Thorin enters the place looking back at his fellow adventurers with an expression of apprehension. He ensures to say to the host of this building,
"Show me what you will but I will keep all my equipment on me!"
When Thorin enters the door closes and Sapphire and Krusten can hear an argument shortly after. It seems that they are demanding that Thorin relinquishes all his equipment in order to prepare for the ceremony.
Being in this demanding situation makes Thorin uncomfortable. He wants to comply to make the situation easier to get information but at the same time he does not want to make himself an easy victim. He tries to see if there is a way around it by offering a wager. "I will do as you say if you can beat me at Nine Men's Morris or hand wrestling… do we have a deal?"
The adventurer, Krusten the queen, left the Llafair Museum after using a curious looking Time Key and came into this new world.