Lady Matron in Yartar, Mother of Artan
Mother of Artan, the young nobleman that washed up on the dessarin River in a cocoon.
Lady Dezhia can offer some information that might be helpful to the party:
· Waterbaron Nestra Ruthiol was very interested in Artan's disappearance, and Lady Dezhia got the distinct impression that Artan wasn't the only noble to have gone missing in the recent weeks.
· At the mention of a woman in a purple dress, Dezhia comments that it might be one of the 'Hand of Yartar', the all-female thieves' guild. She doesn't know where they reside, but suggests that looking for 'hardened women in sordid places' might be a way to get in contact with them.
· The Grand Dame is only for fools with more coin that sense.
She refuses to pay anything more than 100 gold pieces for the party's aid in returning Artan. However, she'll entice the party with a job offer:
'Our family priest will have a look at his condition. In the meanwhile, I must know who our enemies are, so that they can be dealt with. I also see that the boy has carelessly lost his family pendant. It is an irreplaceable heirloom that must be returned to the house.'
Lady Dezhia offers a reward of 500 gold pieces if they can learn what happened to Artan, and another 500 gold pieces for retrieving the pendant (which is a capital R engraved with emeralds into an onyx disk). If the party press her, she'll agree to pay half of the prize up front.