Brindlglib hasn’t had so heard about this many potential works of interest in some time. He mentally composes a list:
Firstly, talk with those pech delvers regarding the sliding wall and animated suits, there may be clues to lost knowledge of the ancients there besides wouldn’t do to be caught in the same dilemma, yes that would not do at all.
Then make the acquaintance of the man who mentioned the sculpture, sounds like an excellent opportunity to have my work placed in the public eye. I’ve a few idea’s for casting large bronzes that I could experiment with. Besides in such as disreputable agglomeration of thieves and ne’er do well’s the town elders are not likely to attract a scholar able to compete with my talents anytime soon.
Lastly, a little architectural commission would not go astray either. Perhaps I could negotiate from a simple consultation on an arch to a complete design for the edifice in question.
He briefly considers the problematic doors of this inn, mostly out of habit developed over a lean few months, then discards the job as beneath his talents, especially now the current expedition’s patron is keeping him fed and out of the weather.
He approaches the pech, “Bringdlglib Nibstitch most pleased to make your acquaintance.” The gnome takes a seat with the party without waiting for an invitation to join them “ I could not help but overhear you fine gentlemen mention intriguing examples of the mechanical arts of the ancients encountered during your last practical antiquarian endeavour. If it would not be a bother I’d like to hear more details of the various architectural oddities and automatons encountered by your, no doubt exceedingly competent, expedition. No-one like the pech to notice details where big folk would blunder past unremarking.”