Our heroes awoke confused and cautious to a great white marble hall magically lit. Across the great inlaid mosaic of Creation stood 7 hooded figures who approached our heroes with a plea: an organization has grown powerful in the darkness and now seeks to summon the Old Beings into the world. Successful summoning of the Old Beings would destroy the world as we know it and likely all who inhabit it. Though flustered at the suddenness and manner of the request, our heroes agreed to lend their assistance. The 7 figures gave to them each a link to one of the Creator’s archangels to aid them on their quest and then hastened them through a portal to a “town in need of their assistance”.
On the other side they found the wreckage of a town. Bodies of human commoners lay about, small cottages burned, a wounded soldier huddled behind a low fence, and in the midst of the rubble a great gathering of Orcs with heavy axes admired a small frightened woman they held captive between them. Our heroes sprung into action and with the aid of the wounded soldier they defeated the Orcs and rescued the frightened woman.
The woman told them the town’s name was Soren and lead them to an intact section of the town where Pyf and Korath found the town hall, the mayor (Dallen), and most of the towns folk still alive. With the help of Pyf’s pony Bill, the veteran was safely brought to the town hall (which also functioned as an inn) for medical treatment. Our heroes split up, Eris to help with putting out fires and the others to gather information about their location and the Orc attack. The townsfolk had no idea why the Orcs had attacked. Such attacks were rare in the south forests of Aldlera since Orcs lived north of Aldlera in The Wastes. They also expressed concerns about a small logging facility they had to the west, the direction of the Orc attack’s origin.
Later our heroes met up after lunch and spoke with the wounded veteran they had fought beside. His name was Kalek and he explained about the town and its people. He was a King’s Guard, sent to Soren with one other soldier after a tour in the north fighting Orcs. He informed us that all small towns in the region were given two King’s Guards as defence, though they were not outfitted for such situations.
Kalek also expressed concern for the young woman the Orcs had taken captive. Our heroes informed him that she had been rescued and (although emotionally distressed) she was alright. He mentioned that her name was Sorya and she was an interesting child, often spending time on her own, disappearing into the woods alone, staring off into space, or muttering to herself. Eris volunteered to talk to the girl in private and get to know anything about her that might be a clue to her strange behavior or why the Orcs had targeted her.