The Shadowmarch Sandwich

Part 4 of “The Ebon Shroud”

A fortnight since Eldric’s revelations, The Burly Earl thrummed with a quiet intensity. Rumors of ‘The Ebon Shard’ remained contained within its walls, known only to a select few who navigated the treacherous waters of ancient prophecies and impending doom.

A sandwich with roasted beef, lettuce, and tomato.

Asmund, now bearing the weight of foreknowledge, knew that acting discreetly was paramount. The relic’s potential resurgence was a ticking clock, and time was slipping away.

Asmund recognized the need to rally allies. The threat looming over Neverwinter was not one to be faced alone, and the intricate web of his vast network would be put to the test.

As The Burly Earl began its day, a swift messenger named Liora, known for her discreetness and speed, entered. Her appearance was unassuming, and her entrance almost ghostly in its quietude. She bore a sealed missive, its wax emblem a symbol known only to a select few.

Asmund took the message, reading its contents with a grave expression. Liora waited patiently, sipping on a fresh brew, her sharp eyes scanning the tavern.

“You’re not typically the bearer of such messages, Liora,” Asmund remarked as he finished reading.

“The Harpers move where the shadows grow deepest,” she replied, her voice a hushed tone.

Reading the contents, Asmund’s expression darkened. “The Ebon Shroud… its history, its threat…” he murmured, more to himself.

Liora, sensing the gravity of the situation, leaned in, “I’ve heard whispers too. The Underdark stirs, and the surface world isn’t the only realm in turmoil.”

Asmund, lost in thought for a moment, quickly scribbled a response on a fresh piece of parchment. Folding it, he handed it to Liora. “This needs to reach Graymar. He must be informed.”

Liora, securing the message, met his gaze, “Finding Graymar won’t be a challenge. The Harpers have eyes everywhere.”

Asmund sensed Liora’s long journey and weariness. “Before you depart,” he began, signaling for a meal, “you must try our latest creation.”

The “Shadowmarch Sandwich” arrived at their table, its aroma immediately tantalizing. Layers of succulent roasted beef, crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and fragrant herbs were all held together by slices of fresh, crusty bread. A tangy mustard sauce, drizzled generously, added a zesty kick, promising both flavor and sustenance.

Liora, initially hesitant, took a bite, and her eyes widened in surprise. “This is… incredible,” she admitted, clearly taken aback by the depth of flavors. “I’ve had many a meal on the road, but this… this is something else.”

Asmund chuckled, “It’s a specialty here. Designed for those who need sustenance for the long journeys ahead. The blend of ingredients not only fills the stomach but also invigorates the spirit.”

Liora took another bite, savoring the taste. “It’s a meal fit for a king, yet perfect for a messenger on the go. You’ve outdone yourself, Asmund.”

With her spirits lifted and her energy restored by the sandwich, Liora prepared to depart, now equipped with Asmund’s message for Graymar. The weight of their tasks was substantial, but moments like these, shared over exceptional food, offered a glimmer of hope amidst the shadows.

Shadowmarch Sandwich

Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Beef, sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 lb roasted beef, thinly sliced
  • 1 fresh baguette or rustic bread cut into sandwich-sized portions
  • 4-6 lettuce leaves washed and dried
  • 2 ripe tomatoes sliced
  • 1/4 red onion thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2 tbsp fresh herbs parsley, basil, or cilantro, chopped
  • 4 tbsp mustard sauce see below for recipe
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Butter or olive oil for spreading optional

Mustard Sauce

  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Prepare the Mustard Sauce:

  • a. In a small bowl, whisk together Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar.
  • b. Season with salt and pepper according to taste. Mix well until smooth. Set aside.

Assemble the Sandwich:

  • a. Slice the baguette or rustic bread in half lengthwise.
  • b. If you like, you can lightly butter the inside or drizzle with a bit of olive oil for added flavor.
  • c. Layer the bottom half of the bread with lettuce leaves.
  • d. Add a generous portion of the roasted beef slices, ensuring they’re evenly spread.
  • e. Layer on the tomato slices and red onion, if using.
  • f. Drizzle or spread the mustard sauce over the beef and vegetables.
  • g. Sprinkle the fresh herbs over the top.
  • h. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • i. Place the top half of the bread on the sandwich, pressing down slightly.

Serve and Enjoy:

  • a. Using a sharp knife, cut the sandwich into desired portions.
  • b. Serve immediately with a side of chips, pickle, or a fresh salad.

Character Information

Liora – Female Elf Rogue

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Liora
Medium humanoid (elf), any alignment
Armor Class 18 (studded leather)
Hit Points 33 (6d8 + 6)
Speed 30 ft.
STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
10 (+0) 18 (+4) 12 (+1) 13 (+1) 14 (+2) 16 (+3)
Saving Throws DEX +6, INT +3
Skills Acrobatics +6, Deception +5, Insight +4, Investigation +3, Perception +4, Persuasion +5, Sleight of Hand +6, Stealth +6
Damage Resistances Necrotic
Damage Immunities None
Condition Immunities None
Senses Darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages Common, Elvish, Thieves’ Cant
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)
Fey Ancestry. You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t put you to sleep.
Trance. Elves do not need to sleep. Instead, they meditate deeply for 4 hours a day.
Spellcasting. Liora is a 4th-level spellcaster. Her spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 13, +5 to hit with spell attacks). She knows the following spells:
Cantrips (at will): Mage Hand, Minor Illusion, Prestidigitation
1st level (4 slots): Charm Person, Disguise Self, Silent Image
2nd level (2 slots): Invisibility, Suggestion
Actions
Multiattack. Liora makes two attacks: one with her Shortsword and one with her Shortbow.
Shortsword. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d6 + 4) piercing damage.
Shortbow. Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, range 80/320 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d6 + 4) piercing damage.

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