The Order decides to go shopping but Haley wants to stay behind to, erm, count her money.
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Roy: OK, guys, time to go shop and spend some gold. Let's meet back here for dinner.
Belkar: Yeah! Let's stimulate the crap out of this economy.
Haley: Have fun, guys, I'll hold down the fort here.
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Durkon: What's tha matter, Haley? I figured ye'd be jumpin' a' tha chance to spend yer ill-gotten gains.
Haley: Yeah, well, the shops in this little town are strictly second-rate. I'm waiting until we get back to the city.
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Durkon: Me think ye just like havin' all tha coins.
Haley: Heh, yeah, you caught me. I like spreading them out and sleeping on them like a big treasure horde. I'm actually half-dragon, you know.
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Durkon: Ha ha, well, ye sure love the gold well 'nuff. See ya at dinner.
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Haley is alone. She reaches into her pocket.
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Haley unfolds a letter.
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The letter reads:
|“|| Miss Haley Starshine, |
It is our regretful duty to inform you that your father, Ian Starshine, has been imprisoned for crimes against the government of Lord Tyrinar the Bloody, absolute master of the nation of Tyrinaria. He will be incarcerated for a period not to exceed the span of his natural life. However, Lord Tyrinar is not without mercy, and should you, as Mr. Starshine's only living relative, remit unto our master an appropriate gift of no less than 200,000 gp (cash), he might be willing to consider granting clemency to your father.
|— Sincerely, Miron Shewdanker, Chancellor of Tyrinaria|
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Haley finishes reading the letter.
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Haley puts away the letter.
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Haley walks over to her treasure.
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Haley begins counting her gold.
Haley: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8...
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Durkon: I knew it! Ye just stayed behind ta count yer coin again!
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Durkon: So predictable, lass.
Haley: Yup that's me. Greedy to the end. Tee hee.
- This is the first time the nation of Tyrinaria is named. It is also the first mention by name of Ian Starshine, of Miron Shewdanker and of Tyrinar the Bloody.
- "Money Makes the World Go Round" is a repeated line from the song Money from the 1966 hit Broadway musical, Cabaret, starring Joel Grey.
- There's more to this letter than just a "standard issue" ransom note for every prisoner with relatives, Miron himself explains it in comic #915.