Our heroes began the afternoon around a table at the Lost Anchor — an open-air alesink off the flesh market of Scree. While drinking sour, watery beer, they kept a watchful eye on the Acero trading hall. After a few rounds of drinks, curiosity got the better of Saeren and Boomah and they went to get a closer look. Inside the pillared hall there was a platform for slave presentation, and several tables of trade goods. After looking around for a bit, they asked one of the many clerks if the Aceros bought as well as sold. The answer was a resounding ‘yes’, but when the ranger produced an enchanted suit of hide armor, the clerk had to call over one his superiors. The two haggled briefly, and settled on trading the armor for two diamonds suitable for wooing ladies (or casting restoration). They waited in his office while diamonds were procured, as the well-appointed customer lounge seemed to be occupied.
Other than a large number of burly guards with broad blades and hooked nets around the establishment, the only other person of note was a thin woman in a close-fitting black dress who came out of the front office, spoke to a guard and went back in.
As they left, they noted the waste stream that flowed out from under the flagstones, and considered where it might open to on the other end.
As the afternoon progressed, others wandered about the trade hall, watching an auction of fresh, young ‘house servants’ but not making any purchases. nor did they see any overt signs of cult activity.
There was a large auction in the flesh market, and several lots of working slaves changed hands. Our heroes briefly considered buying a goblin army, but ultimately opted against it.
Night came, and the portculli dropped over the trading hall. As the merchants left the markets in search of a warm meal and warmer company, the streets began to fill with a rougher sort of crowd— largely armed and looking for action. The group noticed the entry to the Acero hall off the Street of Measures was still lit. Boomah and Saeren went to check it out and found that it was an assayers’ office trading gems and raw metal for coin. Luckily, they had some unrefined silver ore looted from a previous adventure, and traded it for 40 gold coins. Seeing no obvious signs of an evil cult, they returned to the group.
They peered through the portculli on the way back to the Anchor, and Boomah caught a glimpse of some shadowy creature slipping between the shadows inside.
Stymied, out heroes started looking for alternate avenues into the Acero complex. Seeing the tower chamber that rose above the two-story, they considered trying to break in from above. With that thought, they paused for further reflection.