I have reached the town of Brindol. It is not so large as Varshtenspire, but it is a lively place nonetheless! I stopped at an inn for a meal and beer, which was pleasant, but it will take some time to get used to the food here. The soup was nice, and had chunks of meat (not just broth), but the bread tasted old. There were people playing cards in the corner, and apparently wagering at them, for a Deva took offense at them for not putting the money to better use. (The Deva’s name is Adara – pardon my spelling of all these new names; they don’t all translate well – I met her later. She is most elegant.) They looked to be thinking of provoking a fight, so I stood up too, but before we could encourage them to mend their ways, several hobgoblins burst into the inn and started setting things on fire.
This is not to be suffered! It is destructive, and it is rude. Fortunately, Adara and I were not the only ones who saw to admonishing these small ruffians. There was a Dwarf – Rhonin, who was most careful to protect the barkeep and keep the alcohols from catching fire. That poor man was sorely injured, but I put my mending to good use and soon had him right again. There was a Human wizard – Ah-Lahn – who is also disposed to set things on fire, but mostly the hobgoblins, and besides he put his fires out afterward. There was also a most confusing person who seemed like a Vampire, but also seemed to change whether he was woman or she was man and anyway I have forgotten her name in all the uproar.
No sooner were we done but there was an outcry in the street so we went to see what was the matter. Around the corner there was a large beast of an Ogre who was carrying large kegs of oil the way Rhonin carries one of beer, except that beer does not burst into flames when you light it on fire and throw it into buildings, which Rhonin assures me would be a waste of good beer even if it did work. Ah-Lahn tricked him (the ogre) and set his (the Ogre’s) keg to explode before he could throw it. It took some work but we subdued him and his hobgoblin cronies, but we did keep one to turn over to The Authorities so they can administer Justice.