Road to Highforge
Scene I - The Hightower, Afternoon of the 12th Day (Thaumont, 12th 990 AC)
The Elder dwarves, three of them, arrive in the afternoon at the Hightower along with a fourth, who is Klist, the dwarven cleric of Kagyar who Bofar knows well. The one who is clearly the leader is a well dressed dwarf, with a black and silver beard. Another is a white bearded dwarf, simply dressed, and the third is clearly a warrior, with a great bounded axe on his back. Bofar has seen the first two before, but not the third.
"I am Thorur Thoricwarf - the leading dwarf says, and Bofar recognizes him as the most important dwarf in Specularum and probably Karameikos, leader of the Goldsmith Guild - . Here is my friend Dwalin Dwalumwarf - he adds, referring to the white bearded dwarf, who Bofar recognizes as the eldest dwarf of Specularum - and Karto Karalinwarf of Highforge, commander of the guards of the gnome caravan - he continues, referring to the warrior - Sergeant Mikel has informed us of what happened and I came personally as Klist is a friend of mine, and I knew your father too. Probably we should have took better care of you, young Bofar. But that can be mended now. It was already explained to you, I believe, that the Torenescu are good clients and allies, and we cannot jeopardize their benevolence for you. We also believe you acted quite rashly for a dwarf, and you probably need more guidance and some help from us. We thought to give you a steady dwarven job in Highforce, to which you would be indentured for 5 years, but it seems you have made some human friends who want to follow you to the north. At the light of this, you may prefer to be employed as a guard and, once in Highforge, as an explorer, at the orders of Karto. You still have to do this for 5 years. This is your punishment, but not an harsh one. It will give meaning to your life, and Highforge is a beautiful place. It's also a open place, yet we do not appreciate vagrants too much. - he adds, looking at Lucius and Dim - so we expect that humans who wish to live in our fair city try to find a job and contribute to the prosperity of our community. You can be guards and explorers with Bofar, if you desire to stay with him. I will not lie to you, this can be a dangerous job. That's the reason why we normally give it to troublemakers and expendables, like humans. Yet you will not be thrown to the monsters. You will be trained and given guidance and advice. If you don't like this idea, Bofar could have a normal job in the mines, and we could try to find some regular jobs for you too in Highforge. What do you say?
The dwarves wait for your answer.