The door opens without warning, and the dark-robed figure glides into the room soundlessly. He glides across the floor and sits in the chair at the head of the table, then takes out a roll of parchment from the folds of his heavy velvet garment. As he unrolls the parchment to reveal a map, you can see his hands for the first time. They are lithe, almost bony, and covered in pale, faded scars.
He begins speaking without any preamble, in the same sonorous voice you heard in the holding room. "The Black Crocus is in need of gemstones, particularly diamonds, to carry out its operations. Our information network has located a mining operation, recently abandoned, in the southwest region of the Principality of Merui. This part of Merui has already been captured by Bar-astan, although it appears the abandonment occurred earlier; we do not anticipate any imperial interference. Your task is to seek out the mine and obtain as many gems of value as possible. Coins and precious metals are a secondary target.
"Our quartermaster will provide you with such supplies as you require, including maps and horses. In payment, you will receive ten percent of the coinage returned, as well as any other equipment you acquire in the venture.
The hood rises slightly, though you cannot make out any facial features to see if he is looking at you.