as you begin your journey towards the hill, you feel a sense of excitement building. after several minutes of walking you round the hill and walk into the shadow it casts onto the path. you see a small table up ahead with two chairs. on top of the table is a plate of food and a crystal chalice. in one of the chairs sits a smirking gnome, beckoning you to sit opposite him.

"I will have you know I am the friendliest gnome in these parts. before you is my meal, which I have not yet begun, and as I am a generous gnome I would offer you a bite or a sip, as you wish. or if you prefer not to eat, you may continue on your way, I'll not try to stop you."