The rutted King’s Road leads to the foot of a broad hill that holds the walled village of Winterhaven. The village is nestled in the southern foothills of the Cairngorm Peaks. The walls are weathered stone topped by defensive palisades. Small thatched homes stand around Winterhaven, each fronting a small piece of farmland or pasture. Beyond the farms to the west and south lie dark woods, and to the north, tall mountain peaks.
On entering Winterhaven, the band was immediately confronted by Wrafton’s Inn. Mana circled around and headed straight to the local temple (after trying to buy some fine clothes on credit and being rescued by Noorwyn’s coin and cultured airs). On reaching the temple, he found out that Sister Linora would be holding a service to the gods, chiefly Avandra, later in the evening.
Mana returned to the tavern where the others had already entered and chatted up some of the townsfolk in an effort to try to find their Mentor. Noorwyn had wasted no time unleashing his charms on Salvan Wrafton and he quickly developed a couple of leads: Gesh Gozer had had dealings with Eilian the Old; and Lord Padraig might also know more.
Then a quiet elf hunter, Ninaran entered the tavern. Without acknowledging anyone she stiffly walked straight to her favourite corner to drink alone with a bitter countenance. Noorwyn, however, was feeling lucky and couldn’t resist a challenge. He invited himself to her table, ordered drinks and hammed it up with sour Ninaran as best he could. Ninaran confirmed knowledge of mauraders on the road but that they didn’t bother her, and little else.
Agresiv kept watch over Brok while Mana spoke to Eilian the Old and learned that Ghesh had likely followed a lead to an old dragon burial site SE of the town. Mana also found out that there was a sage in town, Valthrun the Prescient. He bought a round of drinks for all the farmers.
Just then Lord Padraig entered the tavern and Noorwyn turned his attention to the town’s warlord. Lord Padraig didn’t know anything about Gozer, but he did want to talk about the kobold problem and offered Noorwyn 100 gold and all the treasure they find in the lair if they rid the area of the kobold menace. He also gave Noorwyn a map, showing the location of the kobold lair.
By this time the service at the temple had already begun and Mana hurried back to the temple to catch the tail end of the service. When it was over he spoke at length with Linora, telling her their story in the hopes that she could shed some light on it all. But he disguised his name, calling himself Aman. Linora wasn’t much help, but implored him to help rid the town of the kobolds, if he could.
Brok had wandered over to the temple, feeling a little left out. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), he didn’t find Mana, as Linora had taken him into an antechamber at the back of the temple for their lengthy conversation.
Mana exited the temple after speaking with Linora and headed straight for the tower, where he surmised Valthrun lived. Brok and Agresiv met up with him and Mana asked Brok to knock on the door with the butt of his morning star. No answer came from within, so they decided to call it a night. Returning to the tavern they found Eilian the Old still there, drinking. They showed him the map to the kobold lair and asked him if the dragon burial site was at the same place. Eilian explained that it was not the same and sketched the location of the dragon burial site on their map.
Next day, at Brok’s urging, the group decided to first explore the dragon burial site. However, before leaving town, Mana insisted on visiting Valthrun the Prescient and Noorwyn insisted on calling on Lord Padraig. At Valthrun’s tower the old sage finally answered the door. Although not excited to see the adventurer’s before having his morning tea, Mana was able to catch his attention with the pendant he had picked up from the kobold ambushers. Valthrun took the offered pendant and said he would consult his library and give them more information when next they meet. At Lord Padraig’s manor Noorwyn insisted on a written contract before tackling the town’s kobold problem. Padraig was annoyed by agreed nonetheless, eager as he is to be rid of the menace to his townsfolk and travelers.
So then off they went to the dragon burial site, about an hour’s walk through the wilderness SE from town. Finally they came upon a steep-sided crater puncturing the wilderness. Near the centre of the depression were several humanoid figures clustering around a collection of bones. Two small, dragonlike creatures near the crater rim stood alert and stared as the band of adventurers approached.
A gnome called to them from below, “You can’t fully appreciate what we’ve uncovered from up above. Come down toward the dragon bones and see what the workers have discovered.” They recognized him – it was Feygis! They descended into the crater and battle ensued.
The fasted one to move was a human behind the others who had been concentrating on something when they arrived. When the fight began he looked up and called out to the adventurers, “Did you come seeking your precious ‘Mentor’? I have personally seen to it that you will never find him!” and with that, he lifted a blanket that had been covering a bundle on the ground – it was Gesh Gozer, bound and gagged! Magic runes glowed yellow on the charred floor of the crater in a circle around the mysterious man and in an instant they were gone, the human and the dragonborn. In reply to their vanishing Feygis shouted, “I’ll dispatch of them easily, Master, and rejoin you at the Keep very soon…” Little did Feygis know that his life was soon to end.
The adventurers soon dispatched the rag-tag band of dragon grave robbers and Noorwyn found a magic +1 amulet of health.
What to do now?
Brok wants to press on immediately to the Keep in pursuit of their Mentor and his captor.
Noorwyn wants to find the kobold treasure.
Mana wants to return to Valthrun the Prescient for further investigation.
How will the party decide?