[Coming from the Market]
Tanner walks down the promenade with a purpose, his short stride purposeful even with the occasional misplaced steps. In one hand he holds a small magnifying glass and another a shaft of wheat. He mumbles to himself and glances between his steps at the magnifying glass, swinging his hands and body to try and find better light causing his packs to sway back and forth.
As the Halfing pulled abreast of a small alley between two warehouses a rough looking human youth purposely stepped out, directly into Tanner's patch and the Halfling bounced off the large human without even causing the youth to rock back.
"Oooof..." Tanner said falling back onto his butt, the magnifying glass and piece of wheat falling from his hands to clatter or float to the sidewalk, "Pardon me I... I... I've got a meeting to attend and wasn't watching where I was going." Tanner said, shading his eyes with his hand looking up into the sun at the young man, groping towards the magnifying glass with his other hand... "Oy then, stumbler. I can see that. What's in your bag?" The youth replies to which Tanner thoughtlessly answers, "Oh, two bottles of Apple Rum, two quarts of Sweet Dream Cordial, 5 different beer flasks... a handful of apples... some... spices...", Tanner stammers off, seeing the glint of steel in the young man's hand.
"Excellent little thing. Just step into my office here and we can take a proper inventory." The youth said, stepping to the right, foot crunching down on the fragile magnifying glass and hedging Tanner into the alleyway. Tanner's eyes got wide as the mugging started to sink in. His face went from it's normal placid drunk look to a grim angry in a moment. "Young man we'll do no such thing this tasting is for the Sword and Axe Tavern...." Tanner said scooting backwards on his butt as the young man loomed forward.
Tanner reach into his pouch grabbing two small clay containers. The first he hurled against the wall near the Thug's head. "Oi, you missed you little AAWEEEE!!" Screamed the would be mugger as Tanner threw the second vial into the same spot, mixing the two volatile new brews in an instant. Shards of clay and a bright flash shot off the wall straight into his face. He stumbled back into the other wall and started to crouch forward clutching his face when Tanner swung a small sized wine bottle into his face as he raised up slightly, shattering the bottle and scoring the face of the mugger.
Tanner rolled over and dashed down the alley thinking oh gods oh gods oh gods oh gods before colliding with the fist of the another dark shape, as two more men stepped out of shadows farther down the alley. Tanner folded up on the ground as the first youth picked himself up shaking fine tasting Apple Rum from his bleeding face, picking up his knife and striding into the alley, "Now you've done it governor, now you've given me the excuse I wanted..."