"We don't know guv, they just started attacking and kidnapping people about a week ago,"
"Yep, it was Brodkil, and...wait, did you say Black Market? Why is the BM paying Brodkil to attack travelers? I thought they usually prefer to keep a lower profile."
guards wrote:“Were you attacked by Brodkil?” one of them asks in a thick country accent, “we’ve had a lot of bother with them recently. Working for the Black Market they are.”
Lang says with genuine curiosity in a voice tinged with feigned ignorance. He follows this up with questions about recent happenings in the town, mentioning the signs of recent battle.
Since when does the BM partake in simple banditry? There's no money in that. Curious.
one of the guards explained, "that's why we had to throw up the wall and all. Some folks from the Tomorrow Legion have turned up and are dealing with them."
He brightened up at that thought, obviously having high expectations of the Squad.
guards wrote:“You with that gentleman from the Federation?” the other one asks Langdon, “he’s a Devilman like you.”
Lang lets a casual look of pleasant surprise wash over his face when the guard mentions the Federation. "A brother D'norr, eh?"
he says with a happy smile, not mentioning the Fed. "Do you know where he's at? I would be remiss if I passed through town and didn't say 'hello'. It's not every day I see one of my own people,"
he adds in a tone of wistful regret.
Could this be our wayward Battle Magus? Or someone else?
"He's been staying at Widow Mikkelson's Boarding House since he arrived, keeping well away from that Coalition fella that went out with the Legion."
So, you're not from Garnet Town either. Just a guy who happened to get jumped by Brodkil that were hired by the BM, right next to a farmhouse with who-knows-what inside? Interesting. "I'll go with you, if you don't mind. I have some transactions to make as well,"
Jasper wrote:“I’m just here to see your Miller, I’m interested in his wares, though I don’t remember there being a wall here before.”
Lang pats the vibro-sword and rifle he looted from the brodkil.
Jasper smiles at you and nods "Feel free, I'm sure he might be able to help you with a load of grain or bread."
From what you recall from the information you received, the local black market contact is a man named Jonas Trent, the miller. Also, you recall that the City of Brass was interested in the area as well.
As you finish discussions with the gate guards, their expression changes suddenly as they spot something behind you and begin cheering. An ATV and a TW Zone Ranger roll into sight, moving slowly so that those unable to fit on the two vehicles are able to keep up, with a dragon hatchling judging by the size flying overhead with a couple of people on his back.
Word quickly spreads through the town and as the vehicles pass through, a celebration breaks out in the Town Square. It would appear that these are the missing townsfolk and the Legion has been successful.