A partly cloudy day
Fallowfield, 10 miles north of Elredd
This land was once open cropland owned by a wealthy farmer in a nearby village. One year, when not enough sharecroppers were available to work all of his property, the farmer chose to let this field lie fallow. Then a second year passed as well, and in that year a plague struck the village. Many people, including the wealthy farmer, died. The survivors burned the bodies and their homes, unsure of the cause of the disease but looking to escape its deadly grasp, and rebuilt their community on this “fallow field,” since the previous owner wasn’t around to object. The village recovered from the plague only to fall prey to the orcish hordes years later, just as its neighbors did. The town was sacked, looted, and left empty.
Can We Get a Little Help From Our Friends?
The night was long and the Woolly Bay wet. The PCs are tired, hungry, freezing, but have luckily been free of any encounters.
They arrive late that night. Even though the village was less than a 1/2 a days travel, moving slowly and making sure they were not seen slowed down the PCs to a crawl.
All night Dragonnels searched the coast. Luckily they only travel a few miles north, south, east and west, of Elredd.
Reaver figures the orcs will get them. It will only be a matter of time.
When the characters 1st enter the village, all the buildings are boarded up and seem empty. Many of the buildings have been scorched and burned to the ground. It is obvious whomever didnt die by the plague, died by the hands of orcs or fled. Maybe Boethian Volonwood, Jack Cronus and Shavinski The Orc Slayer, can finally rest for a moment or 2.
After a turn or 2 of investigating the village, a gnome appears on one of the roofs. He insists the party lay down their arms and lay face down on the ground. 2 female human archers appear. One of the PCs does not follow directions and is shot with an arrow. Better do as your told!
Once you surrender, a female wearing chain mail, and a shield with the sign of Kelanen, Prince of Swords, introduces herself as Fina Fen Kela. A male halfling, wearing nothing more than black clothing, follows close behind. He introduces himself as Jang Milos. “If ya ever need a good thief…” he mentions.
The gnome, Atanasoff, a priest of Murlynd, speaks with Fina before casting a spell, most likely a spell of detect alignment, on the PCs.
The 2 arches are Elohi & Tannya, female humans, Aleq, Burrama, Raffey, and Tobal, male human fighters recruited from Sterich, and Hafenree, a beautiful female elf, wearing studded leather and has a clear spingle circling directly above her head at all times. Hafenree immediately takes to Boethian Volonwood. She to is a ranger, but is from the the Adri Forest to the far east near what was once the Great Kingdom.
Fina Fen Kela explains to the PCs:
The city of Elredd was one of the few towns in the Flanaess that hosted a permanent temple to the hero-deity Kelanen. The destruction of the temple attracted Kelanen’s attention and his ire, and so he has given me the task of rebuilding the temple."
The gnome, Atanasoff, continues, “this will require the eventual elimination of humanoids from Elredd, of course”
Fina Fen tells the PCs they are welcomed to stay in Fallowfield for the night and her party will do their best to keep them safe. But she warns the PCs, “2 of our own are currently scouting up to a days away travel to the north. We believe that soon a large group or orcs, aided with ogres, will soon be here. We suggest you arm yourselfs and prepare to do your parts”
More than a 20 hours go by as the priests attempt to rest and heal those that need healing and everyone attempts to rest as all of you prepare for battle.
Hangrim & Holfyar, male dwarf brothers from the Kron Hills, enter the camp. “They are less than an hour away” says Hangrim. His brother, Holfyar, in a frightened tone of disbelief says, “and unless our eyes are being fooled by the arcane, they are travelling with a fire giant”
Within the hour more than 2 dozen orcs, lead by a 1/2 orc, enter the village and begin burning down anything that is standing.
2 ogres wait at the perimeter of the village before rushing in to attack
The dwarves were correct, here comes the fire giant.
Fina Fen Kela gives the order to attack.
Fina and Shavinski The Orc Slayer are killed by the fire giant. The bloody fight lasts nearly a turn before the humanoids and giant are dead. Several of the orcs flee.
Several items of value are found in the giants purse, including a ring. The mage, Jack Cronus, identifys that it is a wish ring that contains 1 last wish.
After a long debate over who to bring back to life, the adventurers bring back Shavinski.
The decision has been made to travel back to Elredd and take out Davis.
“I wont let the misses fall for no reason. Ear me lads?! says the halfling. Jang decides it is time for an ale, another to add to his already many today. “The adventuring thing is hard work” he says. “So why deny a obbit a little something to elp?”
The gnome, Atanasoff, priest of Murlynd, prepares the body of his leader, Fina. “Look at what they have done to you. We will have you back in no time” he says to Fina.