Marpenoth 15th, 1491 DR Year Of The Scarlet Witch
Cloack Wood, Sword Coast South
Thank you for answering my call. Thank you for answering the call of Lords Alliance. Lord Dymbryl is a very important patriar of the city and an affiliate of the Alliance. His daughter, lady Moira, traveled to the great library of Candlekeep seeking answers for her research on the revival of magic. She should have return by now, but her father hasn’t heard from her. The Lord fears something could have happened to her and needs someone to look for her and her entourage. She left on a black carriage, accompanied by an old scholar and a handful of guards led by sir Lando, of the Knights of the Shield. You should travel along the Coast Way to the south and search for her. A piece of advice, be very careful of those lands. We live ind dangerous times.
Farewell my friends.
Knight of the Lords Alliance
Vernon read the papyrus for the second time this day, as his companions where sleeping next to the cart, around the small campfire. It was the middle of the month Marpenoth and the nights only got colder.
“See, i told you there isn’t anything hidden in the message.”, whispered the forest gnome to the air above his shoulder.
“Uuh? What did you say? Is it my turn to keep watch already?”, said Zoljin, half sleeping.
"No, nothing i said nothing. I mean yes, its your turn. Should we wake the waterdavian, too? ", responded Vernon.
“Nah. I doubt he even knows how to keep watch. Best leave the lord sleeping.” said Zoljin and picked up his dagger.
The three of them was a day south of Baldur’s Gate, searching for lady Moira. Lord Emeric wanted to gain the favor of the nobility, the cleric of Mystra, Vernon, knew the girl and supported her research and Zoljin was in it for the gold. The nobles pay better. However, there was something else, those three had in common even if they didn’t know it yet. They all dream of the same place, a dark hall full of statues and a hymn written on the wall, but each of them could only understand one specific verse.
Zoljin, found a dead guard with black arrows on his back, on the road. The tracks, indicated a goblin ambush. The goblins seem to dragged the travelers into the Cloackwood forest. With the first light of day, the companions, hid their cart to the bushes and enter the forest. The tracks led them to the a cave where goblins made their lair. Zoljin took out stealthy the three goblins in the entrance of the lair. Deeper in the cave they defeated a dozen of them. Zoljin slashing from the shadows, Vernon using the powers of his goddess and Emerik evoking the magic of the Archfey. The companions wandered deeper into the caves and rescued a guard, named Byorn. The goblins were torturing him and his knee was thrashed.
“They attacked us three or four nights ago. Goblins with wolves. I believe a bugbear is their chieftain. I last saw lady Moira taken to another cave before they drag me in here. Please help me.”, said the guard.
“He is only going to slow us down, there is nothing we can do for him.” , said Zoljin.
“It’s ok, i will carry him.”, argued Emerik.
The chieftain was sitting on a carved chair in his cavern, holding the chain of his wolf pet. In front of him two goblins were dividing the stolen goods. Zoljin’s blades were sudden and precise killing the goblins in an instant. Emerik sprayed magic poison against the bugbear and Vernon also hit the chieftain killing him before he even stands. But the ferocious beast bite with rage Zoljin, knocking him unconsious. His companions killed the beast and the cleric healed the rogue’s wounds. The bugbear had an odd key chained around his neck. They gathered the stolen treasures in a chest and dragged it behind them. Among the goods they found three items with a faint magic aura around them. A scroll, a violet potion, and leather bag.
Inside the goblin lair they found remnants of an ancient building. Stone stairs led to an altar with bronze plates full of coal on each side. Small fires were burning in them lighting a large stone door with geometric carvings in them. After examining the altar, that had dry blood on it and the runes around it, they suspected that “The noble blood will show the key hole”. Emerik cut his hand and dropped some bloodstains on the altar. The shapes on the stone started to move and a lock appeared. Zoljin used the key and the ancient door slide, showing the darkness behind it. Vernon used his holy light, to lit the corridors and they descended into the stone halls. After a while they found themselves into a dark hall full of statues with a hymn written on the wall, just like in their dream. Although, with each of them laying his eyes on the wall, the writing became clear. The statue of a knight holding a halberd, started to break unveiling the flesh beneath, as they read the hymn.
“Through the darkness
of future past
the magician longs to see
one chants out
between two worlds
shadow walk with me.”