I wonder sometimes if there are players who never play certain quests, and as a result, their experiences with NPCs like Asteria are no different than with someone like Yarbrough. She’s just a kind, gentle bard, playing you off to sleep.
Life can be like that. Every day we interact with strangers, never assuming the face we see differs from the one they wear at home. Shit, who knows, the checkout girl might be an FBI agent. But probably not.