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Player: hi
Bertha: Greetings Player. Looking for a {trade}, I hope. Business is not going well.
Player: Svargrond
Bertha: These barbarians are still adapting to the city life but they do quite well I guess. They still lack interest in real trading and ... let's say they are a bit limited in their horizon.
Player: Thais
Bertha: I guess whole Thais is laughing at the failure of our operations.
Player: Carlin
Bertha: Carlin expects wonders of me. However, as long as they don't send some considerable help, they can wait until moss is growing in their hair.
Player: Edron
Bertha: They promised me these frozen lands could become for Carlin what Edron is for Thais. What a cruel joke.
Player: Venore
Bertha: Venore's power and greed is a constant threat to our operations.
Player: enemy
Bertha: Our major enemy are the trade barons of Venore of course. They never gained foothold here though. Given how bad business is progressing in this settlement, it is not such a big surprise. They probably simply lost interest.
Player: dwarf
Bertha: Sadly I could not win many dwarfs for our mining operations. They are probably afraid of Thais's reaction if it becomes known that they are helping us.
Player: elf
Bertha: The elves are of no great help. They do little to convince the spiritual leaders of the barbarians to help me.
Player: book
Bertha: My inventory of general goods and paperware is large, ask me for a {trade} to take a look.
Player: magic
Bertha: Ask a sorcerer or druid about that.
Player: yeti
Bertha: Another senseless tale of superstitious natives.
Player: cult
Bertha: Well, we heard of some strangers that travelled through this city. Not exchanging many words with the people here. The locals claim they headed straight to our old mines ...
Bertha: As far as I can tell though not much has changed at the mines. Our scouts are still attacked or even killed. So I assume the strangers were either killed or they are friends of the raiders ...
Bertha: I have no clue what has happened and I don't have the resources to find out.
Player: chakoya
Bertha: I think these chakoyas are only a tale to scare the local kids.
Player: monsters
Bertha: There are enough monsters around to make you think twice about leaving the city.
Player: bonelords
Bertha: Bonelords are one of the few threats of which we are spared here.
Player: barbarian
Bertha: All this cold seems to have frozen the brains of those people to solid ice.
Player: barbarian test or join
Bertha: If you pass some disgusting barbarian test, you might become what they call an honourary barbarian. Just talk to jarl Sven the Younger about this nonsense and don't bother me.
Player: weapon
Bertha: Robert sells that. Go and ask him about that.
Player: Robert
Bertha: You can buy general goods from me. For weapons and armor you rather see my assistant Robert at the arena in the mountains to the west.
Player: equipment
Bertha: My inventory of general goods and paperware is large, ask me for a {trade} to take a look.
Player: jarl
Bertha: The jarl here is of no great help. Our equipment and wood is welcome but we get little profit out of these deals.
Player: raiders
Bertha: Their presence is bad enough. The fact that they occupied the mines and that they hate us non-natives of this frozen rock makes things only worse.
Player: mines
Bertha: The mines are actually Carlin's property. If only the queen were sending soldiers, to get them back from this rabble. Venore is probably planning to take over these mines just as we are talking.
Player: queen
Bertha: The queen expects miracles of us. But there is little we can do as long as the barbarians claim these mines that actually belong to us.
Player: shaman
Bertha: That's how the local druids call themselves.
Player: Chyll
Bertha: That seems to be a god that the locals worship.
Player: Nibelor
Bertha: Nibelor is an isle on which the local druids dwell.
Player: years of serpents
Bertha: What a horrible threat those beasts have been. But if they hadn't vanished all of a sudden, we would never have stranded here.
Player: name
Bertha: I'm Bertha from Carlin.
Player: job
Bertha: I'm a trader by profession but here you could also call me the ambassador of Carlin. However, there is little I can do about our problems, and support from Carlin is virtually non-existent.
Player: mission or task
Bertha: Unless you can change the whole situation here, I don't have anything to do for you.
Player: king
Bertha: The pompous king of Thais might be involved in the take-over of our mines.
Player: gods
Bertha: The gods seem to be far away in this corner of the world.
Player: Uman
Bertha: We don't have many mages here that would serve Uman. Sorcerers are quite smart people, you know?
Player: Zathroth
Bertha: I think even the dark one does not care for these lands or is probably already done with it.
Player: Banor
Bertha: I'd like to see some knightly order cleansing this land in the name of Banor. But of course Banor's champions seek their glory in warmer areas.
Player: camps
Bertha: There are several camps of the raiders somewhere in the South-West. If you want to end up as dog food, just travel there.
Player: magic
Bertha: Ask a sorcerer or druid about that.
Player: druids
Bertha: The druids of Carlin have quite good connections to the local druids here.
Player: leader
Bertha: This city would need a new leader that wants to actively help our cause, but I don't see this happening any time soon.
Player: Ferumbras
Bertha: Well, HE would only be needed to make things worse over here.
Player: rumour
Bertha: I have confirmed information that Excalibug lies deep in the mines. If you manage to find it, you would be the biggest hero and everybody would know your name! ...
Bertha: Imagine that: King Player, who found Excalibug and saved the world !!! Sounds good, huh??
Player: Excalibug
Bertha: I toyed with the idea to spread the rumour that Excalibug might be hidden in the mines. I think if enough adventurers were lured into the mines, they might drive out the ones that occupy them now ...
Bertha: So do me a favour, when somebody asks about Excalibug, tell them it's down there in those mines.
Player: news
Bertha: News? Are you mocking me? Almost any news would be good news. As long as it concerns Carlin's affairs, nothing seems to change for the better.
Player: offer
Bertha: My inventory of general goods and paperware is large, ask me for a {trade} to take a look.
Player: how are you?
Bertha: It could definitely be better but thanks for asking. I hope you're fine yourself.
Player: bye
Bertha: Bye Player.

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