The woman stands with her back to you by the window overlooking the river docks of Blackport. It is well after business hours, and the large but cluttered office is lit more by the moon than the two low-wicked lamps within.
She remains gazing silently at the view until the murmur and shuffling sounds of those arriving cease.
"I was a young woman when my father began this company... started with just three teams of wagons and drivers... pitifully equipped guards. As his enterprise grew, I made clear my intention to earn my birthright... rather than just inherit. And I worked hard for many years as a dutiful grunt, but on my first journey through the Badlands to Brisson's Bay, my caravan was ambushed by bandits. As I was about to be brutally slain by our attackers - as those in my father's employ had been, fate brought a young man and his entourage to intercede. That young man happened to be Yvek Hassashar... nephew of the Dust King."
She turns to face you, and looks you over as she pours herself a glass of white wine. "We have had an ongoing business relationship since then, and have in fact Balash Lectordine helped fund a manufacturing facility in the Rhanate with enough work to employ a sizable settlement. In return Yvek Hassashar - upon being named Rhan, was to secure a viable trade route from Burcham's Pass to Brisson's Bay."
"The greater parties were budgeted to profit enough to accept the endeavor, but not enough to commit any aid. Provisional fees and taxes so everyone would get paid.. except for the bandits. Which brings us to the issue at hand. The bandits have taken over the facility, and full control of the settlement. Rhan Hassashar is poised to strike, but knows he has a mole among his ranks... and this must be a decisive victory if he is to hold any power."
"We need a small team - with no ties to nation or organization - to make a tactical strike, and retreat undetected to an airship we will have waiting out of the enemy's view. Rhan Hassashar is confident this would aid in both outing his mole, and his subsequent strike upon the bandit insurrection."
"I have faith in the scouting Bovis and Moegan have done in selecting you. I am asking for three days of service. You will each receive a signing bonus of 300 gold, 100 gold for each day of the operation, and 1000 gold upon successful completion."