Juli 20, 1066
On a hot Juli afternoon, a volunteer patrol came upon the Compson farm, which was under attack by a Goblin raiding party. The patrol consisted of: Oriphin, an Eladarin Wizard; Lunnin, a Halfling Fighter; Kaltes, a Human Wizard; and, Salen an Elven Cleric. When the patrol arrived, the Compsons had secured refuge inside their home and the Goblins were having their way with the livestock inside the barn.
The patrol dispatched the Goblins and were able to keep two of the farmer's cows alive. Ned Compson informed the patrol that the Goblins had come from The Black Forest, which bordered their farm. The local population believes the forest to be haunted and few enter it. The patrol followed the trail back to the Goblin campsite and finished the remainder of the raiding party, took their treasure, and headed back to Rasmark to report the Goblin presence.
It was nightfall by the time the patrol arrived back into town, so they headed to The Golden Bough, the only tavern in Rasmark. The Bough is a large tavern and is often crowded. On most nights there is entertainment, which is frequently Chaunticleer and his baudy theatre troupe.
When the patrol enterned the tavern, Copenhagen, the master Dwarf armorer, elder pillar of Rasmark, summoned them over. After the patrol reported, Copenhagen directed their attention to a human male sitting in the corner booth furthest from the baudy skits. He was a skinny man wearing round wire rim eye glasses. He had a moustache and was dressed entirely in black.
His name was Nigel Hawthorne and wanted to hire the patrol. He was looking for a ruin site in the Black Forest. Ruins tend to attract beasts and monsterous humanoids, so he wanted to hire the party to clear the way for him to gain access to an item he believed lay in the ruins. The item is a glass tube filled with blue liquid. He is unsure of what the liquid is exactly, which is why he wants it for research. The patrol detected no lie in his statement.
They agreed to terms. The patrol would clear the path to the bottom level of the ruins where he would claim the glass tube with the blue liquid. In exchange, he would pay each of the patrol 50 gold and lay no claim to any other treasure found along the way.
Juli 21, 1066
Hawthorne lead the patrol through The Black Forest for several hours. It was the deepest into the woods any of them had ever been. The noises of the fauna in the Black Forest all sounded off and the silences strange. Eventually, they made their way to a hill, but it appeared someone else had found the ruins and had begun exavating. There was a set of double metal doors with the words "Don't Enter" scrawled in Goblin. Naturally, the patrol entered and smashed the skeletons that came to life when they entered. Inside a storage room they found treasure.
Hawthorne informed them that he would wait for them in the safety of that area and told the patrol to get him when they've cleared the way to the 4th and bottom level. The patrol believing Hawthorne was honest left for the main entrance to the ruins at the top of the hill.
The entrance was a large open doorway fifteen feet wide and fifteen feet tall. There were no creatures to be seen. Upon entering the room the patrol set off a rock slide trap, which alerted the Goblins who set the trap to rush in for the kill. The Goblins were unsuccessful.
Experience Per Character: +525 XP.