"It's very late, and I sympathize with your weariness, young lady," said Father Keane, acknowledging her falling asleep. "While our acolytes attend to your wounds, we are making arrangements for each of you to stay within the safety of the church for the remainder of the evening. In the morning, we will set about a plan of action for the orb's retrieval."
Aesltan started to suggest that they leave now, in the middle of the night, to prevent the demons from getting further away, but Lord Theodric stood up suddenly and addressed the group.
"My friends, I realize that some of you may have little reason to get involved with these matters, and I wouldn't blame you if you passed on the opportunity. But for what it's worth, my family is prepared to offer substantial financial compensation to anyone who can return the orb, intact."
Lord Theodric reached and pulled out a small pouch that had been buried behind his thick red cape. He spilled its contents onto the table in front of everyone, and Aelstan estimated that there must be at least 100 gold crowns scattered about.
"This is to help you get whatever equipment you need to get started," continued Lord Theodric. "In the morning, the demons will be gone, yes, but they will most likely not be too far, for I don't think they will travel in the daylight. You will each need your rest, and to possibly stock up on supplies. Father Keane will provide each of you with a small amount of healing devices."
Aelstan lifted a finger, as if asking permission to speak, and the young lord stopped and allowed the ranger to interject.
"Excuse me, m'lord," said Aelstan in a frustrated but assertive manner. "But once we have these supplies, where exactly are we supposed to go? I mean, we know the Jandoshan have the Orb, and that they are probably taking it back to their summoner - the thief who stole the Orb of Shadows in the first place. But surely you can't expect us to have any real knowledge of it's whereabouts."
Father Keane looked very uncomfortable, and slowly stepped back to allow Lord Theodric to move to the front of the room and continue.
"I appreciate the help you are giving us, but my friends and I have no idea where to go, or where these demons were summoned," continued Aelstan, looking even more aggravated. The ranger could tell that the young nobleman had anticipated this question and was prepared to answer. "So exactly where is it you want us to go in the morning?"
After a short pause, possibly for emphasis, possibly out of hesitation, Lord Theodric finally answered.
"Just outside of the city of Falmouth is the Baron's... my father's.. castle. I believe that you will find the answers to your questions there..."