Vincent, a particularly hateful and ambitious lowly clerk, is plotting to get a promotion. It doesn't hurt that his boss, a merchant by the name of Horrum, is a thieving, double-crossing, pompous ass. Vincent has sprinkled rumors in the tavern hoping to find an interested group of adventurers. He knows Horrum is planning on selling to a new evil cult. Vincent knows adventurers hate evil cult. It couldn’t have worked out better.
This low-level encounter is definitely geared toward a fun role-playing opportunity. You’ve got a loud mouth merchant with a few guards and a friend who is a low-level mage with a Sleep spell, dealing with a pair of new evil cult guys who are trying to get their evil machinations started. No one is a killer here. Horrum, while an awful person, doesn’t have the stone to kill anyone or order someone killed. If Jyvr sleeps the party, Horrum gives them to the evil cult. Who in turn are happy for it, but after a while not sure what to do with them.
Enjoy the Clerk of Vindicta everyone. Let me know if you use it in your game. I’d love to hear about it.