It was quite the bright day. Birds chirped while they were carried by the small gusts of wind that blew throughout the streets of Alliria. The city was, as always, bustling with commerce. Merchants were lined up on the streets, trying to sell their wares to the people who practically pranced throughout the Inner City of Alliria. For some reason, the Inner City had a brought out the spending nature of society. This left many citizens wanting to spend their coin oh so badly. It was days like this that Adonis found enjoyable. Today, however, was not such an enjoyable day. The sounds of Ceriyah's pacing echoed into the air that filled the main office of Alliria's Finest Wares Trading Co. Adonis sat in a cushioned chair opposite of his sister. He used the arm that he had propped up on the wooden desk between them to hold his head up as he watched his sister walk from wall to wall. She always got like this when there were stressing matters pertaining to the company, no matter how small. Adonis learned early on to just let her do what she needed to before speaking, it would save him a pounding. It didn't matter to her that she was only older by ten minutes, she was still the older sister and acted as such. Finally, Ceriyah stopped behind the desk and sat at the desk. With her hands folded upon the table, Adonis knew it was finally time for him to speak. "We've sent two scouts now, Ceri. Neither have returned. I think it's safe to say..." Ceriyah cut her brother off with a sharp wave of her hand. "I know this isn't just some case of the caravans running off with our goods and the other companies wouldn't dare try to ride our private trade route." A smile began to trickle across Adonis's face. "Then we can both agree that this is an issue that requires my set of skills." Ceriyah rolled her eyes at her brother's amusement. "I'm not saying I agree with you on anything, abaisd. I'm just saying there's an issue that needs to be tended to and that you didn't get a share of my husband's company for nothing." That statement roused a laugh from Adonis. "That I did not, dear sister. Rest assured, I had intention to go from the start. As a matter of fact, I've started looking for a group worthy of the coin I've offered." Ceriyah raised an eyebrow to her brother. "How much?" Adonis lifted his head from his hand in case he had to dodge any oncoming attacks. Small as Ceriyah may be, her time spent in Vel Anir had left her more than capable of cracking some skulls. "If word got out that we couldn't protect one of our most important routes, it would be bad for business." His sister's glare became harder. "How much, Adonis?" Adonis looked to the side to avoid looking into her eyes. "Twenty docatto per hire." Adonis swore he could see a vein bulging from Ceriyah's head as she tried to keep her composure. "Keep calm, Ceri. I'm only spending so much because I intend on bringing a small party. Men and women worthy of that amount of coin." As her anger began to settle, Ceriyah eyed her brother. "You have some in mind?" Adonis nodded. "A few. I've caught wind of a few people of interest in the city and have sent messengers to them. I've also spread word of the request through a couple of channels that I know. Rest assured Ceri, I'm not hiring just anyone. I've already refused quite a number of simple thugs. They weren't too happy about it, but I made them understand." Ceriyah shook her head and pinched the bridge of her nose with her thumb and forefinger. Despite the anger Adonis knew she was experiencing, he also knew she was trying to suppress a smile. As Ceriyah was about to speak again, a knock sounded on the door that separated the main office from the warehouse. "You may enter", she called out to whoever knocked. A small male hireling walked through the door. "Sir, Madam, there's some people here that want to see you. Specifically you, sir." Adonis smiled back at Ceriyah. "Well if you'll excuse me, I have company to attend to." Ceriyah scoffed at her brother and dipped the tip of a quill in black ink. "Begone abaisd, I have documents to attend to." Adonis bowed in respect to his sister and opened the door into the warehouse to a strange sight.