The walk to the gnome is pleasant, it’s a nice day. Alice is simultaneously excited and nervous, staying very close to Roop, but obviously desiring to run around everywhere and grab and poke everything and everybody.
The gnome is bustling more than usual, but only because a large contigent of Ashlan’s family is here, and the place is entirely filled with gnomes. They are absolutely delighted by Alice’s strange attire and volume of adornments, and a whole wack of them begin talking to her at once. Ashlan beats them back with a broom, as Alice looks dazed and confused by all of the attention.
“Welcome, welcome, Roop!! Who’s this little lady, this little adventurer?! Got a good story, I imagine - but that can wait! What do you require? I’ve got everything, everything I say, and due to the absence of a certain meddling employee, some items are heavily discounted!! Got new stuff, too, brother Marius has just come back from his expedition to the East, with unique and valuable treasures and gear!!”
Brother Marius cartwheels up to Ashlan at this moment with a blue box in his hand. He opens the lid and crushes the box, and a fully cooked drumstick of a large bird shoots out of the opening.
“Wish box!” He cries. “Crush one, and whatever you need right now comes out!” He begins to greedily devour the tender meat - apparently he was hungry.