Sweet Bridge Motte and Bailey The Men at Arms on guard at the gateway to the Bailey nod you through the entrance, as you make your way to the meeting with D'Pont. The Sheriff is waiting for you with a smile on his face. Standing to his left is a grimmer faced, fair haired female warrior. For those that are being observant, you will notice off to the left, there are stables. To the right there appears to be sleeping quarters for Men at Arms and closest to the gate house leading to the Motto, a round stone walled, thatched roof building, with a sign 'Banking House' above the door. Lounging outside the sleeping quarters are maybe half a dozen Men at Arms and you could be mistaken for thinking that they maybe taking bets on something. "Welcome again my friends" beams D'Pont "I trust you had a great evening and have had a good time shopping in our village. I know our Traders welcome your business, even though its with my money" he chuckles. "I am sure that they all explained about how things work here. Trading in used goods for better gear. I have know Mr Cohan for a very long time and he always likes a bargain". "I am sorry as I had hoped to give you all more time to get to know each other better, but events have moved on somewhat. One of our most trusted Merchants Sylus Ruges is long over due. He should have been here some two days ago. I fear for his safety and would ask that your first quest for me is to find him". Pausing to take breath he continues "To achieve this I have asked Carla to assist you with this mission" indicating the fair haired fighter at his side. As Carla steps forward you; if you are looking, you will notice that she is wearing leather armour that has a silver inlay around the edges. She is carrying a long sword with silver inlay around the handle and a short bow of an intricate design. On her left hand she is wearing a plain white metal ring, with what looks like a shield embossed on it. "Okay team" with lots of emphasis on the last word "If you do not have any questions, then lets get this done" she says, hefting her backpack onto her shoulders. Carla leads the way out of the village and turns North on the road sign posted towards Hommlet. Some people notice you leaving. Sam Vice the Blacksmith waves his hammer over his head "You know where to find me" he shouts, before going back to fashioning horse shoes out of the red hot metal. As you walk passed the Church; followed by several of the village children, you may notice Father Thomas giving you a blessing. "Spare some loose change Lords and Lady's" the children chant as they run alongside you, accompanied by the occasional tug on a loose piece of clothing or backpack. The Road North showing Sweet Bridge in the distance Very quickly you leave the village behind, following Sweet Water river on your right. The river valley is fairly flat, with woodland on both sides, the occasional clearing with a small thatched cottage. Smoke coming from the chimneys show that they are lived in. It is obvious to all that any disruption to the supplies reaching or leaving the village, would have dire circumstances to the occupants.