It began when a motley crew of wanderers found themselves in the Stripey Horse Tavern in Levenge.
Badden the Elf from Aelfdom at the edge of the world, Urik the free Goliath from the Charge, and Knarillas the Eladrin from the desolate lands east of the Charge were approached by the notorious trader Carswell van der Huyt to investigate trouble with his caravans. While posing as innocent travellers, the trio were caught up in a bandit ambush, and with the help of the itinerant priest Saint Belardan and his companion, were able to fight them off. Later, they tracked the bandits to their lair and destroyed the nest, at the same time capturing a bandit who claimed to be in the employ of Giramelle de Sailly, a rival of Carswell’s. Belardan decided to throw in his lot with the group, seeing in them some glimpse of fate, destiny and… memory.
Odd jobs around Levenge followed, first for van der Huyt, and later for de Sailly. Along the way, the party made acquaintance with Janpere Gaultarre, an inventor who assisted then in illicit crossings of the river Lev by means of his Submersible.
When a Sea-devil incursion threatened the city, the heroes were drawn into a crusade against them, and eventually tracked them to their lair, and into confrontation with a gigantic four-armed specimen. The creature spoke of gods, in the plural, and asseted that there were not dead, merely waiting. The diseased and obviously insane creature was dispatched after an epic fight, and the party escaped the flooding lair with moments to spare.
Returning to a heroes’ welcome, the group had evidently incurred the displeasure of the beautiful Giramelle de Sailly. For what reason is unknown, but no matter as before they had time to reflect they had been recruited by Gaultarre’s uncle, the infamous Cecil Gaultarre and his strange, horned bodyguard Bison Bloodhorn. Urik took his leave at this point, to pursue the building slave rebellion perhaps, or follow his destiny in seeking the great magical trees of his people’s legends.
The heroes took ship to Thire, home to the minotaurs. Cecil is driven by tales of ancient ruins in Thire, and although he has never volunteered details, is confident that certain artifacts supporting his theories can be found there. They disembarked at Teffenhove and after supplying themselves pushed on into the interior, guided by a pair of tribal minotaurs. Along the way, they came across a ruined Eladrin tower, which turned out to be the erstwhile home of the legendary wizard Kautas. It seems that a green dragon he had reared from an egg had turned against him, claiming his tower and treasures as its own. Of Kautas there was no sign, but he had left something of interest… a sphere, the sight of which excited Cecil very much, and that Badden recognised as bearing maps of the coastline of Thire and the Sunlit lands, among other strange lands not on the maps of the Known World.
Cecil drove the group on, west and toward the highlands of the interior. There they encountered a woman with an elven entourage, and Badden and Knarillas divined her to be in fact, a hag. She was none other than the Reaper of Horns, scourge of the minotaurs of the area. After some taunting and barely veiled threats, the two groups parted, and the heroes came to the camp of the Minotaur Hetman Ullutk.
There they have remained for several weeks. The drums of war are beating though, as the Bhalla Tubu orcs are encroaching further into minotaur land. Ullutk has come under pressure from other hetmen, who see that he has not dealt with this threat, and fear that his weakness will endanger them all. Several councils have been called, and somehow Cecil has managed to inject himself into these. Knarillas, who has picked up a smattering of the minotaur tongue, has also attended the last council. It seems that a great gathering of hetmen is about to happen. Such a thing has not occurred in living memory.
So the question is – will the heroes stand with the minotaurs, or will they push on and avoid the strife? If so, what will they return to on the way back from their expedition?