The bird men see her first. Makes sense, they are up on top and she isn’t hiding or anything. One of them comes down to where the three remaining party members are having breakfast.
“There’s a woman sitting watching the tower. We saw her as the sun came up. She’s back aways, sitting against a tree eating. We watched for a bit. She must know we see her, but she doesn’t seem troubled”.
As he speaks another calls down in their own language.
“He says she’s coming this way.”
If you go to look you spot her easily enough. As she nears you can see she’s an elf wearing a cloak partly hiding a chain shirt over rustic traveling gear in worn earth tones. She has a light pack, is carrying a shield on a strap and there is a short sword strapped to her side. She’s watching you watch her, but hasn’t reacted more so far. She kind of looks like a ranger maybe?
Lightly equipped. No bow.
She pauses as she nears the gap left by the closed drawbridge. She’s not your “usual” wood elf, those that know their fey would suspect she’s a moon elf, pale blue tinged skin and short cut blue/black hair with green eyes looking up at you. Quick as a cat she flashes a piece of parchment with the symbol of the Order on it. It looks an awful lot like the letter of introduction you’ve been given. It appears she’s from the Order. She waits.
The first thing she says as you let her in is "I’m not with the Order. I don’t want to start with any misconceptions. I’m an ally who works with them from time to time. Here’s my letter of introduction from Red Larch.
I’m also….She mutters something and holds her hand out with a slight flourish. A silver harp ornament about the size of a gold piece forms out of thin air in her palm. She tosses it to Roan who feels the weight of real silver for a second till it fades to nothing. “We don’t usually talk of it, but these aren’t usual times.”
“I am Xanathea Moonbow. I am here to investigate the elemental cults.”
“I understand from Leo that there was a problem with a spear? I’m going to need to know more about that. We can’t have things like that falling into the wrong hands.” She looks at the three of you quite seriously. “That isn’t the sort of thing one just hands to a sorcerer so they can walk around with it. It’s a wonder he wasn’t entirely consumed.”
“But I’m being rude and hasty. The greetings are not done!
“Master Dwarf” the following is spoke quite formally in dwarven; it sounds like it is by rote though the accent isn’t terrible:
“May we break the peace, may we break the bread, may we break the bottles but not the wind.” (It rhymes in the original)
Back to common. “A dear dwarf-friend of mine taught me that, he’s a renown scholar.” There’s a twinkle in her eyes that indicates that she’s in on the joke but she remains stoic even if Doran laughs.
She greats Seeker with more reserve and follows a likewise formal greeting with Roan by saying:
“We must speak sometime. I saw in the way the birds flocked this morning that there is great brotherhood with you and Leo that should not lightly be discarded.”
“Now. We are all where the Goddess of Moonlight has foretold we should be. Shall we enter your most fascinating tower?”
she’s not this into monologues. It’s just hard to do exposition in this format otherwise.
She’s polite. She’s got credentials. She has a sense of humor regarding dwarves. Which, as it seems to involve fighting, eating, drinking and farting means she should get on ok with the barbarian at least.
She does not seem to have a glowing opinion of sorcerers, but that might be from having met Leo.
For those that don’t know, the harp ornament trick is to indicate she’s with the Harpers. A secret organization of do-gooders basically. It’s always possible she’s faking, but the letter of introduction seems real. (Unless yours is faked too!!)
The only constant symbol she shows is that of a full moon. It is on a holy symbol tucked in her belt, her sword hilt and her shield. Given she’s an elf it is probably Selhanine Moonbow of the elven pantheon rather than Selune. Given the shared last name it would be safe to assume she’s devout. Anyone familiar with the sect would know they tend to align with good hearted folks and the faith would be consistent with membership in the Harpers.