Kadrok wrote:The Obligator looked at Shane appraisingly. "Very well. You're a very useful man to know, it seems. How did you fall in with a group like this?"
Bill Whitmore wrote:Shance chuckled, "Jaira recruited me, probably because, as you say, I am a useful man to know. As for why I accepted the job?" Shane shrugged. "Well, the pay was right."
Kadrok wrote:"So you're only interested in the money?" The Obligator replied, "There seems to be a lot of that going around lately... perhaps it is the state of the Empire."
Bill Whitmore wrote:"Oh, I'm interested in a lot more than money but none of my other interests get accomplished without it. This whole job is a means to an end, my friend."
Kadrok wrote:"As it is for me, though money is less the means; I am here to make useful friends, men such as yourself. May I ask what ends this means is providing for you?"
Bill Whitmore wrote:"I'm getting old. I won't be able to keep up this life of travel forever. I'd like to settle down, set up a shop, and I'd like to do it in Luthadel. A few years ago, setting up a small shop in Luthadel would have been unthinkable, at least as an independent, but right now property values are falling like a brick."
"But what about you? Why are you looking here for friends? We're all people who have agreed to take money to kill someone. How trustworthy of friends can we be?"
Kadrok wrote:The Obligator pauses thoughtfully before speaking again, "Your intentions and the answer to your question have a lot in common, therefore before I answer let me ask you a question concerning your objectives. As you and I know very well good business relies on stability. If society is thrown into chaos, the things business relies on collapse: a stable consumer base, societal protection of interests and the very acknowledgement of ownership and trade. People take what they can get by mere strength of arms, and keep only what they can hold. Now, I can see why you want to set up in Luthadel: for the moment it is experiencing some semblance of stability under its new King, the very man we have been hired to dispose of. This being the case, it seems to me that the very actions you are undertaking in order to fulfill your goals will inevitably put them out of your reach. Is this not the case?"
Bill Whitmore wrote:"Order and stability are of the most benefit to those who already have everything. When chaos sets in, the ones least affected by it are those that already have nothing. The chaos will one day end and order will one day be restored and on that day, I many like me, stand a very good chance of being in a better position than we are right now."