“You’ve made the right decision. We Are not safe here, but I must speak with you. I saw you fight in the arena. Although I can’t say you necessarily fought fair, you did prove that you are not easily subdued. I am in need of assistance. As you may or may not know, the ruler of this kingdom is assembling an army of darkness at his castle. I know not how, I know not why, I know not even the numbers he commands. It is far too dangerous to walk right into his lands, but I must know what he’s up to. My compatriots and I suspect evil is afoot. If you can find a way to bring me the information I seek, I shall see to it that you are handsomely rewarded.”
Veil the Sly: Hm… are we talking a substantial reward here?
Although they couldn’t see his face, they got the feeling that he was glaring at them. “I said handsome, did I not?”
Brynn StarGazer: We definitely don’t want evil ruling the kingdom.
Kalus: So says the Paladin!
He threw a large bag filled with gold onto the table. “This is about what you would have won in the arena, had you thought to collect it. It is yours now, and I promise, it is but a taste of things to come.”
“Concern yourself not with my alliances, just know that we want what’s best for these lands.” The stranger turned slightly, addressing Brynn; “You’re right. We do not want evil ruling this kingdom. We exist to prevent that from happening. What do you say?”
Before anybody could answer, a hubbub broke out in the barroom below. The sounds of a table overturning, and a brawl made their way through the floor. The stranger stared at the group. “We are not safe here. Meet me at the southern end of town, and I will get you out of here safely.”
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At the south end of town, you meet the stranger, at the edge of a dark woods. He tells everybody; “Go south through the forest. I will meet you on the other side, and then I will meet you and give you further directions. I must deal with this crowd of…. Simpletons.”
He turns and walks back into town. As he is almost out of sight, he seems to simply disappear. A cold wind blows, almost as if a signal of things to come…
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After walking through the woods for a few hours, the party found a large clearing. In the center was an enclosure, in the middle of which was a large stone altar with a dead soldier laying upon it, apparently a sacrifice of some sort. As the party advanced, they were taken by surprise by a group of 5 goblins. Brynn was felled almost immediately, leaving Veil and Kalus to dispatch the rest. After a long, drawn out battle, leaving Brynn on the very brink of death, the party was victorious. After searching the area, the party found a chest containing some gold and a map of the land. The party quickly hurried onward…