One by one the party members arrive at the Crossed Swords! The party takes position around the inns busy common room. Patrons are busy talking about the upcoming tournament, people complaining about the bandit problem and the apparent ineptitude of Lord Gaelyn Falstead in dealing with the bandits.
The party enjoys food and spirits. Eventually three men enter the common room, all three wear the colors of House Falstead. All of a sudden the room grows very quiet. Soon a rude patron openly threatens the men wearing House Falstead colors.
Soon other patrons join in, and it seems that there is soon to be a riot. The characters are successful in preventing a bar room riot.