- Dessimerr Running Fox: Catfolk Ranger 1st lvl
- Adrik Runehammer: Dwarf Rogue 1st lvl
- Lucien Fairfax: Human Fighter 1st lvl
- Asher Wolfe: Myrmidon Avenger 1st lvl
- Gordan Terrance: Myrmidon Cleric of Salah 1st lvl
Late in the year 513 AC winter has set in our adventurers find themselves in the home town of Lucien Fairfax known as Hallowdale for the Last Night of Aveline festival. After a few days of drinking, dancing and celebrating the adventures head north to Hawksford for work which it seems to be rich with since the town has been rebuilding since the attack of Vicfire’s bandits last Spring.
On their way north a terrible snow storm forced the adventures to stop in Daleville a small hamlet on the Dagwood Trail that hosts The Staggering Profit Inn. While the rest of his companions enjoyed the hearth-fire of the Staggering Profit Dessimerr heading into the woods for some hunting. Quickly Dessimerr sighted a few Goblins who were unaware of his presence. As they headed for the small hamlet Dessimerr waited until the Goblins separated before he let loose an arrow from his bow into one of their backs. One by one Dessimerr took out the confused Goblins. When he finished he scalped them and heading to Daleville to inform his friends.
Inside the Staggering Profit Inn all was well until farmer Rhett and his daughter Pristine rushed in. Farmer Rhett had been shot with an arrow and was bleeding. Pristine pleaded for help and warned two Orcs were robbing their home. Asher, Lucien and Adrik bolted outside and quickly defeated the Orcs before any major damage was done to the home. Moments later Dessimerr returned to the Inn. The Adventures talked to everyone and learned that the Goblins and Orcs rarely cause trouble in the winter. Unsettled by this the next morning they headed out to hunt down the threat and eliminate it.
The next morning the Adventurers followed a trailer deep into Dagwood Forest hoping to find the Goblins and Orcs that were attacking Dagwood Trail. Late in the day they snuck up on a band of Goblins camping for dinner. First Adrik and Dessimerr aimed their arms at the Goblins and attacked. Next Asher and Lucien charged in from the brush and caused the Goblins to scatter. Quickly the four decimated the Goblins leaving only one alive to talk…
The Goblin awoke tied up looking up at the faces of his capturers. They asked him questions of where other Goblins where. He at first only answered that the adventurers would be “gloriously destoryed.” When they placed the slightest threat of violence on him the captive Goblin folded and told them of a camp a day east of small Goblin encampment.
The Adventurers followed the trail with Dessimerr leadnig the way. His knowledge of tracking desiphered they were several hours behind a band of Goblins and other things heading the same direction the Goblin stated. Moving through the night finally they saw the glow of a bonfire off in the distance.
Adrik took point and scouted ahead, nearly half way to the encampen he became horrified to find himself smack in the middle of a dragon’s footprint that was larger then his whole body. After reporting to his friends Adrik pushed on beyond the Dragon’s footprint.
Seemingly unseen Adrik checked out the encampen and saw Goblins, Orcs and a Bugbear piling treasure on a plateform and placing dead humans on the bonfire like goats for a feast. A booming voice shook the snow from branches but it’s speaker could not be understood by Adrik. Before he could react Adrik overheard the Orcs responding in a tongue he could understand… They knew where he was.
Swiftly Adrik lost his pursers and headed back to where Dessimerr, Asher and Lucien waited. He informed them of the Goblins, Orcs, Bugbear and the unknown voice in the forest. They started planning what to do when the group over heard noises coming their way.
Adrik and Dessimerr hide in the brush while Asher stood tall and brave for all to see. Lucien climbed the tree above Asher and waited to surprise. Dogs broke out of the brush and attacked Asher. Soon came the dog’s masters- Orcs and Goblins lead by a Bugbear. The group fought bravely but Adrik was severally injured in the battle.
After spending the night at the encampment, which no longer kept a treasure or captives since the voice in the forest had taken them, the group headed out the next morning with Adrik on a makeshift stretcher. They made their way through the day into the night to return to The Staggering Profit Inn.
Arriving at the The Staggering Profit Inn early that morning the waitress Myra was the only worker available and two men- Fife a logger who was about to leave town with a shipment of timber only to be stopped by the weather and Gordan Terrance- a Cleric of Salah traveling north to Hawksford. On seeing the injured Adrik Myra starting looking for a vile she new the owner Dalia kept that had healing capabilities.
Without hesitation Gordan summoned the powers of Salah and healed Adrik. With Adrik now out of danger the group decided to rest after their travels and fight. Dessimerr went to sleep, Lucien headed back home to Hallowdale after a day’s rest, Asher charmed the waitress Myra and then “rested” and Adrik- who had plently of sleep while his companions carried him throughout the night, had breakfast and a drink with Gordan who had saved his life just moments ago.
