The party was introduced to John Gordon Taffer. Mr. Taffer was called in by management to evaluate the performance of the Guild and create a plan to fix their many problems. To start, he wanted the Guild to work on its massive backlog of contacts.
The party was assigned the job of meeting one Vorlor Burke, a once prominent merchant from the city of Silvermarsh, and solve his troubles with a local guild. This was a time sensitive job that needed to be worked on immediately.