ow Bang Chow has made his way around the Serpents Pass and, after charting passage on a ferry, arrives at Morhall Village. He received a letter by messenger hawk from High General Reibesch informing Fow Bang Chow that the man who owns the keep goes by the name of Ortho, and that the town guard captain has been told to expect your arrival. Ba Sing Se has agreed to recognize your guild as a stand alone organization as long as:
- You purchase the land as a private buyer
- You do not officially fly the banner of any recognized world faction (as Ba Sing Se is still officially neutral)
- You may enact your own laws on your estate, but your keep is still under the Jurisdiction of the Earth King. As such, any citizens that are allowed as guests or residents on your land are still under the protection of Ba Sing Se law, and any violations of said laws are still subject to prosecution by the courts of the Earth King.
- You will either have Ba Sing Se guards to patrol your grounds (in which case you would pay us a monthly fee) or you must privately contract your own guards, in which they must be trained and certified in the administration of Ba Sing Se law and order.
Morhall is a moderately sized village, consisting mainly of agriculture production. Recently however, the valley has grown busy and crowded as the troops of Ba Sing Se have fortified the city. It has become a supply depot and forward operating base for the kings army. As such, there has been a rampant increase in places that cater to the needs of such inhabitants. Brothels, Taverns, and Smithies are among some of the blossoming industries. As the ferry pulls into harbor, a few Earthbender guards smile and wave Fow over.
Fow Bang Chow is greeted by the guards, and they point him towards the Drunken Carp tavern, where he will likely find the man selling the keep. He is a blind hermit by the name of Ortho, and will likely be with his panda “Big Buddha”. The bar is full of soldiers and craftsman, everyone seems to be in pleasant company. Ortho is a sitting at a table off to the side smoking a pipe. He has a staff by his side and a large panda is sitting up at the table drinking from a bowl of ale and munching on bamboo. The man tells Fow to meet him at his estate, for it is not safe to speak of such things in public.