Four strangers all connected to a retired adventurer arrive to the Grinning Goblin, a small tavern in the city of Tradekeep. Larkspur, a halfling archer travels from Rokourd to meet an old friend to discuss a vile curse that has been laid upon him numbering his days. Aegishand, a dwarf thief, has departed his home in Eltgaard to keep secret a magic gemstone he stole from a powerful warlord in the region. A dark swordsman with an even darker past, Solgrin, has come from Burndordraath to plot his next move: hide from his foes or confront them with bloody vengeance? Mogroth, a half-orc traveler, has been all across Dalun and recently has been made to deal with the grief of loosing his betrothed. She had been captured by evil men, now likely slain, he wishes to find her, confirm her fate and claim the gift she intended to give him – a gold-threaded belt.
The men were to meet with their mutual friend, Erel, once an infamous thief with a long and profitable career and now a retired adventurer and barkeep. However, their meeting quickly turned from discussing plans for the future to fighting for their lives!