The Missing Bartender
The Missing Bartender
Run this event in the morning at some point after Sheriff
Hemlock has left town to request more soldiers from
Magnimar. The PCs are approached by a timid elderly
half ling woman named BETHANA CORWIN (NG female
half ling commoner 1), a maid who works for Ameiko
Kaijitsu at the Rusty Dragon. She’s obviously upset and
asks to speak to the PCs somewhere in private.
In short, her employer has gone missing. Bethana
woke earlier this morning to find that Ameiko hadn’t
already started breakfast, for the first time Bethana could
remember. Worried, she knocked on Ameiko’s door but
didn’t get a response. Against her better judgment, Bethana
entered Ameiko’s room to find it empty and the bed unslept
in. Worse, she found a crumpled piece of parchment near
the bed—a note from Ameiko’s older brother Tsuto.
At this point, Bethana hands the PCs the note.
Although it was written in Minkaian (likely to keep
prying eyes from reading it, Bethana muses), Ameiko
had been teaching Bethana the language over the last
few years. The half ling has helpfully already translated
the note’s message on the opposite side—this note is
reproduced as Handout 1–1.
Bethana explains that Tsuto was something of a
scandal when he was born back in 4688 (a year before
Ameiko), since he’s a half-elf. Bethana sagely notes, with
big eyes, that neither of Ameiko’s parents are elves. It
was obvious that old Lonjiku wasn’t the boy’s father, and
his rage at the discovery of his wife’s indiscretion was
the talk of the town for months. Lonjiku’s wife Atsuii
never revealed who the father was, and it’s a testament
to Lonjiku’s stubbornness that they remained married.
Tsuto was handed over to the Turandarok Academy to
be raised outside of the Kaijitsu family, ignored by his
father and forbidden visits from his mother. Ameiko
starting visiting him in secret once she learned about
his existence at the age of 10, visiting him a few times
a month to keep him company, bring him some food,
and promise him that someday things would get all
sorted out. That all changed in 4705, when they had
a terrible argument in which Tsuto struck Ameiko.
Bethana doesn’t know what the argument was about,
but whatever it was sent Ameiko away from Sandpoint
for a year, during which time she made a living as an
adventurer. She returned to Sandpoint a year later to
attend her mother’s funeral. Tsuto was quite public
in his opinions that his father had pushed Atsuii off a
cliff to her death, and during the funeral there was a
confrontation. Lonjiku nearly broke Tsuto’s jaw with his
cane, after which Tsuto cursed him and left Sandpoint.
Ameiko has tried to reestablish contact with him ever
since, but was never able to track him down.
Bethana’s worried that Tsuto’s up to no good. Since
Sheriff Hemlock’s out of town, the PCs are the only ones she
can turn to. She begs them to head over to the Glassworks
and find out what happened to Ameiko as soon as possible.