Nihere listened as a woman in armor entered, and was briefed on the situation. He then felt a small pang of guilt as he was informed of the three branded. He was partly responsible for them, given that he tried to help calm them when he woke up. He should have stayed longer. He should have talked to the others. But Nihere snapped himself out of it, telling himself it wasnt the time for 'could have, should have'.
After that, the young woman with red hair asked if it was okay to battle them, prompting the mayor to have them all inspected (for a lack of a better word.). Men in gold armor stared into them, as if reading their minds and judging their character. It was an unnerving experience, but the men nodded once they were done. Nihere was a member of the Mage Guild, but he had never heard of magic that could judge a person based on looking at them. He decided to ask about it later.
The mayor then explained that a scimitar was the true objective. The three branded stole it, and it was of major importance to him to have it back. They were even told to kill if necessary. He then went on to explain that the fourth branded was not a part of their group, and seemed like any other branded. She was to join them on the expedition.
Two more questions were asked, by the woman in armor, and the woman with a staff. "Were the Branded dangerous?" "How was the scimitar stolen?" The mayor described the three branded, and mentioned Dein by name. Nihere again felt responsible as the name was spoken. The other two were described as similar to a clergyman and a rogue, implying the latter stole the scimitar. For the second question, the answer was basically "Classified".
After all this happened, Nihere felt responsible for this, despite knowing that he probably couldn't have changed anything. "I would like to leave on this expedition as soon as possible. What about the rest of you?" There was a small hint of guilt in Nihere's voice that he tried to hide. He looked around the room, waiting for responses. "I'm Nihere, by the way. Nice to meet you."