"You may rise," Yao began, his voice calling to mind both sagacious monks and aristocratic royalty, "such demonstrations are appreciated but unnecessary."
"I have called you all here because I am burdened with a task that needs completing. Your services to me shall not be forgotten, neither shall they go unrewarded. These are troubled times we live in, and if you are willing I am sure that I shall find no shortage of work for you - work which you are under no obligation to accept."
"A group of pirates have plagued the port town of Xiao Bu for some time, and recently these outlaws have switched their primary mode of operation from theft to slavery. I have long been troubled by this, and am pleased to say that I recently been given the authority to resolve this matter. It is my request that you go to Xiao Bu, locate the pirates' hideout, and bring these criminals to justice."
"You are under no compulsion to assist me. There is no loss of honor to be had in refusing my request, and I shall not think less of any of you. I understand, as much as I can, the hardships you Humans face, and I am sympathetic to them."
"If you are willing, and when you are ready, Xun shall teleport you all to Xiao Bu, and you shall begin your investigations. I have been in contact with the magistrate, and he is aware of my impending intervention. I understand there are other local issues, and if you feel so inclined I invite you to aid the magistrate in whatever ways you can."
The Dragon shifted position slightly, apparently uncomfortable. "As a final warning, the town is home to a beautiful young woman, one Hui Yihuo of the Shiranui clan. She is a gifted alchemist who's talents, I understand, nearly match her beauty. I am not at liberty to divulge too much, nor do I know much myself in all honesty, but amongst my kind it is said that the women of the Shiranui are best avoided. "
He seemed nice.