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Having just completed escorting a caravan to the town of Clearmeadow, the party awakens in the inn and makes their way downstairs for breakfast. Their only company is are an old man and a tired looking kid. Then, plot happens.
A young tiefling runs into the room and then on into the back. He wears worn leather armor, a warhammer at his built, and rumpled unclean clothes. After some hubbub he speaks with the party. The tiefling is Alanud, assistant to the town guard, Mothere. Until today that is. You see, Mothere is dead. Alanud, not really knowing what to do, had gone to the local preist, Thonarfin, for advice and it was suggested to him that the adventurers that had just arrived might be helpful in resolving this matter.
Alanud related coming to Mothere’s in the morning, to find him, dead on the floor and covered in blood. Intrigued, the party went to speak with Thonarfin in the temple of the old gods, before following Alanud about a mile out of town to Mothere’s house. There they found Mothere’s body, face up on the ground, covered in wounds. It appeared as though someone had rolled him over after death.
Some investigation revealed that the bite wounds on his body were consistent with some sort of canine animal, but too large to have come from a wolf. Furthermore, the door appeared to have been busted in. Examining outside, Qin discovered some tracks leading off behind the house into the woods. In the process of investigating, the party encountered and killed 2 wolves.
After resting briefly, the party delivered Mothere’s body to the temple for burial and instructed Alanud and Thonarfin to warn the villagers to stay in at night.
Then, they were off to speak with Mothere’s neighbors. Stopping at the nearest house to his, they might an old gnomish lady named Kunan, who had some interesting things to say about tieflings and elves and what have you. They worried that she might be an easy victim for whatever had killed Mothere, and so Rin ran off to fetch Kunan’s grandson Gluri from town so that he could take her to his place. As Rin helped Kunan to the wagon, Gluri commented to the party that Mothere had been acting strange, asking paranoid questions in low whispers and asking thing had always been the way they were.
With Kunan to safety, the party resumed following the tracks from Mothere’s. After some travel they came upon a small clearing with a little river next to cliff face. Large, old, doors were set into the cliff. At that point it struck Helmut that making lots and lots of noise was a great idea. And so the party fought a Worg and a Goblin that were hiding in the woods.
Rin noted that state of the Worg was consistent with it being the one that had attacked Mothere. Curious, the party then turned their attention toward the doors. They were large banded wood, sagging on rusted metal hinges. About the doorway were carved intricate designs and above the door was written in Tevarin something roughly translating to “Come in and rest, brother.”
Inside, the party found a small rooming with nature carvings on the walls and a rotting tapestry depicting sihouette by the forest. In a neighboring room were the remains of a fountain and a pool of standing water. After some that the party realized that the figure being depicted was likely the old god of nature, Umrar, the wanderer.
What does the future have in store for our intrepid band of adventurers? On the time will tell. Tune in for the next episode of… Dragonball Z!