The Writing Hook
As you walk through the town, a beautiful woman catches your eye as she stops for a moment and glimpses in a mirror. She is well-dressed and attended by a maid. A small child brushes past her, and a second later she cries out “It’s gone! He stole it! It’s gone!.”
If the characters do not wish to rush to her aid, she will seek to engage them to recover her stolen property for a reward of money or other wealth. The woman may be in earnest, but also may be attempting to lure the party into a tricky situation.
The Historical Facts
This mirror case, carved from Elephant ivory, was made in Paris. It would have been an exotic, expensive and luxury item, although akin to a modern-day compact in function. It dates from 1350-75. The scene depicts a pair of lovers, and it set around with lions.
You can read more about the actual artefact here: http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/467733
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