Belmarniss shows up early the next morning for her consultancy meeting, munching a pastry from her breakfast spread. "Hey - I was told to meet with a Luay?"
"I still feel like that's not exactly racist. If I shoot a fireball into that crowd and by coincidence everyone who dies is a woman I don't know that I'm a sexist mass murderer."
"Hmmm, I suppose."
Speaking of the crowd, it's almost time to go back to pretending that she bought him in Katapesh. "What've you got on you that I can dip into here, it'd be fine if you were carrying all my gold but weird if you were only carrying some of it, I'll give back your change."
"Yes, ma'am." He hands over his gold.
Snort. "Good boy." She counts it, writes down the figure, starts shopping around for diamonds.
Rocks really are cheaper down here. The drow still don't love surface gold, even when its color is displayed and she lets them bite pieces, but she makes the case that the Osirians want to start trading with Shazeun and it'll be easier for a dealer in gems and metals to have coins minted to surfacer standards on hand in advance. One of the merchants takes the bait, calls over her sister, and they unlock the double-locked safe they each have one of the keys to, to get out the diamonds and sock away the gold Belmarniss pays for them.
He stays out of trouble and wonders if there's less demand among the drow for resurrections. You'd think there'd be more because of the lack of law enforcement? And because they don't make Axis?
Eventually she has the diamonds bought and paid for and they can leave Shazeun without further ado.
The best kind of mission, really. He asks his question about resurrections once they're out.
"Don't have stats. I think the rocks are cheaper because mining is an incidental to architecture, more than anything about demand."
"Huh. Everyone aboveground will be delighted."
"Mm-hm! And I get to time the market."
"Merenre must be so happy he found you."
"Does he express that very subtly?"
"He mostly just talks about how much value there'll be."
"He did mention this but not in a way that seemed like it was about me."