smiles and bows with a serpentine flourish. In addition to the normal elemental servants that wander the halls, seated nearby are an odd assemblage of individuals. An ogre, a humanoid cat, a person clad entirely in armor and wearing a cloak, and a shark with arms and legs (which would seem out of place, except your leader is a snake man with arms and legs, so really, this is actually par for the course.) What the rest of you notice is that Marten is not there.
Setnaja addresses you. "Ah, friends, I thank you for once again answering the call. I have some things for you as a gift for your incredible service to life and the megaverse." Some of the elemental servants approach you, bearing gifts individualized to suit each of you. Turning to @Adriana, Setnaja inquires. "I trust you enjoyed that book? I did have to reclaim it. You understand." The were-panther notices the book she had taken is being replaced on its shelf by a gnome with a nasty look on its face, likely on account of the height to which he has to reach to set it back.
He makes quick introductions between you all. "This is @Blackfish, a transfer student from my good friend Plato in Lazlo." He gestures towards the ogre. He then points towards the sharkman. "@Vito has particular knowledge of the environs to which you are traveling. He is also a suitable replacement for Everett's brawn." Turning again, he introduces the cat-man. "Fernando was sent to me by an associate of mine. He has talents you may find useful." He nods towards @Custos CarcerisXXVII. "Twenty-Seven, as you may call him, is one of my personal apprentices."
In turn, he introduces Adriana the were-panther, @Heather Todd the psionic, @Dominic Skodati the arcane courier, Gaspard Gillead the summoner, and @Kidemonas the dragon.
Having dispensed with introductions and pleasantries, Setnaja begins explaining the purpose for the meeting. "Lieutenant Vielar has requested your assistance with investigating several murders in a town of limited use to the Legion. I confess that this coincides with a task of my own that I have for you, so I have acquiesced. Upon concluding this investigation, I have arranged a ship to take you to an island community east into the ocean. It is not far. I have an item I wish delivered to an old friend there, Aewyn, and unfortunately, it cannot be simply teleported." A moderate-sized carved wooden box is brought out and handed to Dominic. It weighs no more than 5 pounds. "I trust you can keep this secret during your travels? If you are accosted and it is in danger of being discovered, I request that you open a random dimensional rift and toss it through." He smiles. "It matters not where it is sent."
He answers any questions you might have, then urges you to return in time for Vielar's briefing. "All fortune go with you, friends."
listens to your reports as you explain what transpired leading up to and while on Amity. He is equally perplexed by the loss of Alex. "We simply have no record of such a person enlisted with the Legion, let alone being assigned to your unit. It looks like your only losses are Gill, Curatrix, and Everett. You sure you didn't pick him up along the way?"
He shrugs his shoulders, then points to the data screen on the wall of the briefing room. In his normal, un-elf-like manner, he gets right to the point. "We're short-staffed. Setnaja has graciously allowed us to borrow you all again for something that may be up your alley." (You get the distinct impression Vielar didn't like having to ask.) "This is Cullport. It doesn't look like much, but we're trying to make contacts along the coasts, and this...it's the coast. More to the point, they're having some very bad luck with murder in a small-ish town. The murders don't look like just murders though. So maybe you all head out to the coast, enjoy the sea breeze, and stop whatever killings are going on? The town champion is a guy named Mustaine. He can help you get your bearings."
He glances at the new additions. "New blood? Good. Guess you'll need it. We keep losing good people. Try not to die, please."
He looks around idly, expecting questions but hoping he doesn't hear any. "Setnaja's making your transit easy. Get your gear. Head to his room. Good luck."
With a brief arcane ritual, the snake man mage opens a portal and deposits you an hour's walk outside the town.