I'd play just to find out WHY the workshop belonging to the person who made the town prosper by getting aincent machines to work is having her workshop shut down by the royalty that was prepared to give that same person ANYTHING. I guess she should have included 'and let my workshop STAY open regardless of how viable it is' in that wish...
The owner (Astrid) got pissed at people asking her for everything and decided to turn to isolation. Astrid gave Rorona's parents some stuff but they couldn't pay her back, so she took Rorona as collateral. Rorona takes over the workshop (or lets it die if you sit on your butt). The messenger works for some royal doofus (the old fart I mentioned) who wants to bulldoze it.
Needless to say, work your butt off and keep the shop or stay a slave to Astrid, a total perve.
You know, the outside and inside doors of the workshop don't match. So the door we're shown outside doesn't lead to the door we're shown inside. I'm quite sure the world's most fucking amazing corridor is connecting the two, and the game won't freakin' let us see it.