shale meets “White”, who offers deal.
deal offered to others as well; ben offers to take penalty upon himself. NDAs signed with help from “Gold” the dwarf and “Green” the hemophobic gnome. ben deftly tricks everyone into thinking he actually signed NDA; pig somewhere far away fears for its life.
tour of the First Step
first mission is accepted: break into one of the four towers of the Arcane Congress and steal an artifact valuable to First Step research.
break-in and acquisition successful – books acquired as well.
group convinces herd of Hogwarts-style apprentice wizards that show up to scram