The Party: (Donnus, Valus, Koradus, and Aldrick) arrived in Northwater on June, 29th of the current year.
The refugees were safely escorted into the city where they dispersed. The group began to make their way toward Northkeep to meet with the the Earl.
As the party walked through the city Donnus’ amulet began to buzz and six portals of demonic origin appeared. Six chitinous demons leaped out of the portals. The party fought valiantly to protect the innocents around them, but some were eviscerated before the group could save them or distract the demons. The party managed to destroy one of the unnatural beasts before the other disappeared in a red magic mist.
The party, broken and bleeding, is taken into custody by the city guard and escorted to Northkeep. The party is led before Earl Barrond and the court where they are accused of summoning the demons. The Earl pardoned them, and recognized them as valiant heroes for their efforts in freeing the refugees and battling the demons.
However, in the same breath he explains that villains or not they represent a danger to the town of Northwater because they somehow attracted these demons. The Earl declares that they must leave the city, but that they will be granted an audience with the Earl’s advisor, Dauthir, to attempt to make their case before they leave the city.
After they are removed from the Earl’s court they are escorted, ostensibly, to Dauthir. However, their guards deny them audience with Dauthir.
They attempt to bind the party for the trip out of the city. Most of the party acquiesces, ready to leave the damned city, but Aldrick resists.
The guards bludgeon Aldrick senseless, nearly killing him in the street before they allow the group to carry him out. For a silver piece the party had their belonging returned by a vagrant boy.
A lone rider approaches them as they leave the town. The rider wears only a simple brown cloak, but he reveals himself to be the Earl’s adviser, Dauthir. He says that he wishes to speak to them, despite their banishment at the Earl’s order, for the good of all of Northwater.
Fearing that the party’s enemies may be around he ushers them into a nearby tavern and they gather in an isolated booth.
Dauthir explained that the party had been marked. He believed that our battles with the devils caused us to “stink of the hells”. this caused us to be targeted and seen by demons, and become accidentally involved in the cosmic battle between the forces of evil. He stated that this taint must be cleansed.
Donnus revealed his unorthodox faith (which can be viewed here)
To remove the “stink of the hells” we must return an item of power to it’s place of origin and destroy it there. The Amulet of the Centaur Chief was put forth as an item of power which could have the effect of removing the taint from us.