At the time of the first game most of the characters are acquaintances, having grown up in Sandpoint with mutual friends (see What Came Before for details). Antax is the only PC new to town. As the opening scene unfolds:
- Antax has been working for Ameiko at the Rusty Dragon for a few months. Though his food is excellent, his presence disturbs the more vocal regulars.
- Paz has just returned from a 3 month trade trip with friend and caravan owner, Sandru Vhiski.
- Rillka and her mentor Shelalu have returned to town for supplies and Rillka is enjoying a drink at the bar while catching up with Ameiko.
- Keiko (aka: Locke), has been in Sandpoint for only one socially-awkward night. She sits in the dining area, journaling and examining her feelings about her sister, her recently deceased father, and her place, if any, in Sandpoint.
|R -> L: Harold Olver, Liam and brothers (in red), Antax, Keiko (Locke), Paz and Adrezi, Rillka|
Conflict at The Rusty Dragon
Apprentice blacksmith Harold Olver, his friend Liam, and Liam's younger brothers are eating and drinking in the Rusty Dragon's dining room when Antax slithers by to serve Locke.
Harold Olver wrinkles his nose. "Do you smell something? Smells like dead fish."
Liam Cooper and his two younger brothers laugh into their ale.
"Yeah. What is that?" Liam asks. "Is it this nasty soup?"
Harold sniffs the air, then his gaze falls on Antax. "No, it ain't the soup. Hear that, Anthrax? Liam thinks your soup's nasty."
"I am ssorry," Antax says. "Would you like ssomething elsse?"
"Want nothing from you, snakehead," Harold snaps.