In the marketplace of Cragstone, the Aluvian capital. Grumbar a solidly built Half-Orc, wearing the former hide of his quarries as protection; keeps his hands close to his side near his trusty axes, as he fixes his gaze on the happenings of a cleric of the Sun Pelor preaching loudly to any who will hear his call. This priest calls himself Nevitash. His eye features are unusual for most kinds of humans, and Nevitash seems to use this feature to his advantage when getting or keeping peoples attention. Another individual named Oldris Namere, with obvious appearances of martial training looks upon with interest as the cleric performs small miracles in the name of Pelor.
Another gentleman asks the cleric if he can look at an item he recently purchased from a Dragonborn barbarian adventurer named Nadarr Baldric On inspection this curio was noticed as evil and tainted with perversion. Nevitash advises the owner to get rid of the item, the man being out three gold crowns was a bit distraught when hearing the bad tidings of a trade gone poorly. Nevitash showed mercy and purchased the dark item while inquiring more about its former owner (an adventurer named Baldric). The man realized quickly this had all the makings of something bigger and suggested the cleric, the ranger, and the fighter form a squad and make sure that the other curio Baldric has gets destroyed as well.
Navitash, Grumbar, and Oldris share introductions, and then press on to find this Dragonborn adventurer named Baldric. Asking around the group picks up Baldric’s trail to a provisoners called Kasty’s. The group enters the building to find that several Halflings are bound and gagged on the floor. The cleric telepathically asks, “What’s going on? Are the bandit(s) still inside?” The Halflings are unsure. they did indicatre their assailants as five humans in yellow robes and brown rimmed hats. Grumbar with back up from Oldris tried to stealthily clear the general store.
The bandits must have made a get away but no before they stole a horse and wagon and along with many of the stores victuals. The group tried to track the wagon, but the drought made it difficult to track the wagon ruts. The group used some intuition and checked the north gate; after all Kasty’s isn’t very far that location. The group arrived to the gate and got a positive identification from the gate guard. The guard said he just seen the people in yellow robes and brown hats passed by on the horse and wagon. Not wanting to be out ran by the horse and wagon. The group quickly went to procure horses but being light on funds, asked the Kasty’s if they could assist. Assistance they did receive and each were loaned a riding horse for the pursuit.
The party caught up to the brigands and a Dragonborn in hide armor wearing all sorts of teeth, feathers, claws, and other fetishes engaged in combat with two of the yellow robed brigands. The other three bandits were occupied trying to save their horse and wagon which had partially fallen into a sink hole. As the party drew nearer the wild-eyed leader of the yellow robed cult hollers “Behold, I have prophesied this! It’s a trap! Kill them all!” With that the party engaged in combat. The wild-eyed cult leader could raise his companions from the death. The seemingly harmless sink hole turned out to be an ant tunnel. The giant ants were trying to pull the horse into their domain. After some tough blows from the squad; the cultists were stopped the ants were laid to waste and the evil charm worn by the crazed cult leader broke against the wagon and unleashed a vile creature from the far realm called a taint-lasher. This aberration, a truly horrific sight, pulsed and phased in and out of reality. Those with weak will could feel their hold on sanity tear away from them. The taint creature was destroyed.
The party shackled the crazed cult leader and questioned him about these creature and the meaning of these sickly purple glowing cubes. The plot thickens as these cubes are used as transportation vessels into the world. Those with weak wills will fall under the taints influence and go to chaos scar to deliver more of these caustic curios to inconspicuous places around Dereth. The horse and cart were returned with gratitude and reward for the party. The madman was turned over to Cragstone law enforcement. The party was interested in an audience with the lord Mayor. An audience was granted and the party went to relax and recuperate from an exhilarating day at the King and Troll. The group was sent a message to meet the lord Mayor early that morning. A stately looking Eldarin wearing finely made clothing, directly asks why they take his time? Navitash tells of the danger of the taints and what they discovered about these prism like curios. The Lord Mayor asks them to go to Arwic and talk to a Sage named Geoferry . He maybe able to assist them in their quest. The lord Mayor thanked them for their service to Cragstone and the Aluvian people.
The party request horses from the Kasty’s who are happy to oblige. And on the way to Arwic destroy encounter a living plant type creature which is slowly creeping toward them. The plant is destroyed and from inside the plant a Kobold which was discovered still alive wanted the party to help him stop some Halfling bandits called the Brothers Gray. The declined his plea and discovered in a near by cavern two more of the far-realm monstrosity filled curios. The party destroyed the prisms and their occupants. The party continues their ride to Arwic.