Miss the plot and discussion? The modern urban sprawl of the 1400s, Llosgidinasgoedwig --more commonly known as just Llos-- was situated at the foot of the Cysgod mountains and also at the edge of the Llofrud forest. The human capitol city and home of the great Castle Duwiol, Llos is also a major trade city, with both the elves and halflings calling Llofrud home. While humans had always been trade partners for the elves, halflings had only recently begun allowing humans to enter their own cities, and have only accepted elves as tentative allies a couple years ago; elves and halflings had almost always been at war with each other, sharing the same forest. The ogres in the mountains almost never come down, but have almost always been at war with everyone else...but only when they weren't at war with themselves. But what does this have to do with our heroes? Not much, I'm afraid. Because, to the best of common knowledge, there wasn't a great threat to this city. They didn't know anything was wrong within the mines. For all they knew, the most interesting thing that would happen would be in a tavern, as it usually was. Today, it wasn't in a bedroom, however. Today it was where our heroes meet: The Maiden and Shield. It was a commoner's tavern, but located in the ideal place to also attract nobility, or at least the nobles who didn't despise the lower classes. There were even rumors not five minutes ago saying that one prince of the human world took an elven barmaid to one of the more expensive rooms within the tavern. No one can hear the outcome over the din of the crowd within the bar, but everyone suspects she's having either the best night of her life or the last. The whole town shares the same general emotion, with the success of the new trade routes to the Halfling queendoms bringing a fair amount of wealth to even the lowest workers. And this is where the heroes will meet. Whether they're here yet or not, they will at least share their time within The Maiden and Shield soon. And their night will be even more memorable than that barmaid's, for better or worse.