As the sun rises you look out across the flat plains around the city. Farmers are already working in the fields. The great doors of the city are swung open and all three of you join a queue of other merchants on their way to the palace. You have to pay taxes to the king on the goods you have brought to Mari. After what seems like hours standing in the hot sun, you lead your donkeys into one of the open courtyards of the royal palace. An official, dressed in beautiful fringed robes, looks at your textiles and fish oil. Nabium-malik unpacks some and gives it to the official's servants to carry into the palace.

Do you stay with Nabium-malik or find work in the palace tax offices?

stay with Nabium-Malik find work in the palace