[OOC: Feel free to call for flashbacks to the scenes discussed in this post, if you feel it necessary or interesting. Recent history will be modified accordingly.]
In dealing with the fallout from Boltstrike Pillar, Hurby has made the Trio recruit the help of the Stormshield mercenary company to go and reclaim the now supposedly abandoned tower. The company was recruited, and the following afternoon a meeting took place at the manor of Gromnar Il-Khan, the boss of the Thieves’ Guild.
Attending were: the Trio, a couple of high-ranking bodyguards of Gromnar, Hurby, Gromnar himself, his attendant Visarius (a tiefling), and a representative of the Stormshields by the name of Nessa Trickhelm.
During the meeting it was agreed that a contingent of a dozen mercenaries would be sent to the Pillar, to secure it until the Thieves’ Guild could arrange its own forces there. It all seemed fairly straightforward for a while.
Until a representative of the Mage’s Guild showed up to demand attendance in the meeting.
He ranted and raved on how the Thieves’ Guild has no right to take control of the Pillar in these circumstances, and that by Imperial authority the Mage’s Guild has rights to the Pillar and surrounding lands.
For a while it seemed like the only way to resolve this would be to concede the Pillar back to the mages, because the alternative would most likely be a messy confrontation with not only them but also the Dragon Empire. That is, until Visarius pointed out that Boltstrike Pillar is technically located in dwarven lands, and is part of the barony of Oltar Ugosh. And that neither the Mages’ Guild nor the Dragon Empire have any real claim to it… assuming the lord of Oltar Ugosh does not oppose the matter.
The problem is, Oltar Ugosh has been abandoned for centuries (since the end of the great Drow-Dwarven war) and that the Dwarf King would most certainly not risk major diplomatic incidents by contesting claims on lands where the only things of value are a dubiously useful weather control experiment and a flooded gold mine. If someone were to reclaim some of the old glory of Oltar Ugosh, though, that would be another matter…
As it just happens, there is someone in town right now who wants to do exactly that: the dwarf Grumble, who returned from exploring the passage connecting Oltar Ugosh and Greenstand. The rest of the way towards the deeper parts of Oltar Ugosh are blocked, but that is something which can be solved by some cheap hired labour and digging tools. And Grumble would probably also welcome some additional muscle to keep everyone safe in the unknown dark…
For some reason Gromnar Il-Khan considers such a convoluted plan of laying claim to Boltstrike Pillar worth the effort of making headway into reclaiming the old glory of Oltar Ugosh. He has promised the Trio not only riches but also his personal gratitude for resolving this situation in favour of the Thieves’ Guild…