"You know, he's much better this way!" Talnin says to Uldran with a satisfied grin.
"I saw a path earlier through the mountains that takes us away from both the bandits and these caves. I wouldn't mind going there, except...I wouldn't know what to do with our prisoner over here. "
A slight pause.
"So I'm thinking of something really crazy right now. Did you see that their leader wasn't shooting the griffin that you and I were on, Uldran?" Talnin says to the vampire. "These must not be like normal goblins - maybe their kin mean more than I thought. And you saw how loyal these guys are to their 'boss'. We've got to at least try to reason with him. He seems to call all the shots here, maybe he will understand that we only defended ourselves if we only get the chance to talk to him."
Talnin takes the captured Akki, making sure he's still bound by rope, and heads back into the cave. His movement is cautious, but he does not slink about in the shadows - he wants the Akki to know that he knows they know he's here.
Although he still holds the captured Akki in front of him with one hand for good measure. His other hand is raised, attempting to not look threatening.
"I'd like to speak to your boss...please." Talnin calls into the cavern.
"We don't want to fight - you have us outnumbered and we have come back with this fellow here when we could have escaped." Although Talnin couldn't see any other Akki, he was fairly certain that the cave was still full of them, if not lurking in the darkness immediately behind the leader.
Talnin lets the captured Akki go in what he hopes the Akki leader will appreciate as a sign of good faith.
"I'm sorry that we had to do what we did, but please understand that it was only in self-defence. None of us would kill in cold blood!" Despite his words though, he was admittedly uncertain about Uldran.
"We were just trying to find someone like you - someone who knows these parts - to help us find a goblin we are looking for. We weren't looking for trouble."
"He's just a little jittery is all!" Talnin says apologetically and raises his own hands to try and reassure the Akki leader. "We're only looking for that goblin. If there's anything at all you know that could help us, that's all we're asking for."
"Um....he'd be like one of you, but he's not from...these parts. He's from very far away. He would have looked very weird. He wouldn't have had a shell on his back like you, for one thing, and he may have had really big ears."
Talnin notices that the Akki have pretty small ears, so he pinches the tips of his own ears and pulls them, for effect.
"He stole something from some people back home, I...think you can figure out the rest."
Seeing the Akki leader's wariness, Talnin continues: "I don't know for sure if you guys are in league with the bandits in these parts, but from what I've seen today, you're not quite like them or I probably wouldn't be talking to you right now."
OOC: Talnin's not actually that calculating - he's just a 'good' guy at heart and was brought up with certain values...he is a White mage, after all. Of course, that could also be Uldran's Black worldview influencing his perception of other peoples' actions in terms he understands :p.
The tile in Talnin's pocket shatters unbidden, and a portal opens up next to the two. Greel stands at the other end. "We have an urgent issue. Return immediately. You can continue this later."
Before either get the chance to speak, they're pulled through the portal, landing back in Greel's office. The Mind Raker wastes no time in dragging their current results from their mind. "Not bad. At least you have a lead." A small pouch of gold is slid across the table. "For now, take this as a reward."
Quest closed temporarily. Both of you get get 3 XP and 75 gold for now, with options to resume at a later date.