The usually peaceful metropolis of Absalom has been unusually violent, and the seeds of turmoil are beginning to take root. Gangs and thieves run the streets almost unchecked, and the usually cooperative houses seem to be at each other's throats. Fortunately, for a party of adventurers, there is much work in the city. For your own reasons: coin, fame, or a sense of duty, you find yourself in the The Briny Bride, a tavern in the Docks district, where an interested party has asked adventurers to help him with a little problem, promising gold in return.