- After being talked into accompanying a group of "businessmen"
hired to determine the cause of poisoning of candy from the Island
of Chult, Xenos was shipwrecked. Having to dodge raptors, undead
villagers, albino dwarves, and bad food was bad enough&emdash;but
the relief party mistook him for one of the undead (talk about
mistakes!) and stabbed him in the back.
- Well, that problem and the candy poisoning being solved, Xenos
boards a ship ostensibly for Balder's Gate (there being no local
chapter of the "Benevolent Order" in Waterdeep and the "business"
climate being somewhat grim for folks in that industry).
- Previously, Xenos had befriended a couple of fine young
fellows who had similar adventurous spirits. Ritter, Zane,
Straker, and Xenos had a few adventures (which ones aren't
) together. Now it seems, Ritter, Zane,
and a few of their friends got themselves into trouble over
guarding caravans, attacking people with snakes (or was that
attacking people who like snakes?) and gotten themselves lost
again. So, back to the land of the Philistines
- Back in Waterdeep, a painful reunion with his retired parents
(who disapprove of his carrying on in the family business, his
comrades, and his marital status). No sign of the lost friends. An
ivitation to a society ball turns Xenos' hopes of respectability
somewhat sour. Recognized by a few "old friends", Xenos is "asked"
to help some of his father's former "business partners" pay off an
old debt&emdash;but is not able to find the recipient of their
- On the trail south, after a few mishaps, the group finally
rescues the amatuers and gets hired by their friends' former
employer&emdash;who disappears, gets "rescued", leads them through
some nightmare underground city and betrays them into the current
crisis. Now they're all "willingly geased" to partner with a group
of super-intelligent, paranoid xenophobics who want them to march
up to the front door of a Necromancer (who apparently likes people
to mind their own business!) and demand that he hand over some
magic items and various biological specimens, and then return to
the underground city.
- All Xenos is looking for is a quiet little corner of town to
start his own guild to prevent the "Rich" from "getting richer"
and the "Poor" from "getting poorer". And he believes he can set
up a businees model that provides a win-win situation for everyone
(at least everyone that Xenos has in mind
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