taskmaster for each of you. We will also line you up with whatever trail rations and survival equipment you feel you may need, free of charge. We would appreciate haste and diligence in your pursuit, and will see you safely out of Raam's gates at first light tomorrow. The trip will take the better part of two days, so make sure you rest well, and help yourselves to any and all of the food on the table at your whimsy."
With this, Gaj grabs another leg of meat from one of the plates on the table. "Any questions? I have other matters to tend and will be leaving shortly, so keep them brief and pertinent."
If you feel your character's skills pertain to some of the thing hinted at in the briefing, please make your best guess at what skill would be used to glean extra information from such things and roll away! Also, use this opportunity to ask questions to Gaj before he leaves, and he'll do his best to shore up any information you think he has. Once he is gone, feel free to discuss any ideas, get to know eachother, and we will assume you all eat your fill in the meantime.