I liiiike long posts! More good stuff to read.
No worries about the delay; glad you were able to post.
Ekire, I'm happy you've decided to join us!
If you don't want your character to barge into the tavern-- which would actually be totally fine with me if it was your preference, and we could totally work around it-- you should be able to jump in within the next round or two anyway.
Hornwood isn't going to go into all the details of his master plan yet, because he needs to make sure he can trust these two. He's going to send them on a little side-quest as a test, probably in my next post, to try to determine if he can rely on them. They may have some questions for him about it, but it shouldn't be much time before they'll leave the tavern, and they can meet up with Ekire. Sound OK?