As the introductions wind down, the door opens and the black-robed, hooded man with whom many of you are familiar sweeps into the room. His pace seems unusually hurried, and he begins to speak almost before he seats himself at the head of the table. His sonorous voice has a hint of something strange as well--irritation, perhaps, or worry?
"We have two problems to deal with. The six of you have performed admirably in securing the Merui mine for our use, but we can't send you in two directions at once even if your skills would have value both here and abroad. So we have brought you some help." He briefly indicates Brynna, Eberhart, and Tobie. "So, let us lay it out for you, and then you can ask questions."
His hooded gaze shifts over to Sofia. "This necromancer that Sikhandyn was sent to track appears more dangerous than we first suspected. Our wizard has been captured, and while Annette was able to escape she reports that the rest of the team was slain. We have reached the end of our patience with this... competitor." He pauses for a long moment before continuing. "Additionally, it appears this dark wizard's work is being used by the imperials as an excuse to imprison certain priestesses."
He then focuses in on Astaban. "Your discovery of the various coins within the mine leads us to believe that the West Merui company may have... connections with the Astan government that need to be explored. The difficulty is, the principles are behind war lines. A stealthy approach is needed to travel overland and penetrate first the battlefield, and then the trading company."
The hood turns from side to side, taking in all nine job-seekers before summing up. "For the local mission, strength and magical power will be needed, along with the faith to brave this necromancer's undead creations and the cunning to track his movements and plans: Sofia, Blake, Brynna, Wyngrad, and Eberhart, this seems to suit you. The longer trip requires those who travel light and can remain relatively unnoticed: Astaban, Layna, Tobie, and Karn, the task appears to play to your strengths."
There is another pause, and the robed arms fold tightly across the boss's chest. "Any questions?