The story began outside the town of Fallcrest, and an unlikely meeting between four people. Arcturus Pyresmoke, a Shadar’kai warrior, and Adan Oreshaper, a guardsman with a strange ancestry, accompanied Eric Evergreen, a wizard’s apprentice out on a patrol to investigate the disappearance of his master, Nimrozan the Green. On that patrol, they encountered Zelar, an exiled dragonborn prince from the southwestern wastes, and rescued him from a raiding party of goblins.
On the return trip to Fallcrest, the group found a party of refugees that had been butchered by beastmen, and rescued a young dwarf girl, Kaia Hearthwarden, from the marauding orcs. From Kaia, they learned of a disturbing development: the dwarven fortress city of Hammerfast had fallen to a brilliant hobgoblin general, Tanguz the Black.
The group decided to scout out the situation at Hammerfast, and discovered that the bulk of the goblin army had moved on, but a sizable garrison was left to fortify the city and put its people to work. After a successful guerrilla campaign, the party organized an uprising that cast out the goblin oppressors… just in time for the vanguard of a beastman horde to arrive. The battle was fierce and bloody, but at the end of the day, the goblins and beastmen both retreated, and the dwarves held the battered walls of Hammerfast.
The night of their victory, each PC received a dream, a vision of a staff called the Splinter of the Night, forged from the gates of hell in the days of Bael Turath. They ventured into a ruined outpost in the Witchlight Fens, where they fought a band of Shadar’kai who also had been sent to get the staff. The band was led by Alara Nightseeker, Arcturus’s old love, who turned on her band at Arcturus’s kiss. They found the staff, which was guarded by a pair of douche-y angels who were about to kill the PCs, when the bulk of the beastman horde arrived. The angels died holding off the beastmen, while the PCs and Alara took the staff and escaped through the Shadowfell.
In the Shadowfell, they traded the staff to a devil named Beleth for the return of Nimrozan the Green. Upon returning to Fallcrest, the group hatched a plan to destroy both the beastman horde and the goblin army that were converging on the town. They would evacuate Fallcrest and all its people and make for Hammerfast. Meanwhile, Nimrozan would activate an ancient defense system that guarded the town. As the refugees made their way north, they watched their town engulfed in black lightning, and heard the howls of pain and surprise from miles away.
Of course it’s never that easy. Neither army was fully destroyed, and the goblins were on the run from the beastmen. They followed the refugees north, through the Grey Woods of the elves. The beastmen set fire to the forest, and it was only through the intervention of the elves that everything was not lost. The elves joined the refugees and arrived in Hammerfast with them. An uneasy alliance was forged.
Tanguz arrived at the gates of Hammerfast ahead of the beastmen, and the two sides decided to join together to fight off the horde. The beastmen were destroyed at great cost, including the lives of Tanguz the Black and Adan Oreshaper. Arcturus, Zelar, and Eric Evergreen disappeared through a portal to the Abyss, where they broke the demon general of the beastman army’s power, and they have not been seen since that day.