Post Greyhawk Wars: 585 CY
Lying l0 miles north of Port Elredd along the coast, this section of 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. It remained that way until recently.
The city of Elredd was one of the few towns in the Flanaess that hosted a permanent temple to the hero-deity Kelanen (swords, sword skills, balance), also known as the Prince of Swords. The destruction of the temple attracted Kelanen’s attention and his ire, and so he has given one of his worshipers the task of rebuilding the temple. This will require the eventual elimination of humanoids from Elredd, of course. However, since Kelanen seeks balance in all things, his minion believes that the allied hordes of humanoids in the Pomarj must be viewed as having an unbalancing effect on the region. Thus, the godling wouldn’t object to having them scattered.
The worshiper chosen was Fina Fen Kela, a priestess and a seasoned tactician. Fina’s longtime traveling companion was Atanasoff, an eccentric gnome and worshiper of Murlynd (magical “technology”), another hero-deity. The Prince of Swords approved of the gnome’s involvement, since Kelanen and Murlynd once worked together to imprison Iuz back in the sixth century. Fina and Atanasoff gathered a party of adventurers with the purpose of ridding Elredd of the humanoids. Some time ago, they took up residence in the village of Fallowfield to spy on their enemies and plan their strategy.