An Early Frost
You find yourself in a small town of Eldren in eastern Taldor just north of the border wood near Qadira.
The sleepy village of Eldren has rarely seen so much excitement or concern. Hunters from the nearby Border Wood speak of unnaturally cold weather at the height of summer that descended on the forest just days ago. Heavy snow followed, and those who returned spoke of an uneasy presence in the woods, as well as new, dangerous predators. No one knows what this event means, but the town’s soothsayer, Old Mother Theodora, claims dark times lie ahead.
As if in proof of that dire prophecy, a badly wounded mercenary arrived in town yesterday, claiming to be a bodyguard of Lady Argentea Malassene. He told the village council that the noblewoman’s escort came under attack by bandits and strange, wintry creatures near the edge of the Border Wood. He alone escaped, and Lady Argentea was dragged away into the forest. Now the townsfolk cast fearful eyes toward the snowy forest, worried what else might emerge to threaten their peaceful village.
You are currently at the The Silver Stoat the local Tavern. A young Paladin, a Monk, a Druid and a Ranger are sat at one of the tables of the tavern. The druid is a young half elf who is native to the area, she commutes back and forth between the forest and the town to deliver supplies form her mother every two weeks. She has heard the rumors and is wary to re-enter the woods alone and placed a notice on the local town hall bulletin board, seeking companions that are willing and able to enter the forest. A young Paladin arrives who seeks to help anyone in need. he practically still has that new Paladin smell.
A road worn elf wants to enter the woods for her own reasons; she mentions a hunting lodge within and seeks to join them. the druid affirms that her mother and her self live in a valley near a hunting lodge that protects the area. They have always relied on them for protection. In times of need they have cared for the wounded in the rare occurrence of bandits in the area. Lastly, a young woman who works at the Silver Stoat over hears your conversation and makes her self known. She wishes to accompany the party into the woods for her own reasons. She seems fit and hale and seems to know how to handle herself from years of dealing with travelers in the bar.