Lainvin, a rarely seen eladrin, is known around Torbera’s Fast as a bard of particular skill. His exploits some years ago are still the subject of discussion in taverns around town. His missing left pinky finger gives testiment to the price that he paid to ensure the safety of the local elven tribes from a particularly effective orc warlord that he dispatched. To this day, the tribes bring him word of what is happening nearby and gifts to honor him. As such, Lainvin is the go-to guy for adventurers seeking quests.
Salmoneus, a young Ghent human bard seeking to bring word of the glories of Ghent’s defenders to inspire others to take back the light of civilization from a world sinking into darkness, joined with his friend, Fagrim, a Ghent dwarvish fighter who feels a desire to defend what he holds dear by bringing the fight to the enemy, on a journey to Torbera’s Fast. They meet up with Gennal, an elvish druid from the local tribes who spent decades learning under a Fey Lord in the FeyWild in the ways of nature’s power, and Aelar, an elvish dual-wielding ranger, who desires little more than to be able to end the threat of the orcs to the south, in the Bristling Boar Inn on the north side of Torbera’s Fast.
Lainvin sends them on a quest to slay the Urk tribe goblins that are have been harassing the local farmers and livestock since the death of their holy man who had resided beneath the city (the Rat King). The group manages to track down a goblin band that recently attacked a farmstead. Catching them off-guard, the battle was barely mentionable, except that the goblins were apparently so poor at navigation that they needed a map back to their own camp. The party eagerly followed the map back to the Urk tribe.
The assault began with the Urk sentries being tipped off by Gennal and Salmonius both stepping on twigs…shame. Gennal made up for his failure by immediately bringing down three of the buggers with a strategically placed entangling vines. Aelar followed up by sending one of their heads flying with her shortsword, but was almost ended by the sentries’ crossbow counterattacks. As the battle joined in full, things looked sketchy for a while for Aelar as she was continually healed by Salmoneus only to be picked on by the goblin guards. Fagrim proved his worth by truly dominating the goblin “elite” guards.
When Sancossug, the Urk High Shaman, appeared a few minutes after the battle from the FeyWild, the Fograth attempted to dive through a window and bull rush the fellow. He failed rather comically, finding himself prone in a window. While Gennal found himself having difficulties challenging Sancossug’s superior will, Aelar dealt brutle blow after brutle blow. Fagrim pinned the guy in place whenever it tried to shift away. From there, the battle was just cleanup.
A treasure appeared in the formerly empty tent with Sancossug’s death. Fagrim scored himself a rather nice horned helm, and the rest of the party gained a nice gold reserve. Unnoticed by the party after they had collected the goblin heads as proof of their exploits and departed, a creature came through the Fey portal before it closed…but that’s for another adventure.