It all began in the small logging town of Valden. Five strangers found themselves in the town's quaint but inviting tavern not knowing that soon their lives would soon be intertwined. There was Cordyr, the headstrong noble with a craving for adventure. Soren, a fledgling Justicar on his first real assignment. Renald, a pragmatic bard with a penchant for drawing. Silva, a wild barbarian that prefers the comfort of nature, while still recognizing the benefits of civilization.. And finally there's Shel, a ranger from the nearby woods that only wants a chance to protect her home, as well as the people that occupy it.
A few of our adventurers struck up a conversation and began to discuss the possibility of grouping together as the town's flood bell began to sound. The group made their way outside the inn, only to find an enormous water elemental descending upon the town. In order to save the town the group began to fight off the elemental. Once Cordyr managed to wrestle a corrupted frog from the creatures core and Renald insulted the frog to death; the water began to subside and the flood started to drain.
After a brief discussion with the town's leader Jerald Rhinehart, the group decided that they should stay together while they investigated the source of the frog's corruption. Additionally Soren was charged with finding an arcane expert named Vikhtik Talmore, and he believes his disappearance is related to the unusual attack. So the group set out to the north in search of Vikhtik and the source of the corruption.
After only a half day's travel, Cordyr's owl Hufflepuff spotted a campsite a few miles up the river. Upon closer inspection they discovered that whoever inhabited the camp before had been attacked by a group of goblins. Silva and Renald hatched a plan to lure some goblins behind a tree and ambush them before they could react. They managed to wipe out nearly half the group before the rest realized what was happening. Silva grabbed a goblin's body as a weapon and the group assaulted the goblins. After some close calls and another elemental creature attack, the party was able to subdue the goblins as well as their Bugbear partner. Left with the aftermath of their attack, our adventurers have nothing but questions about the strange campsite, the numerous barrels containing a dangerous black liquid, and the unidentified figure laying unconscious in one of the goblins' cages.