Once everyone was rested the group spent the day doing their own things. Dessimerr hunted, Adrik drank and talked to patrons at the bar, Gordan- who had been asked by Adrik to join the group for his highly useful healing abilities- met the rest of the group and Asher chatted with Alex, the scholar also staying at the The Staggering Profit Inn. Talking with Alex, Asher learned not only was an a scholar but he was from Hawksford but more importantly he was Baron Alexkey Dratshev’s oldest son. Alex explained to Asher he had no use for his family status and more often that not ignored it.
Asher was highly interested in this since it is every goal of every member of the Wolfe family to move to the status of nobility- In fact it has become a sometimes brutal contest. The first to achieve this “wins”. Asher saw a way in with Alex for Alex was displeased with his father’s corrupt nature. Asher offer to help Alex, who declined, Asher persisted and convinced Alex to read his stars to see if the goal of nobility was even in his future.
Alex agreed but explained to Asher often the star readings are not that all-inclusive but more of a glimpse into possibilities except in rare cases when the destines are set by even the stars. Asher claimed to understand this and helped Alex collect all the group’s birth dates so he could get a more accurate reading as soon as the weather cleared.
The snow continued for two more nights and clear half way through the next day. The group planned to leave the next morning for Hallowdale to get horses for their journey to Hawksford with Alex after he gave them their reading. While eating dinner with most of the members of the small town in the The Staggering Profit Inn torches crashed into the windows. Lurking outside- Orcs, Bugbears and Goblins lead by on Goblin on top of his Worg mount.
Asher grabbed a torch and headed outside. Adrik followed, Dessimerr hanged back just at door to pepper the beast from afar with his deadly aimed arrows and Gordan held back prepared to heal whoever need it. The battle raged, Adrik was quickly brought down by the rusty blade of an Orc. Asher held off the bugbears for awhile slaying a few. Dessimerr’s keen aim took out several Orcs as well. Gordan strengthened Asher and attempted to get close enough to Adrik but the Orc would not allow it.
P. Dessimerr bravely engaged the Orc in melee and threw Adrik back into the bar so Gordan could heal him. The battle became even more grisly. Asher fell in battle, Adrik newly healed tried to protect Dalia, the owner of the bar from the Goblin leader his Worg mount. Adrik did not last long again this treat, and Dalia was nearly killed as well. Dessimerr was slain and Gordan and the towns people against the last remaining Orc and Goblin leader and the Worg.
The next morning Adrik and Asher awoke from their injuries. The battle had taken a large toll. Several towns people where killed, Dessimerr died as well, a few homes were burnt to the ground and everyone of the adventurers were hurt. Adrik and Asher nearly loosing their lives. Dalia, the owner was injured fighting the Goblin and Worg with shocking precision with her dagger. Dalia was now resting back at her and Constance’s now slightly damaged home.
Asher was started to feel uneasy with the whole situation. He started suspecting there was more going on then he knew or was being told. Why would the Goblins target the The Staggering Profit Inn? When being served food by Constance he started questioning her and insulted her cooking. Constance took this not well and ran away crying. Further convinced more was going on Asher questioned Ruben and Faas, they were holding information back.
Even Alex’s finished prophecy did not sway Asher from his goal to discover the truth. His questioning ended with he and Dalia holding weapons against each other the stairwell of the inn. Pinned Dalia had not choice but to explain to Asher that she and Ruben are members of of the Last Shadow Guild- a thieves guild that has been around for over a thousand years. The Staggering Profit Inn is a holding building for the Last Shadow.
This angered Asher, he felt this lack of given information put his life and lives of everyone in town in danger because the Goblins were likely looking for the stash of money being held at the inn. Adrik overheard the conversation and was upset at Asher’s reaction. Dalia and Ruben warned that Asher and Adrik had better keep their mouths shut or someone may have to help them with this task.
Sick of Asher’s stubberness Adrik with Gordan following him to try to resolve the situation left the inn and headed north for Hawksford. Asher grabbed Alex and told him about the Last Shadow guild and the money. Alex recommended Asher calm down. More reasonable now, Asher went to speak to Adrik to find Adrik had left.
Asher ran down the trail finally catching up with Adrik and Gordan. They argued and finally agreed to at least be reasonable and returned to the Inn. On their way back a pair of empty wagons and loaders tried to pass by. The group discovered that these wagons were picking up the load at the Staggering Profit Inn. They hitched a ride, upon returning Asher learned he was not welcomed in the in and had a small struggle with Dalia in the snow. After the fight they agreed to tolerate each other. This fight was the last straw for Adrik and he left.
Finally Asher and Gordan, the only ones remaining, heard the prophet from Alex. An unusual reading; Alex saw in all their stars a possibility of greatness… All the same possibility of greatness. The stars said they would be Defenders of an Empire, Delivers of a last Kingdom or Deceivers of a People. They would succeed at this task or die trying. Others may join this quest and be fated the same way but one of these destines will happen- Which one is unknown.
After hearing the prophet Asher, Gordan and Alex headed for Hallowdale to purchese thier horses and start down the path of the prophecy.