Norzira had been traveling for days when she finally arrived in Neverwinter. She was exhausted and hungry and hoped to find some work and a warm meal.
Her search in Phandalin for an enchanted amulet did not go as planned. While she found the entrance to the abandoned temple in the foothills, a group of adventurers had beaten her there.
Skilled as she was, she risk of taking on a squad of unknown adventurers alone outweighed the reward promised by Keth Bloodfist, her employer.
As she made her way through the crowded streets, she noticed a poster advertising a bounty for a group of goblin raiders that had been causing trouble in the nearby countryside. The reward was substantial, and Norzira knew she could use the money.
What caught her eye on the poster was the drawing of the goblin leader – he had a distinctive scar above his left eye. Norzira recognized the scar immediately and felt a chill run down her spine.
It was the same scar that her old enemy, Vazek, had always boasted about. Vazek had been a drow warrior who had made Norzira’s life a living hell in her younger days. She thought he had died in a fight years ago, but apparently, he was still causing trouble.
Norzira decided to head to the Burly Earl to grab a meal and gather more information about the reward. She had heard rumors that the owner, Asmund, was a great cleric and often helped adventurers with quests and the fencing of treasure.
As she walked into the bustling tavern, the smell of roasted meats and ale filled her senses. She scanned the room and saw Asmund, a tall, broad-shouldered man with a kind smile, tending to customers.
Norzira took a seat in a dark corner and ordered a meal, all while keeping an eye on Asmund. She had learned to be cautious and aware of her surroundings, especially in unfamiliar places. As she ate, she scanned the crowd for potential threats, noting possible exits in case things went south.
After a few moments, Norzira noticed a hooded figure watching her from across the room. She couldn’t see their face, but how they stared at her made her uneasy. Norzira finished her meal quickly and made her way toward the door, keeping an eye on the hooded figure as she went.
As she approached the door, Asmund noticed her and called out to her. “Is everything alright, my dear?” he asked, seeing the look on her face.
Norzira took a deep breath and approached Asmund. “Everything’s fine,” she said, trying to sound casual. “Just keeping an eye out for trouble.” She gestured towards the hooded figure, who was still watching her.
Asmund nodded understandingly. “I see,” he said. “We get all sorts in here, but we do our best to keep the peace.” He glanced towards the hooded figure and then back at Norzira. “Is there something I can help you with?”
Norzira hesitated for a moment, weighing her options. Finally, she decided to take a chance and see if Asmund could be trusted. “Actually, I’m looking for information about a bounty,” she said. “A group of goblin raiders that have been causing trouble.”
Asmund nodded knowingly. “Ah yes, I’ve heard about that,” he said. “There have been a lot of rumors lately about goblin activity in the countryside. Some say a particularly dangerous individual is leading them.”
Norzira’s heart skipped a beat. “What do you know about this individual?” she asked, trying to keep her voice steady.
Asmund leaned in closer. “I’ve heard that he’s a drow warrior with a distinctive scar above his left eye,” he whispered. “A real nasty piece of work, from what I understand.”
Norzira felt a chill run down her spine. “Do you know where I can find him?” she asked.
Asmund hesitated for a moment. “I don’t have that information myself,” he said. “But I may know someone who does.” He glanced around the tavern and then back at Norzira. “Meet me here tomorrow night,” he said. “I’ll introduce you to someone who might be able to help.”
Norzira nodded, grateful for any lead she could get. She made her way towards the door, watching the hooded figure as she went.
As Norzira made her way towards the door, Asmund stopped her. “Wait a moment,” he said. “Before you go, you simply must try our specialty dessert, apple and cinnamon bread pudding. It’s a favorite among our regulars.”
Norzira hesitated momentarily, but the thought of a sweet treat reminded her of a happier time in her childhood. She nodded, and Asmund smiled and signaled for one of the servers to bring over the dessert.
The dessert was a warm apple and cinnamon bread pudding drizzled with a rich caramel sauce. The aroma alone was enough to make Norzira’s mouth water. She took a bite and closed her eyes, savoring the flavors and the memories they brought back.
Apple And Cinnamon Bread Pudding
- 6 cups of day-old bread cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 cups of milk
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 2 cups of peeled and chopped apples
- 1/2 cup of raisins optional
- 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts optional
- 1/2 cup of caramel sauce
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well combined.
- Add the bread cubes to the bowl and mix until the bread is coated in the egg mixture.
- Fold in the chopped apples, raisins, and walnuts (if using).
- Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread it out evenly.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the pudding is set.
- Let the pudding cool for a few minutes, then drizzle the caramel sauce over the top.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
Norzira – Female Half-Drow GunslingerNorzira
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