Andred spent the first couple of months in an excess of drinking and & debauchery, celebrating living through another demon hunt. Bleary memory flashes of vibrant yellow beaks, fair weather friends & piles of silver falling through his hands suggest at least a few huge nights at the cockfights. One night he could barely stagger home & tore several holes in his new coat. On inspection, he found the demons spittle had also pitted the head of his axe.
Andred found himself a minor celebrity at the cockfights and his luck continued to hold, with a few huge nights of winnings and drunkenness. One poor fellow bet & lost his hook hand to Andred. Another night Andred won a vial of deadly poison from an intense Tilean, drunk as a lord & betting on a chicken named after his lost love, Esmeralda. The man paid in Heartkill, (drunkenly) “because that is what she did to me; Esmerelda Villa Lobos”. Over following nights Andred got to know the man, Gino Scafati. Over the next few nights Andred comes to realise that this man is infamous in Tilea and the Southern Empire. Gino takes a liking to Andred, and they meet regularly over the next few months. Andred slowly comes to realise that Gino has connections to the criminal underclass, and may not be telling the truth when he says he is a simple trader.
Later that month , somehow Tomas Hoch manages to track Andred down. He convinces Andred to take part in a heist, to which Andred too readily agrees. Andred, Tomas and a third man ambush a merchant on the Altdorf-Middenheim road and steal his wares. Andred thought they were taking gold or jewels, but instead it turns out to be honey. The Merchant, and subsequently Tomas, thought that the recently inflated prices for honey would result in a large pay-off. Unfortunately, by the time the honey was transported and sold, prices had returned to normal. During the heist some of the merchant’s guards resisted and Andred was forced to shoot them.
After laying low for a while, Andred begins to have doubts about his recent actions. He shot a man in cold blood. He doesn’t know whether the man survived, and after worrying that his brother was too strong an influence on him, he realises that he cannot continue to attack innocent people, regardless of what his brother may want.
Andred spends the next month in the woods, but poor weather, broken equipment and some noble’s groundsmen hunting him for poaching, result in little to show for it. With the choice between eking out a poor existence hunting, or following his brother into a life of crime, he realises that there really is no real choice.
He happens to tell Gino about his revelation, and Gino slowly opens up to him about his real career. Gino is a skilled assassin from Tilea, and he offers to train Andred, should he desire. Addressing Andred’s qualms he reminds Andred that the secret to killing another man is to be convinced of the rightness of that man’s death. It is better to assassinate noblemen, priests and wizards, than it is to be a simple street thug and murder people in back alleys. ‘Simple folk tend to be honest folk’ Gino says, ‘but wealthy folk, well they earnt their money doing something wrong somewhere.’ Andred thinks about this, and then thinks about it some more. He is still thinking about it when the messenger from Magister Marsner arrives advising that it is time to repay the debt he owes her.
Also, rather pleasingly, Andred makes the acquaintance of an Apothecary, Devyn Catherina. He quickly becomes her most regular customer, once she manages to brew, on multiple occassions a potion which temporarily cures Andred of the ‘Sticky Stench.’ Although not a permanent cure, Andred is pleased for some, however temporary, cure from the illness.