The small communities on the outskirts of Fallcrest have begun to disappear: whole families missing, farmsteads burnt to the ground, and the local populous is on edge. In the midst of summer, temperature has dropped dramatically. Heavy thunderstorms and snow flurries threaten the year’s harvest. Unrest and rumors have overtaken the people as they huddle behind the walls of Fallcrest, dependent on their small militia to defeat whatever foe is endangering their future.
As a response to this unknown threat, the local government deemed it necessary to apprehend any suspicious outsiders they found on the outskirts of Fallcrest. As our heroes traveled through the Nentir Vale, they were arrested separately, on the same night, by very large groups of guards.
Each cell simply provisioned a bucket in place of bathroom, the prison smelled of waste and mildew. No light was provided except that of the lightning storm raging outside the thin window slits.
When told they would be executed in the morning to make way for new prisoners, Regdar, human wizard, used his spells to pull the keys from the prison guard’s hand.
As the guard ran for help, the goalith barbarian,, grabbed the guard through the prison cell and killed the guard with his own sword.
Aided by the changeling Ruz, the party used their talents to escape the prison, slaying many guards, executing prison Warden Oran, and killing a knight named Thorn. The party freed several other prisoners during the escape.
Once across the Nentir river, the party began to see torches light on the opposite bank, no doubt those of pursuing guards.
The party hired a fellow inmate, a Rat-Man named Garrell, to guide them through the unknown wilderness to safety. The group moved quickly through the hills, traveling for three hours, and camped on the edge of The Cloak Wood.
When approached by a mercenary troll named Blarg, dragging a jagged great sword and the carcass of a deer in the dead of night, the party used diplomacy and coin to hire the sellsword as their ally. When the troll asked what the group was to be named, Ash, Bullywug Thief, responded with, “Blarg’s Gang.” The group of heroes then became officially known as Blarg’s Gang.