20 years ago, a group of elves travelling on a a distant world were surrounded in mysterious mists. They found themselves in a mysterious new place and under attack from terrible monsters. After many of their number perished, a group of powerful adventurers came to their aid. They were taken in by the town of Memory Haven. Three young wood elves, Aldreth, Ailuna and Eiklin were among those who survived. On the same night, a 1/2 elven girl named Imyel was born in Memory Haven. Her father was among those who saved the elves. After he went missing on an later adventure, the three elven youths helped her mother Lauren raise her.
In the present, Jean Bastien is studying in Buroden’s library when a visitor arrives. A mage named Geselnor tells Buroden that the world is changing and his party have been witness to the deaths of two darklords. He gives Buroden, the battered helmet once worn by Lord Soth, the undead ruler of Sithicus. Buroden reacts angrily; he believes the killings of darklords brings unwanted attention from the darker powers behind the mists. Geselnor leaves angrily but not before mentioning his party, including a bard, is at the Firelight Inn.
Jean is released from his studies and heads to the Inn. On the way he meets Varosh, who informs him somewhat mockingly that the bard is from Kartakass. At this point he is even more excited to give the information to his friend Imyel. He knows she is out at the Graveyard with their wood elf friends. At the gate he meets Beverly, Dain and Eli. Beverly encourages Dain to take up adventuring, he has been hiding out for long enough she believes. And there are enough recruits that Eli is not needed for guard duty. The two join Jean-Bastien and head to the graveyard.
At the graveyard, they find their four companions paying their respects to the many elves and heroes that died when they first arrived in the Mordent so many years ago. Before the two parties can join, they discover themselves surrounded by hundreds of birds. An eagle with a blood red beak seems to lead the birds into battle against the party. After the two groups eventually make their way to each other, they are able to drive off the eagle. The rest of the swarm of birds dissipates shortly after. The party heads back to town, Imyel leading, excited about the bard. They speak briefly to Beverly at the gate, she believes that the eagle is an animal companion belonging to the druid Staleese. She cannot explain why the bird would attack them.
The party heads to the Firelight Inn. There Imyel has already been watching the strange 1/2 Sithican bard Giller entrance the audience with his Ill-thanik Llloss-Klee, an instrument he claims to have found in mythical Bluetspur. The rest of Giller’s party is present as well, the mage Geselnor, the Iron Maiden Hethanna, Corbin, and the wolf Fredreich Harog is at the bar, and freaks out upon hear the strange music of Bluetspur. He moves to attack Giller, before Imyel can intervene, a strange series of events leads to Harog being knocked down and disarmed. Giller and co pass it off as an accident, Imyel believes otherwise. Jean Bastien leaves to find help for Harog. He finds Varosh unsympathetic and uninterested. Afterwards, he seeks out Beverly but before she can help, a wounded rider is spotted coming from the East. The rider barely makes it to Memory Haven but appears to bear many wounds, most obviously multiple arrow wounds. Beverely immediately attempts to heal the rider, a merchant named Balo. She is unsuccessful and sends Balo to find the priest Hammer.
The commotion outside draws out the folks inside the Inn. Eiklin linger behind a finds a wood carving of a wolf left by someone in Giller’s party. Strangely, the whittlings under the table would indicate it was carved right there although no one was seen doing that. Corbin mentions to Imyel that his party seeks to reverse a curse on one of their companions and are headed far north and east to Nuvuchar Springs to seek out Fonkin Turin.
The dying man sputters out he came from Stripen and his other faltering words lead the onlookers to think the threat may be headed to Memory Haven itself. Balo is taken away to the Church of Ezra for continued healing. Buroden announces he, Varosh, Lanya and several others will head to Stripen to investigate further.
After Buroden’s party leaves, Beverly introduces the party to Theson. Theson is headed north into the swamp to check on Staleese, Dremosh and the calibans. The party accompanies Theson and they travel through the forests and make their way to the swamp. Theson explains the history of the people living with Staleese. A peaceful hill giant named Dremosh and the town’s three calibans have lived with the druid for years, enjoying the solitude of the lonely Hearth – the ruined temple Staleese converted into their home.
After a battle in the swamp with a small group of grotesque lizard monsters, the party reached the Lonely Hearth. Theson, on the edge of unconsciousness, discovered Dremosh’s body before allowing the party to continue without him. They did continue and soon found the bodies of the calibans as well. All four had major wounds inflicted on them, but were so restricted and wrapped by vines it was impossible to tell what exactly killed them. The druid Staleese herself was gone – but the party found several interesting clues as well.
They returned to Memory Haven quite late. Beverly and Kaelek wanted to hear about their findings. Kaelek wanted to proclaim Staleese as an outlaw; the party convinced him to wait by pointing out several facts that contradicted the idea of Staleese being behind the deaths. Afterwards they headed towards the Church of Ezra only to discover Hammer had been murdered by an undead Balo. The church sanctuary was painted in blood reading Tobin. Balo and Hammer together attack the party.
PREVIEW: Memory Haven has visitors who bring news from the far south. A bard disturbs Harog, a mercenary dies, Buroden makes a decision. Beverly attempts to recruit new allies. A trip to the swamp.