First Adventure Night
The PCs meet outside the town of Gravel Creek at a local pub. The The Three Legged Horse Pub is run down, but the food is surprisingly good. Its managed by Half-Orc named Harlac. The four PCs meet and introduce themselves.
Turok, is an Elven Illusionist from a far off land. He explains that he is traveling to increase trade for his people and has trinkets to sell and trade.
Sharasen, is a Halfling Illusionist has always been a lone traveler, but is now interested in traveling the world with a party for mutual benefit.
Zook Timbers is a Gnome Druid, who was in town to only gather supplies to return back to his hermitage. And had just come into the Three Legged Horse to have some lunch.
Finally, a native human named Red Feather introduced himself to the group. He was traveling through town looking for work, after having to survive in the wilds on his own after his tribe was killed by a terrible bear attack.
Traveling with Red Feather is his trusted dog Copper.
While the group gathers to eat Copper suddenly get quite irritable. Then he suddenly starts shaking his head like he is fighting some urge. Breaking to the outside will, he growls and bolts from the pub.
The companions leave to follow, running into a man in fine black leather armor who has a Minotaur bodyguard. The man in black armor tell the PCs they better catch their dog, as all the dogs in town have been going crazy and are getting lost in the hills outside of town.
After a fervent chase, the PCs loose Copper in the bustling market streets.
After returning to the Three Legged Horse, tired and concerned about Copper they meet the man and his Minotaur again. He introduces himself as Marsus and his companion as Brill. Marsus explains that he is putting together a party of adventurer’s and one of the things he is interested in is the way the dogs in town have been acting. If the PC’s can travel out to the wild lands outside of town and discover what is going on with the dogs, he would considered hiring them for his adventuring party. He gives them a map and marks the area where he thinks all the dogs have been escaping too.
The PCs agree and head out of town. Using the clue from the direction Copper was running and the map from Marsus, they head south east. The pass quickly out of the more settled areas of Gravel Creek and into the refugee areas on the outside of town. The journey takes nearly a full day of walking. The refugees are from the great Horde War nearly three generations ago. The people are living in small hovels with subsistence farms. They are the descendants of those people that fled the Horde and made it safely to the mountains, but didn’t have the means to move farther west.
The PCs notice that many of the hovels and shacks seem to have reinforced their windows and doors with makeshift boards and even garden tools.
Inquiring about it, one of the farmers explains that they have heard strange, horrible noises in the broken lands south of the settlements. He also says some of the dogs have run away in that direction. A few of the farmers on the far outskirts have gone missing.
Traveling on the PCs stop for the night. In the morning they leave the impoverished farms behind and travel into unsettled lands.
About mid morning they encounter their first enemies. Three creatures are hiding in the tall grass just in front of them. The creatures leap out and attack. A terrible battle begins, with wizards using their fire bolts and Red Feather falling two of the enemies with his tomahawks, which he wields one in each hand. The creatures look like half man / half dogs and Turok recognizes them as Gnolls. After killing all three, the group travels farther south.
The group travels into the broken lands. Great juts of rock crack through the surface of grass lands creating difficult terrain for the PCs to travel through. Sharasen sends his hawk ahead for scouting and sees the Gnoll camp. They have set up between two of these craggy rock spires. He also sees that they have dug cages into the sides of the soft sandstone rock.
In the middle of camp is a strange woven stick artifact. it looks like an X with the top covered.
The PCs use the scouting to build a strategy and attack the camp from two sides. The battle is difficult. At one point a Gnoll jams one of his spears into Turok, bringing him to the verge of death. Red Feather charged up one of the rock ridges to attack a Gnoll that was firing arrows down into his companions. Red Feather made quick work of the sniper with his deadly two handed tomahawks. Zook used his Druid powers to save Turok’s life, while Sharesen used a combination of magic and arrow to support his friends. In the end, the PCs were victorous, killing all the gnolls and finding a hungry but otherwise unhurt Copper.
At the end of the battle Marsus and Brill emerge from one of the nearby gullys. Marsus brings water and is excited that the PCs were able to discover the secret and defeat the Gnolls.
Marsus explains that he is on a journey to the former capital of the Assarisan empire. He wants to go to the Totem Garden and see if the rumor that all the totems the Assarisans had collected were destroyed during the war. His concern is that the totems were destroyed, which would have freed all the Totem-Gods into the world, but without worshipers. If the Totem-Gods are free then the world is in grave danger.
The presence of the Gnolls, and the apparent totem in the center of their camp is concerning to Marsus. He offers the PCs to join him, they can keep whatever treasury they find along the way and he will help pay their way as they travel. The PCs agree and head back to Gravel Creek, but several of the PCs express concern over Marsus’ honesty.
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