In the Year of Galifar 994, three adventurers were hired by Baron Starrin d’Cannith, head of House Cannith and arguably the most influential man in the entire continent of Khorvaire. Exploiting the neutrality of House Cannith, he summoned Arcus Grimm, Vani the Halfling, and the wizened human known only as Grandma Poobody, offering them a chance at riches. Starrin had learned of a possible Prophecy Mark manifestation, and wanted the group to investigate it for him.
Heading out early that morning, the group made their way to the broken tower that was supposedly the location of the Prophecy manifestation, they were taken aback by the noise of a a dolgrim that could only be described as “singing” (DM Note: It seemed that every monster/bad guy in this adventure decided that they didn’t have eyeballs when I rolled for perception.) , possibly on guard duty of some sort.
Sending Vani to scout ahead, she was able to find that another dolgrim and kruthik were in the tower, as well as two prisoners. Finally joining combat, the adventurers managed to slay the two Dolgrim as well as the Kruthik.
The solider that was formerly a prisoner introduced himself as Bren ir’Gadden, and offered the adventurers a ransom should they have the ability to bring him back to the Brelish camp to the west of the tower, past the Cyran border. Taking him up on his offer, the group then set about freeing Bren’s assistant Alric Greentree, who had been tied to the Prophecy Mark. Arcus then began attuning the dragonshard given to him by Starrin to the Prophecy Mark, revealing the words “Those who stand at the brink of destruction stand as one against the tempest’s roar.” Finishing their original task, and with Alric being in bad condition, they began to head out when they realized that another group was making their way though the tower.
Buying time while his friends made their way behind the tower, Vani confronted Mallora, an agent of the Emerald Claw, as well as her two companions. It seemed that they, as well, were seeking the prophecy themselves. As the Emerald Claw sergeants made it clear they were more interested in fighting than talking, the rest of the group fought, attempting to keep Bren and Alric safe.
During the battle with the Emerald Claw agents, however, the sky to the east began to light itself on fire, as a deep, dead-gray mist came rushing over the hills. Running for their lives, the party was able to avoid the deaths that millions had endured during that day, running from living spells and watching as soldiers committed suicide around them. Finally breaking out of the mist, which seemed to stop directly at the border of Cyre, they could finally breathe easily.
Four years later, much had changed. Despite having made their separate ways, near the fourth anniversary of the fated day that destroyed the nation of Cyre, Arcus, Vani, and Grandma Poobody all received invitations to a ceremony celebrating the naming of Duke Bren ir’Gadden as Captain of the Sharn Redcloaks. Upon arriving in Sharn, Arcus was sent a missive from Kurt d’Cannith, who had been researching the Prophecy Mark for some time, and believed that whatever the Prophecy actually was, it was going to pass sometime soon. Making their way to Sharn to participate in the festivities, they instead found themselves fighting a Mourning Haunt, a demon that had been trapped within the Mournland. Having defeated the demon while protecting a majority of the townsfolk that were gathered there,, the group turns expectantly towards Bren, wanting answers as to what has gone on. As Bren begins his explanation, Arcus began scrying, finding that whatever summoned the demon had been located in the Dura district….