Skara Brae's craftsmen have always been an
industrious lot, since hard work strengthens the spirit so dear to the residents
of this township. This month, however, their work ethic has been put to a harsh
test, as a large number of huge requests for their work has been received.
"It's incredible", explains Devin, a carpenter. "Normally at this
time of the year, people only request replacement furniture for redecorating
their homes a bit and maybe replace a broken table or two. But this year...
First the housing boom, and now this fellow who comes in and orders several
thousand boards! Not furniture, not chests, just the boards. What could someone
possibly want to do with just boards, let alone several thousand?"
His partner, the lumberjack Edward, agrees. "I am going to have to travel
far a field, maybe as far as Yew, to find all that wood", he explains.
"And even then it's going to be rough. I have three people already all over
the forest and I'm going to have to add two more or I'm not going to meet
Other craftsmen, running the gamut of Skara Brae's market, have received similar
outlandish requests. "With my neighbor passed away and his lands in the
hands of some merchant, I have the largest farm of the region", the farmer
Joseph announces proudly. "I didn't expect the kind of order I'd get,
though. Lord Agnacio asked to make ready enough food for well over two hundred
people!" The benefits of this unexpected boom extend to other Britannian
cities. "I've had to import all kinds of cattle from all over
Britannia", Dwayne recounts. "And I'm going to have to do the same
with grain and vegetables."
The person responsible for this mini-boom is none other than the famed Lord
Agnacio, Skara Brae's wealthiest nobleman. Met by our reporters at his manor,
Agnacio was mysterious as to the whys and wherefores of his orders. "You'll
see", was his message. "I promise you won't be disappointed. I am
going to resurrect a long-lost Skara Braean tradition", was the most he
Whatever Lord Agnacio is planning, it must be soon, if the time limits of the
orders is any guide. "Requests for rounded stones are already pretty
rare", explains Gwen, a stonecutter of Skara Brae. "Spires and round
towers are completely out of fashion. But the man not only wants them, he gave
me less than a week to cut them!" She indicates she will have to hire
additional apprentices to finish the job in time without neglecting her other
customers. The specifics of the order are also puzzling. "With the
curvature he asks for, whatever he intends to build can't be more than two paces
But the gold is too good to pass up. "Twelve coins a stone - - thrice the
usual price!" says Gwen with a glint in her eye. "Whoever it is, he
has a lot of gold to throw about", Devin concurs. "Agnacio paid me
twice the usual fare for the boards!" "And then he negotiated a price
with me for getting the logs", Edward adds. "I tried to tell him that
Devin's price already included my own fee, but he'd hear none of it." In
total, he counts, the boards will give the pair four times their usual revenue.
"I don't know why Agnacio wants any of these", Gwen concludes,
"but if he's willing to spend so much gold, we'll do our best to accommodate