The day began and ended like many others a small town preparing to host a festival, strangers spending their time drinking in a local tavern. That all changed when Kaleb, druid of the forests, and the Searching Star entered the Scarlet Rest.
From the moment Kaleb entered the occupants of the Inn could feel the tension increase. Although the man with the large scythe seemed to mean no harm his unusual garb and odd companion, Jesús (a velociraptor), drew attention and suspicion.
Babalu, a soldier sent to seek out a traitor within immediatly too interest in Kaleb. Unknown to him he was the one of the Stars of Destiny which Kaleb sought. Their meeting was cut short as the village guard surrounded Kaleb and questioned his intentions and his small companion in the town.
The other stars warily avoided Kaleb until that evening they received a dream vision from his mentor and teach Taan’kel. She told each of them that they would find what they seek if they followed her student.
And so the next morning each in turn approached Kaleb, first was Babalu, the Ambitious star, the second was Darren, the Broken Star, the third, Miya the Hidden Star, then final to join him was Doughan, a dwarf and the Learned Star.
As the town prepared for the festival the Kaleb and his new companions waited for fate to point them on their path. Soon enough fate presented an opportunity for them. Bron, the acting Mayor or Cairnwood, was staring off towards the road leading east out of town and into Cairnwood.
He told Darren and the others that a caravan bringing supplies for the festival was late in arriving. Darren broke off from the group running quickly down the road, as the ranger was all too familiar with the dangers of Cairnwood.
He arrived ahead of the rest of the party to find the caravan in ruins and the people slaughtered. The wounds on the corpses and the tracks leading away from the wagon told the ranger what had cause the carvan’s demise…Cut Bunnies…the fiendish creatures that killed his family. Knowing he could not take them on without aid he awaited the arrival of his companions.
Once the rest of the party arrived at the scene of the attack they followed Darren into the forest preparing to me there foes. The fiendish rabbits however had other plans. Kaleb and Darren ran a foul of their hastisly concealed pit trip and found themselves dazed from the fall. Thankfully Miya, Babalu, and Jesus and Doughan saw their allies fall and readied themselves for the comming assault. Two Cuts bunnies leap from the forest but were easily dispatched by the party. Miya assisted Darren and Kaleb out of the pit as they slowly climbed up its steep slopes.
Despite his injuries Darren recommended the party press forward and shortly they found the remaining Cut Bunnies preparing two humans for food. Kaled called upon the plants to aid him, entangling the vermin and allowing the party to pick them off as they approach was hampered.
The Kaleb, Miya and Doughan returned to town with an injured survivor they saved from the Cut Bunny cook pots. While Babalu and Darren guarded what remained of the caravan. When the party rest returned with horses the two related a tale of their encoutners, a large Ant and Griffon had taken and intrest in the wreckage. Darren had coaxed the Griffon away and they had dispatched the Giant ant.
Upon returning to the town with the goods and the remains of those who had died the party was rewarded by Bron for their work. His wife, Agata was less impress that they tracked blood and mud into her “pristine inn”.
The next day the Miya and Babalu requested Darren and Kalebs help to navigate the north Cairnwood. Jovana, Bron and Agata’s daughter, had nearly run off into the forest inorder to find a special flower for the festival and the two believed it best to stop her. Darren also knew the signifgance of the rare flower to the festival and agreed that finding some would be worth their time.
With the forest the party avoided a young holly that blocked their path. When they arrived in the clearing where the blue Shepherd’s Clock could be found Kaleb noticed something was not right. Near the centre of the clearing a strange sappling was visible. Kaleb knew this was another young holly like they had encountered earlier and warned the party. Miya confident in her ability to avoid detection crept past the plant and returned safely to the party with several flowers in hand.
Jovana was over-joyed with her heros. As the party began to relax Tsubaki captain of the town guard approached Darren and told him there was smoke seen coming from the abandoned Corvac residence probably some of the towns children playing but it would be best if they didn’t burn the building down. Darren and his companions offered to investigate.
When they arrived what they found was not children at all but bandits using the area base. After dispatching the villians the heros searched for are reason the bandits had been in they area. They uncovered a small chest of gold, papers and maps written in a language they could not comprehend, though Doughan recognized a bottle of wine from Kanakan.
Darren report the events to Tsubaki when they returned that evening and in the morning she sent two of her men into the mountains to inform the Crowned Prince Barbarossa of the situation.
When her men did not return in the evening as they should Tsubaki prepared the rest of her men to venture after them. She also requested Darren and the new comers assist her.
When they approached the temple in which the crowned prince was supposed to be holding a vigil they found it under seige by more bandits wearing similar markings to those found at the Corvac estate. After a long battle which resulted in the deaths of the bandits and many guards the crowned prince and his entourage, Kwanada Rosman and Milich Oppenheimer among them, were rescued from the now burning temple, which had caught fire during the battle.
Barbarossa wanted to properly honor the hero’s and so asked them to accompany him to Gregminster, the Empire’s Capital. And so the following day after the festival the party set out with the crowned prince of the city of Gregminster.