"large rewards for their release, vowing to send monies to Hommlet as soon as they return to Dyvers."Four weeks after their rescue, a passing caravan will deliver to the PCs a sack laden with... wait for it... one hundred silver pieces. That's 5 freakin' gold pieces at AD&D exchange rates. Holy Crap!
A hundred platinum would have been a worthy reward, sealing a bond of mutual goodwill between merchants and party; 100 gold would have been a respectable gesture--at least fueling a nice post-dungeon bender. A friggin' thank you note would have been appreciated--it's always nice to know that your good deeds are remembered. But 100 silver?! That's just an insult. If I were a PC I would be all "Screw the Temple, let's hunt down those cheap-ass merchants!"