Haldane, Fondu and Adjurah found themselves in Olana, each had travelled a different journey that lead to the same conclusion: their people were threatened and individually they could not hope to protect them.
In Olana they soon attracted the attention of the Winged Brothers who saw the honour that each carried. Suel the head of the Order in Tembria has great hopes for each of them as agents for good within the Southing and hopes that he can use them to destroy many of the insidious elements that fester within the region. In doing so he hopes that he can help each achieve their goals, be it saving their town, people or backstory. He came to call them Alpha Brotherhood.
Suel was quick to ask them to assist when the murder of a stable hand pointed to cultists operating within the town. The murderer apparently had committed his act to keep a scroll tube of papers from the “stable hands filching hands”. The murderer had fled before he could be captured, but had left numerous documents, artefacts and charms that suggested that he was an evil cultist and mage with undoubtedly nefarious intent. Whatever was in those tubes were important enough to kill for, and in doing so risk discovery in Olana, which led Suel to believe something greater was afoot. Whatever it was the scrolls were a clue.
Haldane, Fondu and Adjurah were instructed to bring the murdere to justice and recover the scrolls.
Kicking down the door the party encountered a small group of human rabble and charged into the fray, but also found themselves under attack by stones being flung from behind a curtain in one corner of the room. The humans were quite quickly cleaned up and one captured with a minimum of fuss or injury, but the Halfling that had been slinging the stones fled into the streets and escaped justice. Some quick interrogation of the prisoner revealed that the cultist they sort, who the prisoner referred to as Kartem, was in a secret chamber below the stairs in the next room where he spent much of his time. In return the prisoner was disarmed and released with a couple of coins to aid him in leaving town before the associates of those he had just betrayed could track him down.
A quick search under the stairs revealed the release for the secret panel just as the prisoner had told them and they descended into the dark room below. They found themselves within a crude Temple to Torog, the god of torture and pain, where the cultist Kartem stood upon a dais guarded by a a disgusting demon Dretch. Below the dais a congregation of men stood and observed whatever ritual was in chain.
The appearance of the Brotherhood turned the Temple into a melee. Kartem‘s sorceries, demon accomplice and the zeal of the followers were slain to the man by the Brotherhood’s assualt. Following the battle the Brotherhood searched the hideout and discovered that the scroll tube contained a number of maps of forgotten dwarven tunnels under the Tembrian border fort Karins Hold and also the Thousand Fist Monastery. The map of Karins Hold was a first draft while the map of the Thousand Fist Monastery was a duplicate. Apparently the mage had been planning to copy the map of Karins Hold for someone.
As Adjurah is familiar with the Thousand Fist Monastery Suel of Erranard has asked the Alpha Brotherhood travel to the monastery to warn them of the possible danger lurking below. Meanwhile Suel has sent riders to warn the Lord of Tembria about the danger to the fort at Karins Hold.
On their travels to the Monastery the Alpha Brotherhood have heard that a Gnoll army has begun to gather on the far reaches of the Embertuls in the plains below the pass gaurded by Karins Hold. Not more than two days earlier they had planted a totem of war with a great braying and gnashing of nasty, big, pointy teeth! A call to arms was sent to the armies of Tembria. The party has decided to press on to the monastery but has sent numerous other messengers to the Lord of Tembria in case Suel of Erranard’s rider was ambushed, and plan to immediately journey to Longmoot after they have been to the monastery.
- Map maker is unknown though clearly a master artisan. Maps did not have a hallmark on them.
- Kartem talked of delivering the maps to their ‘friends’.
- While in Marnion the Alpha Brotherhood sent messages to the Lord of Tembria with one of the riders of Tembria who was delivering the call to arms and also with some travelling merchants from Longmoot.
- On their way to the Thousand Fist monastery they ran into a party of orcs, an uncommon thing as orcs don’t often venture far from the crags unless they are raiding for slaves and then they don’t do so in such small numbers.
- Orcs had a number of Finger bits on them.