As the day begins, you find yourself traveling down the old King’s Road. Your journey of several days has taken you north and west through a dangerous wilderness toward the small town of Winterhaven. You seek news of a man named, Douven Staul. You met the missing man’s wife at the Blue Moon Alehouse, the finest tavern in the town of Fallcrest. After hearing her plea for assistance and her offer of a handsome reward for his safe return, you decided to join the band of adventurers she was recruiting to find him.
You learned that Douven bade his wife farewell three months ago and headed for Winterhaven. Douven, a rabid explorer of old ruins, had found a map that revealed the location of a dragon’s tomb not far from the village. He figured if a dragon was buried there, why not also its hoard?
The explorer should have returned home some time ago, and his continuing absence bodes ill. You fear the worst and are determined to find out what happened to him.
Clearing a rise in the road, you can faintly see the outline of Winterhaven’s high stone walls. The sun is beginning to fall in the sky and spending another guarded night in the open is something you’d like to avoid. The wind is cool and comfortable. The road beneath your feet is level. An occasional ancient cobblestone peeks through the dirt road, indicating decades of neglect. You notice footprints leading up and down the road, many of which were made by small, clawed feet.