I tilt my head to one side, "What is this about your mother? You keep bringing her up. How old are you, anyway?"
I point a gnarled black finger at him, "Don't you think you're old enough at this point to pick a career without asking your mum first?"
"It's complicated. The important thing is that she never, ever finds out."
"What's so dangerous about that?"
Norman opens his mouth to answer, but he's drowned out by a human warrior who yells, "I'm going to rape her!" He's pointing at another adventurer to indicate his intended victim.
It's a bit odd, since she seems to be at least a match for him. Nevertheless, she cowers at his feet and cries out, "No! I don't want to be raped!"
"If you rape her I will kill you!" booms a voice from outside the inn. Someone obviously feels very strongly about this situation, but isn't quite worked up enough to come in here and get involved.
A grim looking night elf who is warming himself by the summer afternoon fire observes, "In the future, rape is a felony."
Norm sprints outside with his hands over his ears so that none of the crazy leaks in.
"So where to now, boss?" I ask once we emerge into the lazy, late-afternoon melee of Goldshire.
"We need to find Marshal Dughan," he replies.
"The head of the militia here in Goldshire. Marshal McBride gave me this document," Norman holds up a letter. "It's addressed to Dughan."
"Congratulations!" Marshal Dughan says after he's looked over the documents. "It says here you've been awarded acting deputy status with the Stormwind Marshals."
"Splendid!" Norman says.
"And good luck!", Dughan adds. "Keeping Elwynn forest safe is no picnic ... what with most of the army busy doing who knows what for who knows which noble!"
"Will I be getting some official armor or anything?" Norman asks.
"Oh. Well, do I get any sort of insignia to denote my new status? Maybe a badge or a document to verify ..."
"No. Nothing like that.", Dughan says.
"So ... do you actually plan on telling anyone I'm a deputy?"
Dughan thinks for a moment, "Probably not."
"So what do I get?"
"You get to investigate the Fargodeep mine. I've got reports of Kobolds there. I'd like you to go and confirm this."
Next Week: You. Must. Be. Joking.