Violet, hearing Quilqwen's discovery and summary of Hope's words, frowns, beneath her mask and hood, is a expression of worry and annoyance, "Fuck. Sounds like it's got something to do with that Orc's weird ass ritual and that book I had....which means...." She pulls out the heart again, and holds it in her hand, "I'll put good money that this thing is connected to it somehow."
"not much really. She doesn't speak much of her past, we only really know that her mother died at some point and that she's been on her own for a month or so. We an eye on her, but she's a good worker, doing any task we put in front of her. But she is very quiet and doesn't like to get too close to anyone. "
"It's all connected, of course, but how is the question. If Tailine's mentor would be a bit more forthcoming, then perhaps we could get somewhere. But as it is, we're stuck here with no real leads waiting for the shadows to take us. I don't suppose there's a gargantuan library that's been hidden around these parts, is there?"
"Oh yes, that mysterious 'L'. I suppose we could gather the townsfolk and have a meeting, try to see if anyone will run if we pressure them. He most likely was the one who the goblin was delivering payment to."
Estellen walks over to the barkeep to whisper in his ear, "We need you to gather up the original people of this town and bring them to a square of some sort, do you think you could manage that?"
Violet, shrugs and quickly decides that whatever is about to happen, isn't for her and moves outside to keep playing/attuning to the heart she got. It was clear that it and that stupid book voice thing, had something to do with what was going on, and she wasn't going to get more answers by playing it safe.
Making her way to the roof of the inn (if possible) she'll focus on the heart. She makes sure to grab a bottle a booze before heading up though, chances were, she was going to need the drink later.
Walking back to the kitchen area Quilqwen asks Hope if she likes animals and if she would like to help him feed some of the local animals. Either way he then goes about the town making seeds, leaves, flowers, etc to attract any wild or domestic animals he can. While he feeds them he uses his Speech of the Woods to ask them if they have seen any more unusual things today. More goblins or moving shadows or anything else that doesn't belong. If Hope happens to go along he gently encourages her to try feeding the animals and helps her anyway he can. Trying to get her to relax and open up a bit.
It’s one of the guard’s birthdays today, most of them will be drunk. If you attack tonight it will be easy. Just make sure I get my reward. L.
(That's note from way back that I assume someone kept)
Estellen: "Given what's just happened, I don't think many people would turn up... But L.... I think I remember a halfling with a name beginning with L, bit of a shifty looking type too. Give me a moment"He heads to the back for a moment, returning with a large, leather bound book. He spends a moment looking through a few pages before spinning the book around and pointing at a name Lexand. "There, that's the guy. Haven't seen him in here since. Could still be around somewhere though with all the confusion"
Quilqwen: She goes along with it, feeding a few, but is still quite wary. She doesn't mention anything new, but it doesn't seem like she's hiding anything. The animals haven't seen any goblins or shadows, but they say that something in the air feels wrong.
With Doc having gone outside after speaking to the Tiefling girl, Quil and Hope would have noticed that Doc is now nowhere to be found, and the animals would have mentioned they saw him walking along the road, holding a sealed letter in his hand.
Quilqwen - (To be clear I am not meaning to pump Hope for any more info. Just trying to make a friend.)
Quilqwen wonders about Doc’s sudden departure but let’s him go. Assuming that at some point Quilqwen and Hope run into Estellen he will ask the animals about the halfling the elf is looking for as well.
Estellen will find Quilqwen, Violet, Tailine, and Jartrin and speak to them all, "I feel like we've reached a dead end in this town. We may have to search outside for more information. What say you all?"
Finding Violet on the roof, she gives you a dirty eyeball as she's trying to focus on that weird heart thing from earlier, but just sighs after a moment and waves at you, "Yah yah, whatever. If you guys want to leave, I'm down for it."