As the day began in Rinn Town, Poly the gnome strode the grounds for the upcoming festival. Throughout, people of all races were setting up their booths and unpacking their wares. One table caught her eye, that of Nebel Dalbones, another gnome. Poly decided to help the other gnome in setting up the booth.
Raven Mourner, a human from the Northern country of Pevenath, was in town for the festival. Though he was looking for noble questing opportunities, he had to settle for helping an ageing wheelwright. The wheelwright needed to carry out a heavy anvil from inside his shop, so as to ply his trade in the good weather. After the two of them dragged the anvil out the front door, the wheelwright dropped his end in surprise: the half-finished wheel outside his shop was now completely crafted. As the two stared in wonder, the door to the shop toppled forward, detached from its hinges. Raven noticed a metallic wasp-like creature perched on the door frame. It took off and flew down the lane; Raven followed.
Meanwhile, Thorial the elf was also browsing the festival grounds. After noticing a motley group at one booth, Thorial joined Nebel’s helpers just in time for the gnome crafter to unveil his wares. An assortment of wind-up toys, self-propelled gadgets and small automatons rolled around the display table. After a small crowd gathered, Nebel pulled out a case from behind the table, “Ladies and gents… I have here in this case two wonders of magic and mechanics! They can repair almost anything given to them! Behold!”
And the case was quite empty.