...STAYS at the Elven outpost.
This is how I imagine my character negotiating with the elves at the Outpost:
Elves: "Hi, we could really use some golden nuggets today. Can you help us out?"
Me: "Okay, are you going to give me gold runes in exchange?"
Elves: "Sure, maybe."
Me: "Well, I really need to know upfront. Are you going to give me gold runes?"
Elves: "Yep, it could definitely possibly happen that you will get gold runes in exchange."
Me: "Look, gold nuggets are really hard to come by. If I am going to just give some away, I really need to know I am getting gold in exchange for them."
Elves: "We're not telling you until after the trade what you are getting."
Me: "Why would I trade with you when you won't even tell me what I am trading for?"
Elves: "We could really use some golden nuggets today. Can you help us out?"."