The Breaded Bowl’s opening night was anticlimactic. Nobody came to get hold of the 2-for-1 drinks offer Aideen Kavanagh set up, and nobody seemed to pay attention to the posters that the proprietors of The Dreaded Bowl put up in Requitae and Burle.
Without knowing why this was an issue, the group decided to head to Requitae. At the very least, they realised that they may be able to build a client base with the local Keolandish garrison there. However, when they reached Requitae, they met a group of Phaulkonite priests who were handing out flyers defaming The Dreaded Bowl. These flyers explained that The Bowl was located near a nest of endangered rocs and needed to be boycotted to protect the furry fiends.
When the proprietors of The Bowl questioned the priests, they explained that they were handing out flyers on the orders of their Quartermaster, Hyrin Altrocar. Hyrin, as it turned out, was being duped by another tavern, located just over half a day South of The Bowl, to hand out these flyers in the name of wildlife protection.
The Bowl’s proprietors found out the location of this tavern, which was called The Pickled Gnome Luxury Resort, and prepared themselves for the worst. It turned out that the Resort was reasonably popular, complete with badly-transplanted palm trees and a pool, and offered guests a luxury time in the Dreadwood. The Resort was run by 9 kobolds who had abandoned their previous tribe. The proprietor, Yraalik, was badly threatened by the Bowl’s proprietors, but in the end they managed to come to a deal: Yraalik would explain to Hyrin his lies in the roc problem so that the Quartermaster could stop handing out the flyers defaming The Bowl, pay the proprietors of The Bowl a sum in compensation for their initial losses, and offer guests of The Resort his personal recommendation to stay at The Bowl. In exchange, The Bowl’s proprietors would have to face a deadly trap challenge called The Gauntlet and find therein an icon of Gaknulak, the Kobold god of protection, for Yraalik and his staff.
The deal was upheld and everyone returned to their stations better off. In addition to the Icon, the Bowl’s proprietors also found a lot of treasure hidden within a secret room. This was quickly turned to good use in upgrading the shabby Dreaded Bowl to something a little more presentable.