The adventure started with the players investigating a mysterious ritualistic murder in the township of Bryne. Bryne is situated within the Timiro Kingdom, on the border with the Kingdom of Peningshir and the Old Kingdom River. The town has faced its share of raids in the past, but life has been good and quiet for many years. Now there has been the murder of a local scout and some of the local council members are nervous.
It is here that the players meet for the first time. On orders from his Master, Mamose and his gladiator slave Narak, have travelled from Two Towns to the town of Bryne in the northwest. Once in Byrne, the pair meet with Master Hinden and his apprentice, Alaric. The mission is explained – investigate the murder and find out what is going on. Is there a new threat looming to the region? It has been many years since the humanoids of the Old Kingdom have caused any trouble.
Master Hinden tells Mamose that his apprentice Alaric will be accompanying them, assisting him in this investigation and once they have something they should report back. Master Hinden fills the three in on what has been happening in the past few months. There have been a number of animal killings (sheep mainly, but there has been a cow or two), but this had been put down to a rabid beast of some kind. The scout’s death does not have too many people worried, because the news has been quashed by the town council and members of the small Temple of Light and Dark.
The trio leave Master Hinden and head to the Temple of Light and Dark and meet Father Patrick. He is not at all impressed by Mamose but is civil as the greater threat lies elsewhere. An examination of the body finds that it has been drained of all blood and carved into skin are many mystical symbols. On the back of the body is carved the sign of Hell. Father Patrick tells them that this murder was ritualistic and that the animal killings over the past few months probably led up to and culminated with the scout’s murder; like the animal killings were merely practice runs for the real thing.
Found near the body was a notebook, written by the dead scout, outlining his search pattern since leaving the Fort across the river a few weeks ago. His investigations led him to an area about two day’s march north of the Fort, where he had located an overgrown sunken area or depression. After this there are no more entries – nothing to explain how the scout got back to this side of the river! With nothing else to be found, they return to Master Hinden and stay the night before gathering supplies and leaving early the next morning for Fort Akar.