The captain and crew laughed together. “No man aboard this ship is too old to be tested I assure you. If a crewmember isn’t worth their weight in salt, they do not remain aboard this ship..”
The bard spoke out under his breath, “Unless they have deep pockets.”
Clocksworth looked at Lumen much in the same manner a cat would watch a mouse that it is playing with. His mustached moved up and down as he chewed on hi slower lip.
“Oh this is going to be a good one, he loves giving tests to humans.” Tanis said as she found a comfortable rope bundle on the mast to lean against.
Tarvin grunted out in his deep baritone voice, “His tests are too strange. I don’t understand them.”
“Precisely why you would never take it my muscle-bound friend,” piped in Nikako flashing a friendly grin.
Clocksworth patted his vest a few time then withdrew three times from his pockets and set them down in front of Lumen, screwdriver, a set of odd spring clamps, and a heavy headed mallet. He then looked to Tarvin and nodded.
The large man reacted moving to a large barrel that had been sitting on deck in plain view of the sun. With a look of utter confusion he set down the barrel in front of Lumen then backed away.
“This is your test. This barrel is made with special properties that make it difficult to open. I have given you three tools to use to open it. You also have two questions you can ask me about the barrel, but for each question I answer you must give a tool back to me. You are to open this barrel without spilling the contents inside.” The gnome said with a knowling smile on his face.