The young noble. we later learned his name was Gaiden, was with the House de Carabas these Imperial folks place a lot of importance on these houses and de Carabas is apparently a ruler of a large portion of the recently split Empire.
He was of course angry at the violation of his his mother’s ashes and required the caravan to stop at the nearby town of Tiamat’s Hold. I was not looking forward to the prospect. People in this land take their worship far too seriously and with Dimitri’s month-old fervor for his his goddess displayed quite prominently I was silently preparing the litany of Tiamat from half read half remembered texts. However, this was not necessary. I suppose they call it dumb luck for a reason, and Dimitri certainly has a measure of it.
The town is a shame, and a rather clever one at that. Tiamat’s Hold outwardly denies entry to all who profess to worship Tiamat claiming they are not devout enough to enter. However, beneath the surface the town serves as a bastion for those who worship the good gods of the land. The disguise is thin, but serves well. Gaiden was magnanimous enough to forgive Dimitri and explore other ways to lay his mother’s remains to rest. For his part, Dimitri walked among the town like a child when the boats return, looking to see if his father brought him any trophies from a raid. There was much talk of the most pious Ziph or Siph, whatever the blasted dwarfs name is.
On the practical side of things the town was eager to purchase the procured goods we liberated from the Get, which provided some much needed coin.
We were back on the road later that day; however, the murders continue. It is beginning to grow concerning. Sara has complained incessantly of not feeling safe and pines for the security of a larger city. Silly girl as if a city will protect anyone, certainly not in this land. However, I do my best to consul her. Signe has taken the practical approach and attempted to convince the others in the caravan that staying together at night would reduce the likelihood of someone winding up dead; however, this was complicated yet again by the religious zealotry of Dimitri who managed to alienate several members who afterwards refused to join the rest of the caravan.