Stonebridge was a decently-sized but sleepy town. Its narrow, cobblestone streets were lined on either side by tightly-packed buildings, and in general the town had a pleasant atmosphere. The smell of the Plains of Illikon wafted through the streets, doing its best to carry off the various stenches of civilization.
During the day, the town bustled with activity. During the night, it fell utterly silent as the superstitious folk locked themselves tightly in their homes. Only the inns remained as bastions of activity. Night cast particular darkness on Stonebridge, its alleys becoming pits of the blackest shadow.
Although there are many places of interest in Stonebridge, the primary landmarks in the town for people passing through are often considered as follows:
Aedan’s Roost – A very nice inn. It is spacious and large. They have good, strong ale and serve nice meals, especially for the price. Not top-notch tavern, but good for common folk.
The Besieged Barrel – The best inn in town. Higher class, even larger than the Roost. Best rooms, food, and drink one could ask for. However, it’s extremely expensive. A hangout for the upper-class of the town.
Mabel’s Mules – A small stable at which various animals are sold, mostly mules, though they also sell horses and donkeys.
Blackmetal Forge – The local blacksmith.
The Bridge – Obviously, Stonebridge’s namesake is an important landmark. It is known among the locals, though perhaps word has not yet spread to many other locations yet, that the mighty bridge of stone that crosses over the Ilfarius River is home to a stone troll. He sometimes asks for taxes from those who cross the bridge he maintains, but the taxes are always light; often he is willing to accept a simple shiny bauble. But he isn't a morning person, so travelers have learned to cross the bridge in early mornings rather than late nights or any other time of day, as he often will not bother asking for a toll during the earliest hours.
The town also contains many other merchants, such as tanners, clothiers, and more. This should by no means be taken as a complete list of points of interest.
Caiden looked at Soothand again once he had donned all his gear and slung his crossbow over his shoulder again. “We’d better get moving,” he said. “It’s almost morning, and we should get a little bit of an early start.”
With that, he led the way out of the inn room. Ferris was wandering the halls looking for everyone, and Caiden nodded for him to follow. The three of them set off downstairs, but Agethar and Krilda couldn’t help but awaken at hearing the sounds of their footsteps. Maugrimm the bloodhound lifted his head and huffed to further let them know what was going on.
Soothand and Ferris continued onward to the stables while Caiden made a brief stop to get Faridah. “We’re going after Tom… you can pass out on my horse’s back if you have to,” he added, forcing a brief, dry smirk.
The four of them met up at the stables, where Ferris had already prepared Caiden’s horse for departure. However, Caiden opted to walk on foot while they rode – since his stallion was large enough to carry three, and he needed to do some tracking, anyway.
Arranged in this manner, Soothand, Faridah, Ferris, and Caiden set off through the southern gates of Stonebridge in search of the missing Tom Drake.
However, at this same moment, the Inquisitors Kristina, Marcus, and Cassius arrived in town, both on horseback. They rode up just in time to see their previous companions disappearing from town.