The Sun is setting as you wander through the gate into the Oasis. The Oasis is awakening after a long, hot day. People are preparing for a good night's travel. Your bones ache after traveling from the nearest outpost under the relentless sun. The evening breeze is moist and cool. You realize just how thirsty you are and look for somewhere to get some water. Occupying the west half of the enclosure, there is a still pool in the center of a stand of palm trees to your left. You dip your hand in the water and take an invigorating drink.
Sitting down on the edge of the pool, you look more closely at your surroundings. There are several mud-brick buildings within the walls enclosing the Oasis. The aroma of freshly cooked food drifts from a building on the north which bears a sign labelled Parched Throat Tavern. Ahead of you, on the east, is the largest building which flies the flags of Sommerlund and of the Order of the Kai. You guess that this building serves as the Command Post and barracks for the Kai warriors that run the Oasis. To one side of the barracks, you notice a small, non-descript building. You ask a passing Kai monk "Greetings. My name is Traveller. What is the purpose of that small building there?" Glancing over her shoulder, she replies "That's old Dusty Shelf's Study. You're welcome to visit but if you're looking for conversation, I'd look elsewhere."
Your legs disagree with your decision to get up to investigate the Oasis. . .
Updated: 13 July 2000