“I have news on the goblins. It seems the usually-warring tribes have united under a leader, who we have just captured.”
YOU HAVE DONE WELL. HAVE YOU SLAIN HIM, AND DISPLAYED HIS BODY AS A WARNING TO THE GOBLINS? IT IS A HARD ACT, BUT IT WILL SAVE LIVES.
“…No. He is the half-brother to Amiko, and we need to interrogate him first.”
THIS IS FOOLISH, BUT YOUR KIND ARE NOT USED TO WAR. YOU HAVE THEIR LEADER. THEY ARE FRAIL, KEPT IN LINE ONLY BY FEAR. THERE IS NO NEED FOR INTERROGATION.
“Forgive me, but I worry you may have overlooked something. He said their father was complicit in the original goblin attack somehow, and we cannot question him, as he is dead. And furthermore, why attack Sandpoint at all?”
IF THE GOBLINS DISBAND, AND THEY WERE ONLY HELD TOGETHER BY THIS LEADER, WHY DOES IT MATTER WHAT HE WANTED? HE WILL SOON BE DEAD, THE GOBLINS WILL DIE ON ONE ANOTHER’S BLADES ONCE MORE, AND SANDPOINT WILL BE SAFE AGAIN. THE FATHER HAS PAID HIS LIFE FOR WHATEVER HE DID TO HELP THEM. THE MOST COMMON VICE IN WIZARDS IS THEIR CEASELESS CURIOSITY, AND IT IS THEIR MOST COMMON CAUSE OF DEATH. YOU ARE STRONGER THAN THAT, GREEL.
“Thank you, general. I suppose you are right.”
AND IT IS WISE THAT YOU SEE THIS. NOW WHEN CAN YOU BEGIN YOUR NEXT JOURNEY?
“…Much sooner than expected. With this new partnership, it should only be a few months now. Wait for the first signs of spring, and we will set out.”
THIS IS GOOD. AT WHICH POINT YOUR PARTNERSHIP WILL DISSOLVE.
“Actually, I’ll likely hire Muireadbach as a guide, and Hyacinth has now put in enough to be brought along.”
NO. YOUR DWARF MAY ACCOMPANY YOU, BUT THIS ELF IS THRICE-CURSED. YOU WILL BREAK YOUR ASSOCIATIONS WITH HER NOW.
“I’m not sure I follow. She is strange but harmless, has paid her way in, and is a respectable healer. Useful in case something goes wrong like last time.”
SOME LESSONS CANNOT BE TAUGHT, BUT INSTEAD MUST BE LEARNED. VERY WELL. BUT DO NOT TELL HER OF HOW YOU DISCOVERED THE LOCATION, AND SHOULD YOU FIND THE BOOK, DO NOT ALLOW HER TO SEE IT.
“I had no intention of doing so in the first place.”