A group of adventurous friends were relaxing in the town of Brindol. They were waiting the arrival of two friends who they expected to arrive several days later. Suddenly, goblins and hobgoblins burst into their inn and attacked the patrons. The adventurers defeated the goblinoids and exited the inn to find the whole town under attack. Moving to help the defenders, they engaged and killed an ogre pulling a cart and throwing burning casks of pitch. Soon after, the hobgoblin forces retreated into the night.
The next morning, they were approached by Councilmember Eoffram Troyas, who wished to hire them to recover some kidnapped townsfolk and also several Red Hand relics the hobgoblins had taken from a museum. After convincing the Councilmember that they were capable of taken the job, and interrogating a hobgoblin prisoner, they set off after the hobgoblins. The skill of their elven ranger, Fulk, kept them on the trail and out of trouble, and they made good time.
Finding the hobgoblin’s refuge – the catacombs beneath the ruined skeleton of Castle Rivenroar – they ventured inside. On their first incursion, they defeated several groups of goblins and hobgoblins, a pair of trained carnivorous apes in a chamber full of dangerous mushrooms, and some flame scorpions which were paired with some gnomes. In addition they rescued Sertanian and Zerriksa. They managed to learn that there seemed to be a whole group of gnomes who were working with the hobgoblins for some unknown reason, also that there were undead deeper within the catacombs, and the prisoners were fated to be given to the undead.
To recover their strength, the adventurers retreated outside and hid in one of Rivenroar’s ruined tower bases. Then they descended once again, leaving Usgald to protect the rescued captives. They found a new group of hobgoblins guarding the entrance, this time with a large hound and archers. Heading a different direction, they first fought another gnome, trained dire rats and a horde of vicious weasels. In the next chamber, they not only found Andronsius, but also their comrades, Glimer and Astalf. Apparently, they had arrived in the area early, but had the misfortune of coming across the hobgoblin troupe returning from their foray into Brindol. With their friends bolstering their numbers, they pushed on, and found that at least some of the gnomes were wererats, and they first faced two of these wererats along with a bound demon that was released upon the party, then they faced two more gnome wererats along with two more gnomes, one of which was a spellcaster.
Moving back the other direction, they found the hobgoblins main living space. By this time, the tribe’s numbers had been severely depleted, and they faced off against several hobgoblins, a pair of spitting drakes, a goblin spellcaster, and a sneaky goblin that had escaped from them twice the previous day. Their strength having been depleted by their battles with the gnomes, the group thought to once again retreat to the tower. As they were leaving they heard the rush of a heavy, clanking figure, and Sinruth, chieftain of the hobgoblins descended upon them. Fortunately for them, Sinruth had a hard time landing a solid blow on either of the heavily armored paladins, and the group’s superior numbers quickly laid the tyrant low. They then found Jalissa in the next chamber over, who told them that Mirtala had been given to the undead. They also found the Red Hand relics in the crypt that Sinruth had taken as his own chamber, as well as a mysterious note.
Despite his being on his last legs, Sune thought it would be best to press on and try to rescue some more of the prisoners, three of whom were still unaccounted for. They found a patrol of zombies and ghouls in a room with a shadowy sunburst pattern which seemed to strengthen the undead, but they defeated them. Now in no condition to press on, they retreated to regather their strength. Unknown to them, Thurann had managed to free himself and the defeat of the undead patrol allowed him to make his own way out of his hiding place, and he emerged from the catacombs half an hour after the party had. Despite his young age and having heard Mirtala die, he put on a brave face, confident in the fact that his father was still alive somewhere below.
After resting, the group advanced into the last area of the catacombs. In the last chamber, they fought a powerful group of undead – a skeleton which shot out boneshards, and a number of other skeletons which fell easily to blows, but refused to remain defeated. Mirtala was also there – after having been partially eaten by the ghouls, she had been raised as a zombie. The entire group was led by a deathlock master of death, who was able to shield his undead minions from holy power and was able to reraise the boneshard after its defeat. In the end, the undead menace was defeated, and the body of Kartenix was also discovered.
With all the townsfolk rescued or the bodies recovered, they returned to Brindol. They were hailed as heroes and rewarded handsomely. There was an undercurrent of sorrow to the celebration due to the death’s of Kartenix and Mirtala, but everybody knew the heroes had done the best they could. As Thurann had no family left, Sune took him on as his page.