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"Sigurd, if a friend of yours is in need, you know I shall be glad to lend my assistance."

 

Horrik extends his hand and clasps forearms with Jeren.  "Well met sir."

 

"Jeren, how many men do you wish to hire on?  We have several others," Horrik points towards the table and continues, "that would be of great assistance in this task.  I do however have several questions regarding the trip.  Jeren, you could join us at our table so we can make introductions and continue our conversation, or would you prefer we meet elsewhere to discuss terms and plan for this excursion?"

 

"Also, your drivers that were attacked.  Do any of the survivors have wounds that still require tending?"

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As Horrik gestures at the table. Brig raises his mug of ale at Jeren, downs it, and shouts, "COME JOIN US! IT BE EASIER TO TELL YA TALE ONCE INSTEAD OF TWICE!"

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"Thank you, but no.  The ones who survived did so because they fled at the first sign of bloodshed." Jeren eyes widen when he realized how that came out. " I mean, not that I blame them!  Their job is to deliver my good not fight armed robbers to protect them!"

 

" Yes let's move this to the table.  As for your friend they would be most welcome.  The drovers account all differ but there were at least four bandits, and one of them swears he saw nine."

 

Sigurd was not idle during the conversation and has pulled several more pitchers of ale.  "Here," he says, "make yourselves useful and bring this with you.  Save my wife a trip."

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Horrik smiles and grabs the pitchers.  "Not a problem Sigurd.  Come friend Jeren, if you would follow Nivin and myself, we shall take seats, and start this merry adventure off right, by sharing a drink together!"  With a wicked grin Horrik jokes, "Though I must warn you, if you become fresh with your serving maid, I will not be held responsible for any injuries sustained."

 

Horrik sets off through the crowd.

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Judas raises his intense, red eyes, momentarily, from his mug of water in acknowledgement of the newcomer.

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Brig takes another drink and then looks at Jeren. "Any description of the bandits? Race, height, clothing? Weapons?"

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Jeren looks at Brig.  "I'm not really sure.  I wasn't there and the drovers who were  busy fleeing.  One of them said that that his friend was felled by a thrown spear, and another says that something whistled past his ear."

 

He looks down at his mug.  "I should have hired guards for the last supply run.  I had heard that bandit activity had picked up, but I figured that any attacks would be on material coming from the mine, not supplies to the mine.  If I had hired guards, two men would not have lost their lives."

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"Friend, Jeren, you are a good man to care so deeply for the loss of two men.  If these were true bandits, they would most certainly be attacking your wagons when they were loaded with ore or bars."  Horrik pauses briefly.  "Jeren, there are two reasons why men would attack a supply line.  They are either starving and need the food and supplies, or they wish to disrupt your mining operations."  Horrik's eyes grow dark and heavy, clearly believing it to be the latter.  

 

Abruptly trying to raise the spirits at the table, Horrik exclaims, "Take heart friend, for you have hired guards this day.  And we will make those bandits wish they had never crossed your path should they appear again!"  Horrik raises his mug.  "To the memories of your men, friend Jeren."

 

[OOC]Horrik was going to start discussing terms of payment, travel arrangements, etc, but seeing how upset Jeren is by speaking of the loss of two simple drivers, opts to wait.[/OOC]

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At that moment a three foot four inch tall hafling comes bursting through the door. He rolls on the floor and nimbly scuttle past the other patrons legs in a mad scramble towards your table. Coming to a stop behind Thromdor's chair he motions for everyone to make normal. Just a moment later a tall gruff looking fellow pokes his head into the tavern and surveys the crowd, after apparently not seeing what he is looking for he then moves on.

 

"Whew, that was a close ones boys." Says the panting halfling with a chuckle, as he pulls up a stool and quickly downs a pint of ale from the table.

 

He reaches up and wipes the blood from a small scratch on his ear. "I swear to you Nivin if I had been just a hair slower that brute would have my head on his wall right now." he begins to laugh heartily "I should have known better when that lass requested a personal show at her cottage during mining hours. Still would've been nice of the miss to say she had a husband. Oh but that smile, that smile. Who could'a said no to that smile?"

 

After a second he turns, noticing Jeren, "Oh hello there. So sorry about that, awfully rude of me to just cut in without an introduction. Name's Grinly Wardfield. And who might you be sir?" 

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"Grinly you devil," Horrik bellows with mirth.  "Stop hiding and meet your new employer.  Jeren here is an old acquaintance of our host Sigurd.  He has recently had trouble with some rogues of his own, although instead of stealing hearts these men sought to rob Jeren of supplies.  We've agreed to help escort his drovers to his mine to ward off some bandits, and it sounds like a few days of honest work outside these city walls and away from any other murderous husbands that you've made wear the horns is just what you need."

 

"Now get over here and let me look at that ear."  Horrick reaches over and easily plucks Grinly from his stool.  "Now quit your squirming.  Just a scratch."  As Horrik returns Grinly to his stool, he refills their tankards and grins.  "That's a whole lot of blood for a such little prick.  One of these days, my small friend.  You won't be so quick, and with the trouble you'll be in, you'll wish for such a little prick."  Horrik strikes his mug against Grinly's, raises his mug in salute, and drains his mug in a single draught.

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Rorikk gazes reproachfully at Grinly, clearly not impressed by the Halfling's antics - or by his allegations that he "didn't know" that the woman was married. However, he turns to Jeren with a sharp nod. "Of course, we will be happy to assist. To your men," he intones, lifting his glass to tip it against Horrik's. "I have no doubt they died valiants, and petition even now at the feet of a kinder god."

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"And to all others that met their end the same way." Grinly adds with a smile to the ever serious Rorikk.

 

He turns to Horrick and winks. "That sounds like a smart plan. I've been itchin' to get back on the road, these folk in this town are so depressing, they don't enjoy a good poem or tune so much."

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