Sar, 7 Eyre 998
The party realized that, other than Elorin, every halfling they have encountered since arriving in Korth has had something bad happen to them. Suspecting that they were being followed, the party made a big show of going to the Bloody Bull (the human-owned tavern with a halfling cook and bard) while Elorin watched in eagle form. He noticed someone following them, but that person actually approached them when they arrived at the Bull. It turned out to be a member of the Blood of Vol who wanted to commission the party to escort him and a few of his compatriots to the Cynidacian village.
At the Bloody Bull, the party met the owner (Merrill, human male), the bard (Garrett, halfling male), and the cook (Mebsa, halfling female). Merrill had inherited the tavern from his father close to 40 years ago, Garrett had been performing there on and off for just over 20 years, and Mebsa had been with them for four years, although she had worked for Merrill for a few years about ten years earlier. Merrill and Garrett told them that, instead of caving to the pressure to fire Mebsa and Garrett and hire humans, Merrill had put up a sign on the door saying “ALL ARE WELCOME.” Business has been getting steadily worse since then, but Merrill is sticking to his principles. The Bull was subject to frequent vandalism and pranks, but nothing serious. Mebsa slept under the stairs, so she woke up before anything too bad happened to the Bull. The party talked with Merrill about renting his two spare rooms. Glim tried to talk to a table of humans, and failed miserably.
At the Bull, Rashed went over to hit an a party of three elven women. Vav heard one of them introduce herself as Qillanna (the other two were Ravathyra and Gurcaryn), and informed Rashed that Qillanna had been involved with Laurinth’s drug dealing. Rashed laid on the charm and convinced all three to go home with him. After Rashed convinced them that his friends could be trusted, Qillanna left a note with Vav to give to Shaben, the man they would be meeting. As soon as Qillanna and her friends had left with Rashed, Vav and Elorin read the note. It said that the cook sleeps downstairs, so the best way to accomplish the plan would be with invisibility or a familiar.
After they left the Bull, Elorin and Vav asked Glim to make a scroll of Remove Curse, which they took to the halfling shaman. Vav successfully used the scroll to uncurse the shaman, but he was still ill.
Sul, 8 Eyre 998
Elorin and Vav visited the halfling shaman, who was at death’s door. Elorin successfully cast Remove Disease and the shaman stopped getting worse, but he showed no sign of getting better. Vav sent a message to the wizards he met earlier.