Part 167: 1341: Ernalda's Oven
It may have cost us 101 cows, but a wedding does more to seal a friendship than simple cows do. It provides a nagging wife who constantly complains if they aren't being polite enough to the in-laws!
Now, before the fire season ends, it is time to raid the oath-breaking Jenestni.
We should consider allying with the turtles so we don't have to keep paying them admission fees to pass through their land.
With a brief Hollywood break in the middle, we sort of carry the day. Unfortunately, we don't actually get any loot.
They immediately retaliate... round two!
At least this time we got a horse. Oh, and crippled a seventy-two year old man. What was he doing with a sword, anyway?
Sora Goodseller, a trader-priestess of the Talking God, Issaries, comes to offer you what she says is a great treasure. The treasure is Ernalda's Oven. Bread cooked in the oven requires one-twentieth less grain than ordinary bread. Sora expects you to name a price.
Dicker with her, going no higher than 40 cows worth of goods.
Offer to trade her your treasure for the oven.
Plitely decline her offer; give her hospitality.
Refuse to dicker; offer 40 cows.
Actually, according to the legend, this oven made not by Ernalda, but by her great priestess Ornore Crust-Maker.
Although it would be splendid to own such an item, you can never really trust an Issaries trader.
I bargained with Sora several years ago, at the great market. I know her tricks.
If we needed one-twentieth less grain for each loaf of bread, we'd recover an investment of 60 cows over a three year period.