Calveric, Magic-User, and Detmar the Dwarf, native to the Homestead Heaths region in the northwestern corner of Dromeda (played by Jason), Conralion, Elf, native to Eleauthea, an elf-dominated wood thousands of miles to the north (played by Ian), Barst, Cleric of the Secret Church, and Narow, Thief (played by Samuel) and Cedric (played by Ian), all members of an extended family whose farmstead near Dragonsfoot was recently destroyed by raiders<o:p></o:p>.
<o:p> </o:p>Calveric was sent by his wizardly mentor Chementar to barter for a manual of golems with his long-estranged former associate Phandle. He was teleported along with his faithful dwarf sidekick to Wizard’s Manse, but a teleportation error sent the hapless duo to some location about 40 miles north of their intended destination, the village of Dragonsfoot near Phandle’s mansion. Finding themselves beneath a dead oak tree, slightly stunned from the journey, the pair was waylaid by group of bandits. These thugs took everything, including Calveric’s spellbook and the tiny magical treasure coffer sent by his mentor. Deciding the luckless pair was not worth ransoming, they were beaten and left for the wild pigs. Fortunately, none came; the pair was left with nothing but their clothing and a crossbow quarrel fletched with raven feathers dropped by the raiders. Not long after Calveric found a scroll tube the bandits or some of their victims seem to have dropped, containing scrolls including read magic and sleep that Calveric began using in lieu of his spellbook.
Later encountering two boars that hungrily began snuffling about their next meal, the pair was rescued by a mysterious elf wanderer named Conralion on a mysterious journey. Living off the land, the three travelled together to the small ghost-like village of Dragonsfoot. There locals laughingly told them that Phandle died almost 20 years before! His manse was thought to be haunted and had been looted repeatedly over the years. Some say he died of Miasmal Plague or some other curse, others said he was slain by a rival, and still others blame monsters. Now, accompanied by three fellows from a farmstead near the manse that was razed recently, the whole group of brave (and destitute) adventurers (and their mule) travelled to the Manse to seek their fortunes, determine the fate of Phandle, and perhaps even complete the initial quest. Leaving their mule tied to a tangle of blackberry bushes outside the wall of the Manse compound and prepared to explore the ruins.<o:p></o:p>