The Moonshaes

Book I, Chapter I

In which the adventurers are given a task

Upon arriving at the capital of Callidyrr, Lily Highflower led the party to the city's keep, where they met with the High King, Derid Kendrick. Despite his impressive title, the castle of Caer Callidyrr has fallen into some disrepair, and the king seemed stressed by the pressures of running his kingdom. Nonetheless, he was very grateful for the safe return of his brewmaster, and rewarded the group with another task and the promise of payment if they could successfully complete it.

He told the party that an ancient prophecy had recently come to light, regarding five lost temples of The Earthmother, a local deity revered by the Ffolk. He explained that many of the events in the prophecy had begun to occur – including goblin attacks in the Dernall Forest, the disappearance of the Great Druid, and an astronomical phenomenon in which the Tears of Selûne precede the moon rather than trail it. According to the prophecy, it was essential for these five temples to be found and rededicated to the Earthmother.

The five adventurers agreed to undertake the task, and set out early the next morning for the village of Lehigh, where the king had suggested they begin their search. On the way, they spotted a goblin ambush and rescued a woodcutter from Lehigh who had been taken captive by the goblin forces that were terrorizing the town. After this fight, Corry found a small, well-crafted toy soldier puppet the goblins had clearly stolen.

Continuing to Lehigh, they heard a commotion some distance off the road. After heading into the bush to investigate, they found a large group of goblins attempting to subdue a majestic white stag and capture it in the name of something called "the Great Gark." Upon dispatching the goblins, the stag gave its blessing to Grick in thanks for their part in its rescue, and set off into the woods. Grick immediately sensed that the creature would later return.

Upon arriving in Lehigh, the party found that the small village had been besieged by a large force of goblins. Their leader, a shaman, was conducting some kind of a ritual to raise the corpses of goblins killed in the fighting, summoning spirits to inhabit their bodies and continue their campaign of terror throughout the forest. Corry and Vala made quick work of killing the shaman, while the rest of the party picked off the goblin guards and worgs that accompanied her.

The villagers were extremely grateful for their rescue and offered the adventurers places to stay in their homes until athe next step of their journey became clear. Corry was able to return the lost toy soldier to a local girl named Trawlindy, who had lost her parents in the attack. She was extraordinarily pleased to have the toy – made for her by her father – back in her possession.

 

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