Location: Free City of Ket
Date: Rites of Hearth Fire (holiday between Thirdmonth and Fourthmonth), 300 YE
Weather: 53 degrees, a few clouds
The party, and their entourage of mercenary warriors, henchmen, and various independent contractors, having traveled many miles to reach the eastern edges of the Hadrian Empire, have made their temporary home in the Free City of Ket. The PCs and henches are alone in Ket, the Queen having banned armed mercenaries in groups of six or more from entering the city proper. The party's forces remain encamped outside the walls, where they no doubt still find avenues for drinking and whoring.
Ket is a bustling, thriving city, rich in trade and tradesmen. The party has found all the armorers, weaponsmiths, grocers, horse traders, jewelers, goldsmiths, mages, clerics, and moneychangers their tiny black hearts could ever want or need.
Truth be told, the party themselves have been found by many of the city's more inquisitive denizens. Godric the White has become a minor celebrity and been asked repeatedly to preach to the locals at various city squares, open air markets, and temples. Alistair Stone has received four requests in the last week alone for training from the city's unaffiliated arcanists. Arnolt has been summoned to the Temple of Ammonar to hear the Word from the mighty Archpriest Ragahoir himself.
Having come together to dine, enjoy the Feast of the Hearth Fire (celebrating the end of winter) and discuss the plan for the upcoming new month, the party reveals to each other the major items of interest that they have discovered in their daily wanderings:
The Church of Ammonar tells of a dormant volcano to the northeast, surrounded by miles of dead forests. Within the base of the volcano is a powerful relic of the faith known as the Arm of Ammonar. Whoever returns this relic to the Church would be well rewarded in gold and magic. Ragahoir notes dourly that the relic is guarded by many intelligent and powerful undead.
To the east of the Shining Spire lies a castle formerly occupied by the Baron Jowak. The castle is now the home of a blue skinned demon named V'yexis who is a seeker of all things magical. The demon treats equally with those of Law and Chaos and pays well but he always buys magic items, never selling. The sons of the now deceased Baron Jowak will pay well to see their ancestral home returned to them, and remind the adventurers that this demon must have an immense collection of magic in the bowels of the castle.
Somewhere in the Badlands, there is rumored to be a treasure so valuable that natural enemies are putting aside their enmity for each other to hunt for it. Word on the streets of Avauntar is that the Keleva, a tribe of nomads, has united with the Chag, a tribe of centaurs, to battle the combined forces of the Hilltoppers, a well-known gang of ogres, and the Blood of Hargosh, the largest orc tribe in the Badlands. What they've found, or seek to find, no one will say.