It all started as a simple courier job: Take a minor magical trinket to a bunch of mages in a tower in the middle of nowhere. Swap the trinket to another trinket. Check out the goblins. This was the task given to three operatives of the Thieves’ Guild in Glitterhägen: Darel the dark elf ranger, Nayiri the half-elf bard, and Tara the wood elf wizard.
On the trek to the aforementioned tower (Boltstrike Pillar) our heroes quickly found goblins skulking in the woods, but managed to get to the tower in one piece. The trinket swap took place and the Mages’ Guild forces at Boltstrike Pillar pointed the group towards the ruins of Greenstand fort, deeper in the woods, where goblins and hobgoblins were massing to strike at the Pillar. Again, a straightforward task: go trigger the traps in the ruins to deal with the enemies and come back for some easy money.
It turned out that triggering the traps was unnecessary because someone had already done so, and what seemed like signs of a dragon strafing the ruins had dealt with what little forces were remaining. And then the blue dragon Krovikir and its lizard-man allies attacked the Pillar. While the Pillar had been infiltrated from within. The battle was fierce and the defenders of the Pillar managed to rout the dragon (which the heroes, with the unexpected assistance of a dwarven fighter, later finished off), but not without severely crippling the remaining defenses of the place, which then succumbed to treachery from within.
Our heroes rushed to try and reclaim Boltstrike Pillar from its invaders, and did indeed manage to kill the invading lizard men and the treacherous dragonling mutant. But the victory came at a cost. During the battle the remaining mages at the Pillar were killed by the dragonling, and the magical trinket (a dagger by the name of Gläzentorg) was lost in a confusing chain of events. The dagger was taken from Tara by a shadowy figure who may or may not have been the Prince of Shadows. To make things worse, when the trio finally left back towards Gillterhägen, the trees around Boltstrike Pillar were moving to surround the remains of the fort built around it. This may be related to a druid by the name of Qualest who they encountered while heading off to deal with the routed dragon.
The dragon was severely wounded by the defenders of Boltstrike Pillar, and crashed in the nearby woods. The trio was persuaded by the strange druid to go and deal with the dragon, before it manages to recover. This they did, with the unexpected help of a dwarven fighter named Grumble.
What was the dwarf doing there? He seeks to try and reclaim his birthright in the abandoned gold mine of Oltar Ugosh, and the only known entrance to its non-submerged parts happened to be in the very same cave to which the dragon had retreated. Grumble would after the battle with the dragon disappear behind a solid steel door at the back of the cave, and not be seen by the trio until some days later.
When reporting what happened at Boltstrike Pillar to their ring-leader (a dwarf by the name of Hurby) the trio would tell that everyone at Boltstrike Pillar was already dead, and that it and its magical powers now lie unclaimed.
Furthermore, back in the city, a chance encounter lead to a confusing turn of events for Darel as she saw what can only be her own death at the hands of a demon. A duplicate of some sort (clone? twin? time-shifted copy? who knows?) rushed past a street the trio was walking along, and Darel noticed the glint of an identical pendant she wears. Following the strange character, they catched up with her just in time to witness her death. After dealing with the demon, a strange figure of uncertain dimensions was spotted on the rooftops, and this figure may have something to do with the later disappearance of Darel’s duplicate’s corpse.
Nayiri’s urchin network has been put to look for more such strange occurrences, but for now, the more immediate matter of dealing with the fallout of Boltstrike Pillar takes priority…