12 Palesun, 200
The party encountered an old gnome who told a story of woe: Boulders have been crashing into the town of Nightstone for nearly a month. None of the gnomes in the town are sure what is causing it, but they all have their theories. The boulders are coming from the top of the Distant Peaks – a mountain range known to Corvale as the home of the Gnomes. The old gnome asked if you might be interested in helping the town out, but he warned you that Nightstone is not fond of outsiders. He also suggested you get the approval of the Council of Nightstone. In general, the gnome was unpleasant, but otherwise helpful. As for why, if pursuing the cause of good isn’t enough, perhaps coming events may provide an incentive or two?
The first challenge the party faced was simply arriving to the town proper. A small, relatively shallow river stood in their way. It seems Igan dropped everyone off at a part of the town that had no direct connection to the rest of it. Rather than walk around for a few hours, the party decided to cross the river. After some difficulty including one instance of near-drowning, the party made it across. Igan took a running start, jumped in and quite deftly completed the same task in a fraction of the time. Perhaps he isn’t all ego and bravado?
As the party made its way to The House of the Council, they overheard screaming from a farmer nearby. It seems that this gnome, Celbi, was the farmer whose home was just recently destroyed by the latest boulder. She pleased for help from the party but did so in a rather rude fashion. As several strange reptilian monsters jumped out from underneath the boulder, you found yourselves fighting for your lives if not also to assist the farmer.
Combat has gone relatively swiftly; their numbers quickly proved to be a problem, as did their pack mentality and their tendency to swarm those who looked to be easier targets. However, the party has seen more than their fair share of combat in the short time they have been together, and the tide of the battle is quickly turning.
Finish off your foes, and you may have a chance to learn more about what waits at the top of the mountain!