In the grim cyberpunk world of the 22nd century real life sucks. So people use neural nano-interfaces to escape to the vibrant fantasy worlds of DMMO-RPGs. For years the most popular of these was YGGDRASIL, but it slowly lost momentum and by 2138 is being shut down. Three friends log in to face the last minutes of the game together, completely unaware of what will happen after it ends.
It's fascinating, and Soreiyu focuses intently on analyzing what's being said, what's not being said, since he's there to look like a bored guard, not to do the questioning.
The gods might be a problem, someday. Soreiyu's not going to discount them on the basis of 'historical,' and he knows Takeko, paranoid as she is, won't either.
The Talents could be something to keep an eye on. Nfirea's is interesting - an ally with that Talent would be a boon, given the level of gear they have lying around spare, but an enemy could be a problem, especially if anything ever gets stolen...
They should possibly keep out of sword range of Gazef in future encounters, then.
The artifacts of the greed kings are probably highest concern in terms of actual things that can threaten them. Soreiyu would say it's unlikely for that threat to manifest, but he knows Takeko will want to be prepared as possible.
Well their last party will give them some information on how to find these things. The gods either died or "returned to their higher plane of existence" most from old age, one from trying to 1v8 the greed kings. Gazef is at the capitol, but comes by E-Rantel pretty frequently since its the cornerstone of the kingdoms defense. The flying city moves, and is currently being squatted on by a dragon lord, but the party's bard can show you its usual range on a map. Nfirea runs a potion shop with his grandmother. They saw him in here awhile ago to hire an escort for an ingredient harvesting run in Torb, but should be getting back soon if he isn't already. Either way his grandmother is considered the best potion maker in the kingdom, which they guess is a type of powerful person?
He'll thank them for the stories, at least.
Guild lady lets them know that they'll have to leave for closing time, but will be approximately 1000% more polite now that they are high paying customers instead of randos.
They leave, and after a quick discussion among themselves decide they have enough time tonight to pursue a few more leads. Finding out more about Talents seems fairly quick - and the potions shop is near and still open. Afterwards, they plan to make their way to another tavern.
As the reach shop an old woman runs out, chased by the zombified corpse of Peter from the swords of darkness.
Well that's not good.
They can't afford to reveal their true power, but he doesn't want to just walk away and he is known as an adventurer -
Utility spells are great. He'll cast grease so the now slick ground blocks the entrance, is under the zombie, and is not under the woman.
Zombie falls down.
And with that bit of breathing room, Lizzy is able to pull out some potions and finish the zombie.
"Are there more of those?"
And wasn't that the guy they were talking to last night?