Intro to the Adventure
Faerrin awoke from a restless sleep – he had been dreaming again. The room was dark, as dawn still lay hours away. A rough cloth hung over an open window and lazily swung back and forth by the barest hint of an evening breeze. He could hear the constant breathing of his companions nearby. At least they slept well.
They had arrived in Applehaven[i] two nights ago, being greeted by excited locals eager for the start of the Harvest Festival. They were here to play the part of Sturgráin and his company – to capture a local maiden, escort her to Furdin’s Keep and then return her to the village with a King’s pardon[ii]. This ceremonial re-enactment of the early days of the village was always a popular part of the late summer festival as it ended with the arrival of a wagon full of dwarven ale.
Faerrin’s induction into Moradin’s service this year had won him the honor playing the role of the dwarven hero. Riding back to Furdin’s Keep[iii] with a young halfling and returning with a load of ale didn’t sound all that bad, yet somehow he felt uneasy. In the bright of day, he would rub his newly bare scalp and wonder if he could live up to the expectations being one of Moradin’s Hammers[iv]. At night when he had his dreams, these doubts were pushed aside and replaced by the fear of what he knew was to come.
[i] Applehaven : Applehaven is a small halfling village located at the base of the Shield Mountains beside Cold Lake. The village has sworn fealty to the dwarven lord of Furdin’s Keep.
[ii] Re-enactment: This re-enacted the early days of the village, when the overzealous warrior Sturgráin confronted the newly arrived halfling tribe for camping on Dwarven lands. Sturgráin refused to hear the halfings’ explanations and instead took Oxalis, the daughter of Hollarmac , leader of the halflings hostage and brought her before the Dwarven King. There he learned that the King’s son, Prince Fráin, had been saved from an orcish attack by the halfling tribe. As thanks, Prince Fráin had granted the Hollarmac and his tribe the lands in the valley, provided they acknowledged his father, King Furdin as their liege. Upon learning this, Sturgráin apologized to his King and humbly returned to Oxalis to Applehaven. To make amends for his mistake, Sturgráin presented the halflings with 10 casks of dwarven ale and his services for a year. Sturgráin tower located at the south end of town is named after him.
[iii] Furdin’s Keep:Furdin’s Keep refers to one of the few remaining dwarven strongholds found in the Shield Mountains. It was constructed by King Furdin I approximately 150 years ago. It is currently held by King Furdin II.
[iv] Moradin’s Hammers:Traveling clerics of Moradin are known as Moradin’s Hammers. They are entrusted with protecting the dwarven cause through honor, duty and vigilance.