Year 1, Month 1 – Calathan
The party, which consists of Dakvas, Bartleby, the Scrivener, Drenieon, Sir Porkwaffles, Phaxnsette, Houka, and Hawk Greyveil, forms in the bustling city of Calathan, a place many adventurers gather due to its central location on Lemuria. In preparation for their adventures they visit the markets in downtown Calathan, picking up some basic equipment, tools, and rations. Somehow, having not frequented this part of town often, they get horribly lost and find themselves in a dark alley. Coming to a dead end, they turn around to try and backtrack, but are set upon by very unkempt thugs, who are easily defeated. Just as more thugs pour out of nearby buildings to assist their fallen comrades, knights on horseback ride in and dispatch the thugs. They are the knights of the city guard, and they make the necessary arrests. They are led by none other than the King of Calathan, Lucian IV. An old but energetic leader, he personally saves the party from the thugs, and it just so happens that he’s been looking for adventurers for a special job.
The party follows Lucian back to his castle, in the heart of the city. Lucian has gathered adventurers across the land and when the party reaches his castle he finally begins to unveil his plan. He tells everyone that the neighboring kingdom of Rakthan is planning to unleash war upon Calathian lands, and that a preemptive strike is necessary to avert crisis. He sends the adventurers out on missions towards this end. The party is tasked with routing a supply caravan in the woods, and they set off immediately.
The party reaches the road that cuts through the woods, spotting the caravan that is heading west towards Rakthan. They are surprised that the caravan is not guarded by the soldiers they were expecting, but young boys. In response, they ignore their orders to kill everyone on sight and use stealth to dispatch the boys leading the caravan. They find lots of food within the caravans, and lists of families that the food is supposed to go to. Bartleby writes up fake documents to reroute the food to Calathian villages, and the party returns to Calathan.
When they return, Lucian asks them how their mission went, and they lie about killing the people there. Lucian congratulates them on a job well done and immediately hands over the next assignment, claiming that this one is of a higher priority. The party is handed a scroll and given a location, and the scroll is sealed, only to unlock upon their arrival. The party travels to the village of Lysidia that they’ve been asked to go to and break the seal. Their assignment is to raze the place to the ground and to slaughter its inhabitants, paying special attention to the women and children who are supposedly learning dark magic to use against Calathan. In fact, there are already adventurers from Calathan there, setting fire to a school. They have the students and teachers cornered. Dakvas, Houka, Porkwaffles, and Drenieon intervene, slaying the other adventurers, while the rest of the party abstains from combat. After defeating their fellow adventurers, the party questions the people of the village, who claim to have no real loyalty to the Rakthian papacy nor knowledge of any dark arts.
Disillusioned by the tasks they’ve been sent to due, the party begins to question King Lucian’s actions. After talking to the villagers they decide to investigate Lucian’s plans further before working for him any longer. They find out that Lucian has had special interest in a nearby mine shaft and decide that exploring it will be their next goal. Drenieon and Hawk split from the party to go back to Calathan to question Lucian about his actions, and the rest of the party goes to the mine shaft.
When Drenieon and Hawk arrive at Calathan Castle, they immediately confront Lucian. Lucian realizes that the party is starting to catch on to his schemes, so he calls his guards and arrests Drenieon and Hawk. They are sent to the dungeons beneath the castle.
Meanwhile, the rest of the party ventures to the mine shaft that they heard about from the villagers in Lysidia. They expect to find Calathian soldiers or workers, but the place is mysteriously empty. They venture in, battling spiders throughout the mine shaft, in search of what lies within that Lucian wants so badly. Some of the spiders have legs covered in gold for some reason, which Dakvas collects along the way. At the deepest part of the cave, the party battles a giant golden spider and defeats it. The pools of water in this part of the cave seem to turn objects into gold, and upon further investigation, the party find a glowing golden orb at the bottom of a pool which seems to be causing this effect. They carefully retrieve the orb, only to be set upon suddenly by Lucian and several warriors dressed in black: Calathian elite assassins. Lucian demands that the party hand over the orb, which they refuse, so he orders his soldiers to arrest them. The party is rejoined in the dungeons beneath Calathan Castle, awaiting their demise.