"Never heard of him, sorry, and I know just about anyone here!"
He thinks to himself for a bit, then talks again.
"I'll ask around some of my friends and sources, maybe they will know more!">>22271
Golden Words opens the large set of double doors with his magic, and steps back with a bow.
"I'll let you talk with him now, he doesn't like when I, as he says, 'babysit visitors'… Good luck! And doN't worry!"
He stays outside, and as you step inside, you take in the view of the hall.
It's a big room, and looks like a throne room, but instead of a throne, there is a table with maps on it.
A big bodied, gruff looking earth pony in bronze hued armor is standing next to it, explaining something to two younger officers.
When he notices the party, he tells something to the officers again, and sends them on they way, who in response rush out of the room, leaving you alone with him.
He steps down from the podium of the tactician table, and starts to speak.
"All right, listen up maggots! I don't know why you are here and nor do I care.
I'm short on ponies as it is, since the Princesses don't think that our work here is serious. They think we are just here to prepare for a siege from an imaginary enemy that will never come in these peaceful times.
They are wrong. The Wasteland is worse than any foe in war. Yet they cut the numbers of our forces each year.
To make matters worse, there are seeds of a rebellion in the nearby village that is responsible for making the food for us.
You are all mercenaries for me. If you do well, you get paid.
I have two tasks for you.
One of them is a routine task, you need to go out to the Wasteland, and check up on the Rock Farmers who live there.
Their farms are near the river, and not too dangerous for rookies like you. One of the families reported that they haven't seen sings of another family, but I can't spare any soldiers to check on them.
Go out, speak with the Pick family, do a recon mission to the other farm, and report what you found. If nothing is wrong, I'll need a report for why they were silent.
The other will be a bit more complex, but more rewarding if you succeed.
We have proof that there is a rebellion forming in the village of Wheatly, sabotaging ships in our docks, attacking caravans, undermining the safety of both the city and the village itself, and stealing supplies.
I don't have enough guards to send there to investigate however.
We suspect that the leader of this rebellion is the former ruler of this castle, ex-High Mage Crystal Clear.
If we get her, we can end this uprising of hers with one swing. You must go to the Village, find her, and capture her, dead or alive."
He stops pacing around, and looks at you.
"So which one will it be, maggots?"