Flynn crosses his arms. "It feels like there's more to it than that. My respects to your father, but which side would he be on, then? I spent a long time being a plaything of those far above myself. You'll forgive me if I don't want to go back to that life."
Arabella smiles. “Unfortunately, I cannot tell you where my father stands. The facts are what they are. The North and South have never been on excellent terms, and with the industrialization of the North, we have certainly been affected here in the South. The expansion into the Wilds has the potential to give everyone a little bit of extra breathing room. Personally, I see it as possibly the only way of avoiding eventual civil war.
“I will say, however, that it has come to my attention, Alexandros, that it would be an excellent idea for you not to be in any part of Urbane presently. I’m willing to turn a blind eye, given your efforts last night, but as word spreads, I doubt others will. Leaving on business of the King is a good way to claim redemption.”
“Pardon me for saying so,” Terrence interrupts, “but the mere prospect of sending out this expedition apparently prompted the assassination expedition that struck here last night—an assassination attempt that was thwarted by the adventurers here assembled. Even without organized assassins mobilized against us, I was led to believe that this effort amounted to daily risk of death. Forgive me, but suggesting that one coin a day is certainly worth our time seems like a bit of a low ball. By my calculations, at that rate, a month of struggle in the forest primeval would just about cover the cost of a new crossbow. A light crossbow, at that.”
Arabella shakes her head. “A gold piece a day is quite normal for a well-trained mercenary or a low-ranking knight. And given that you will have your food and equipment supplied. And even the permission to keep anything you might find or acquire in your journeys. I believe the pay is quite fair.”
Without thinking, Del is deftly placing more cheese in her pockets. "I think a gold piece is a fortune!"
Arabella appears to not notice Del’s hoarding. Either that or she is politely ignoring it.
Terrence seems intrigued by the last part."Permission to keep what we find? ... Oh! I see! I didn't realize that we would be functioning as civil servants. In that case, I'm sure we'll do very well." Terrence also puts cheese in his pockets. He makes no effort to hide the fact. "When do we leave? Now? I'm about ready."
In a dangerous political climate, several expeditions are made to the infamous Wilds in hopes of expanding the country, Urbane, and avoiding an all out civil war. But, when the lord in charge of the excursions is almost assassinated, tensions increase and put new pressures on the brave explorers.