Second Dragonsday of Enak, 1736 AV
Town of Blumont, Ravnor, Grosgant
Hegemony Second Lieutenant Lorgar Uroshkan, a dragonborn neophyte member of the Knights of the Black Rose had recently arrived on the town of Blumont to begin his Errant Quest—a free roam throughout the Lands in search for opportunities to test his mettle and promote the interests of the Hegemony of Dorianor. His arrival had not gone unnoticed; Blumont’s mayor quickly enlisted his services towards the investigation of a series of disappearances and a confirmed murder—all of them resulting in the closing down of the local magicant mine.
As chance would have it, the mine was of great interest to Cid Von Hessel, a baron from the Stregoni United Nation. Hessel was a member of a noble merchant house in Eranhein and had recently secured a lucrative deal with the mine’s owner; Ral Arolin. According to the deal, Arolin would ship a fixed percentage of all magicant mined in Blumont, and then ship it to Eranhein for House Von Hessel to exploit. Cid had just arrived, via airship, to Blumont in order to sign the final contract.
A deal to transport magicant can’t work without a solid plan of transportation. Airships should be chartered and Cid Von Hessel had taken care of that thanks to a halfling magician named Harry. Harry’s real name however, was Shamus O’Shameless. Shamus, trained in the magical bardic arts, was a conman by trade but his latest scheme just so happened to be completely legal. Shamus managed to secure and negotiate a contract between Cid and an airship transportation company owned by the dwarf Vonren. With an Akualinorian airship chartered by Vonren, Shamus followed Cid to Blumont, seeking an opportunity for a new scheme.
On that very same airship a diamond elf named Gildor Lúinwë, a former sky pirate and Akualinorian privateer. Always looking for job and alcohol, Gildor never fitted in with his fellow draelar. But his skill in… problem-elimination was superb and it didn’t take long for him to make contact with some of Blumont’s local merchants who hired him to investigate the murders that led to the closing of the mine. But Gildor was not the only drae interested in the magicant mine…
The emerald elf Maia, an apprentice druid, was sent to Blumont to talk with Ral Arolin. The local druid circle was concerned that the mine’s presence might disrupt nature’s balance and Maia was tasked to explain these concerns to Arolin and make sure that the mining would continue only with the utmost respect to the Land. Maia encountered Gildor who explained to her that the mine was closed due to a strange, ritualistic murduer and several disappearances. The two decided to temporarily partner up as Maia thought she should also discover who or what is behind this.
And so, these five adventurers, each for his or her own reasons, found themselves before Ral Arolin with a singular question: “What happened in Blumont’s magicant mine?”
According to Ral, there has been a string of disappearances over the past month and a half or so. All of the missing persons were miners. Some were lost within the mine. Others, within the town itself under mysterious circumstances. Tensions rose as people started demanding that the mine be closed until the case was resolved.
Everything came to a head with the discovery of woman’s corpse, right outside the mine’s entrance. The woman was not a miner, and her corpse was placed in a way that was evidently part of some occult ritual. The Mayor and the Captain of the Guard had no choice but to finally order the closing of the mine, pending further investigation.
Ral Arolin asked the budding adventurers to investigate the murder and the disappearances. The mines must open. Magicant must flow.
The adventurers did not waste time. Gildor managed to make contact with the local Thieves’ Guild. Lorgar inquired at the local temple. Cid questioned the mayor for more information. Maia spoke with the miner’s guild boss, while Shamus asked around for more info on the missing persons and the dead woman.
Collating all information, the adventurers came to the following conclusions:
- Some of the missing miners were close. They had emigrated from Raostein.
- The woman by all accounts seemed entirely unconnected to the mines, the miner’s guild, and the missing persons.
- It is evident that someone wants the mine closed.
They decided that the next course of action should be investigate the mine itself. They requested a guide to lead them inside the labyrinthine mine complex. Four miners volunteered. Maia was suspicious of this. They only needed one guide, but the miners claimed they would only go in together out of fear of what might be inside. Having little choice, the party decided to take all of them along.
Within a few hours, the party of adventurers and the four guides were inside the mine. Slowly making their way deeper and deeper into the mine, the adventurers were on edge, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Until their guides tried to intentionally activate a trap to kill the party.
It did not work, and after a short skirmish, the miners were dead—though an effort was made to capture one of them alive, it did’t work out.
Knowing that something must be going on within the mine, they decided to carry on their exploration…