You find yourself in the port town of Jaflett on the southern tip of the Kairne province.
Like most port towns Jaflett is a chaotic place. The usual bustle of street vendors, fishermen, sailors, and travelling merchants is present. The smell of the sea and the day’s catch is inescapable, but a sweet smelling incense is being burned throughout town that strangely compliments the odours.
What’s unusual about Jaflett is that it plays host to more refined travellers than one usually finds in your average port. Humans, Dwarves, and Elves seem to dominate the traveller demographic and their wealth is on display. Fine clothing and jewelry makes it easy to separate the visitors from the modest citizens of Jaflett. Despite the good fortune afforded to so many, there seems to be an air of annoyance among most of the travellers.
At the docks a large portion of the ships are luxury vessels. However, almost all of them are fastened to the docks. Only a handful of fishing vessels cut through the rolling waters at sea.
A garish boat sticks out like a sore thumb. Bright colours adorn the hull and seem to clash so fiercely with one another that it assaults the eye.
The job description mentioned that you’d know the boat when you saw it.
Approaching the boat reveals crude paintings that encircle the vessel. Flowers, smiling faces, and animals are painted brightly as if decorated by a child. The crowing glory is the masthead which appears to be a large bronze sculpture of an open-mouthed gnome.
“Adventurers!,” chirps an excited voice from the ship.
What appears to be a smiling star appears over the starboard side of the ship. “You ARE here because of my ad?,” it asks.
After the initial shock wears off, it becomes clear that the star is really an eccentric gnome. His golden hair is spiked into three points, while his matching beard twines into the remaining two points.
“Of course you are,” the gnome continues without waiting for any response. “Climb aboard, the lot of you! We set sail immediately!”
At this point you realize you’re not alone! The sheer spectacle of this gnome and his ship combined with the comings and goings of people on the docks has distracted you. You find yourself standing with two other Adventurers!