Stepping out from the narrow dead end alleyway Akasha glances around at her surroundings. Blackbird McAllister is taken aback at the bustle of the crowded marketplace. Certainly he expected some rabble of cart keepers and their patrons - but never had he imagined such a gathering.
Peoples from every walk of life, and every corner of the Realms had descended, it seemed, upon the City and her market. At every turn a new shop could be discovered, down every dark passage an alley of adventure.
Nothing of purpose is noticeable here. There are multiple torch sonces with unlit torches set into corners of buildings. A few unmonitored carts sit with horses resting idly waiting for their drivers to return.
The busy street is filling with merchants, mariners, and maidens. Everyone is setting about their daily routine. Near a busy stall a rotund woman with wildly stringy white hair loudly objects to the merchant's pricing. She pushes her sizeable belly and chest into the tiny man, toppling him into the cart. You overhear someone say, "That Sandy, at it again..."
North: Leave the marketplace and head toward the Castle.
South: Head toward an enchanter's sign, and the magic district.
East: Return to the dark alley and the Sewer entrance.
West: Explore the multiple doors lining the opposite alley.
Hint: If you can imagine the merchant, they can probably be found somewhere in the City's marketplace! There are defined shopping districts and the party must move into those areas in order to interact with specific NPCs or make specific purchases. But enjoy and prepare - the marketplace is open!