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"See Oleg?, doesn't hurt to ask" Turning to you Svetlana adds "Please come sit, eat and we will tell you all that we know, I'm sure my husband will let you use our guest house free of charge for your kindness" she glances back to Oleg as if the decision was clearly made. Oleg just grumbles unhappily as he goes to wash.
The serving table is clean and ready, several plates an utensils are lined up but clearly not enough for a group as big as yours.
Svetlana does her best to serve food as quickly as possible, a good homemade stew and some fresh bred which despite their troubles is in clear abundance. While doing this both Oleg and her explain their problems during the meal.
Oleg starts by saying "The bandits' first visit was 3 months ago - they threatened to burn down the trading post and abduct Svetlana for their own amusements back at their camp if we didn't agree to hand over all of the furs and trade goods we had accumulated over the past month from hunters and trappers." Oleg seems shamed at his inability to do anything about it.
Svetlana continues "Since then, the bandits have returned twice more, each time within an hour of sunrise on the first day of the month. We've learned the hard way to have their 'taxes' ready and hand them over quickly... the bandits usually seem eager to return to their camp somewhere, I think their camp could be about a day's ride away from here"
Oleg exclaims "The first time the bandits visited, there were two dozen of them thugs led by a cloaked man armed with a bow, and a woman who carried two small hatchets. The woman did the majority of the talking on that first trip, damn crazy woman and her black sense of humor nearly chopped off my hand..." Oleg seems angered but looking at Svetlana he does his best effort to control himself
Svetlana adds "She looked really dangerous and scary... she took my wedding ring right off my hand and tossed it to one of her men as payment for 'not shortening Oleg's reach'" shivering as she remembers.
Oleg continues: "On the second and third visit, only the crude hooded man accompanied the bandits. The second visit, he came with only half as much other men, while on the third he only came with even less. I suspect that the bandits have let down their guard now that they had us completely cowed. Hopefully, when they visit tomorrow they'll be even fewer in number, and hopefully the scary woman with the hatchets won't be with them"