Our intrepid adventurers, for one reason or another, find themselves in Ptolus, the City by the Spire. They each, for reasons of their own, end up at the Ghostly Minstrel in Delver's Square. Farland Dane, the gnome bard, is there for the music and the connections he can make to Ptolus's bardic community. He quickly makes friends with the talented Tarin Ursalatao who has, of late, been a regular on the Minstrel's stage. When he's not hanging out at the Minstrel, drinking too much, and sleeping it off in the dog bed behind the bar, Farland plays a regular gig at The Black Swan pub where he is picking up some of the raunchiest dwarven drinking songs around. Through Tarin, Farland is introduced to Marlowe Atrabonc, the chief writer and director at Midtown's Cloud Theater. Marlowe offers Farland a part in the orchestra for his newest play "The Boy Who Could Sing."
Meanwhile, Grimslade the Vermin Hunter, a refugee from the sacked Imperial Capital, Tarsis, arrives in Ptolus enticed by the promise of a newly announced bounty on the tails of the Ratmen that plague the sewers and sometimes streets of Ptolus. Grimslade visits Bith the Ratter, one of Ptolus' more interesting small businessmen, and is pointed towards a rat hunting job at, of all places, the Cloud Theater.
Prithvi, the enigmatic, yet blunt Vanara woman takes a room at the Ghostly Minstrel and strikes up conversations with the other patrons. Prithvi has a sweet tooth, and spends extravagantly in the Minstrel's dining room. She is inquisitive, and soon makes the acquaintance of several other of the Inn's guests, including the handsome young cleric Auric, and the dwarf mage, T_______.
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