A Notable Absence
I've made a habit of keeping sweets and tea ready for my dear husband's return. Perhaps more than is necessary... If you should find yourself in need of respite, you are more than welcome to partake of them.
Y'know, Eulmore's nothing like I thought it'd be. But somehow, I can't picture going anywhere else.
The Chais are part of it, I s'pose. They've been good to me. I only wish there was something more I could do to help them...
It makes no sense for Master Chai to have left without a word. But even if he had, he would not have done so unobserved.
Someone here will have seen something. I am sure of it.
We should split up and inquire as to whether anyone saw him leave or, failing that, if they have any idea where he might have gone. I will meet you at the Glory Gate to compare notes later on.
It would seem Master Chai paid a visit to the Beehive before taking his leave of Eulmore. Unfortunately, the patrons I spoke with were too deep in their cups to remember aught else.
...You ever get the feeling you're being watched? Ahh, I'm probably just imagining things.
Master Chai? Why yes, I spoke with him recently, though I recall he was in a rather dour mood. Concerned about Eulmore's neglect of industry, you see.
With Lord Vauthry's apparently inexhaustible stores of meol, and no great need for money, it's little wonder our businesses were all but forgotten under his rule.
But I assured Master Chai that the Boutique of Splendors will do all it can to contribute to the revival of trade here in Eulmore--zwhich seemed to satisfy him. He took his leave soon after.
Looking for Master Chai, are you? Is something amiss? When last I saw him, he seemed ready to collapse from exhaustion. I insisted he rest and catch his breath, and we talked for a whileâ”€about his concerns over the city's defenses amongst other things.
He made more than a few valid points. Many of our men are still recovering after your confrontation with Lord Vauthry, and finding General Ran'jit in a heap in the middle of the plaza shook us all to the core.
The man commanded no small amount of loyalty, and some of our longest-serving soldiers seemed lost without him. Indeed, a number of them left.
N-Not that we blame you, of course. Without you and yours, we would still be blind to the error of our ways.
Anyway...funding permitting, I proposed replenishing our ranks with volunteers from the Derelicts and Gatetown.
We have a duty to protect not only Eulmore, you see, but the surrounding regions of Kholusia as well, and I for one would welcome any man or woman willing to take up arms for that cause. Indeed, I told him as much, and he seemed relieved to hear it. It was on that note that we parted ways. He headed outside, as I recall.
Aye, I recall a man fittin' that description. Asked to speak with the poor buggers lately come from Wright.
Said he wanted to know the state of things down in the Derelicts. And you can be sure we gave him an earful. Lack of food, medicine, clothin'--there was plenty to tell.
We hunt high and low for whatever we can scavenge, and it's barely enough to fill our bellies. But folk here don't just want to survive, they want to thrive!
When he heard that, he started mumblin' to himself. Somethin' about findin' us work, I think.
Fair play to him, though--not content with havin' his ear chewed about the Derelicts, he asked about the other settlements an' all. After that, I can't really say. Looked like he was headed for Gatetown when I last saw him.
I know not what Master Chai is planning, but if he intends to bring business back to Eulmore, he has my wholehearted support.
Master Chai seemed genuinely concerned over our lack of numbers. Would that we had the money to hire more guards...
What? I told you everythin' I know. If you're after that Chai bloke, you won't find him here.
Any luck? I got nowhere myself, but it sounds like Alphinaud might have.
Ah, there you are. How did you fare? Have you learned anything which might offer a clue as to Master Chai's whereabouts?
He apparently paid a visit to the Queen Bee as well.
They discussed the possibility of granting admission to customers from outside Eulmore, an idea to which the proprietor was surprisingly receptive.
Sounds like he's got big plans for the place. Eulmore, I mean--not the Bee.
Perhaps. But the question remains--where did he go after leaving the city?