Astaban takes the offered flask, examines it for a second, and then takes a swig from the flask. He sets the flask down on the table, savoring the taste for a second, and then picks the flask back up and hands it back to Karn.
He then turns his attention to the map, studying it for a moment. He runs a finger over the indicated site of the mine, then turns to the robed man and asks, "So, if we wish to avoid... imperial issues, where do you suggest we avoid?"
After speaking, he stands up, paces back to the corner where he started, stands there for a moment, and then comes back towards the table at a slower pace, finally sitting back down at the table.