The Brothers Gray is a gang of cutthroats and murderers.
The depraved brothers prey upon those homesteads and travelers that venture too near the valley of the Chaos Scar. Survivors have been few and far between, and an entire posse of guardsmen sent from a nearby barony disappeared without a trace while following the halflings’ trail toward the valley. (Whether these disappearances were due to an ambush by Brothers or other monsters wandering free of the valley is not known.) Whatever the case, as long as the Brothers Gray can strike targets with impunity and melt back into the hostile wilderness, their depredations are likely to continue.
Centuries ago, a powerful goliath sorcerer named
Voran Earthmane constructed a keep in the middle
of a rank swamp where he could conduct his arcane
research in peace. Voran conducted many experiments
in the laboratory beneath his keep, mostly
centered on the creation of magic items that harnessed
the power of the Elemental Chaos. One of his
achievements was a staff that drew strength from
earth, and he called it the staff of earthen might.
When the great meteorite fell from the heavens
and plowed the Chaos Scar, it destroyed Voran’s keep,
along with many other features of the terrain. The
swamp drained away, leaving only a desolate, dry ruin
in its wake. Only the ground floor of the keep and the
laboratory beneath it escaped destruction, but even
these meager remains were buried in the wake of the
meteorite’s fall. Voran himself escaped the obliteration
of his home, but with his life’s work in shambles,
he collected those of his belongings he could find and
departed the area for lands unknown, and his name
and legacy faded into history.
A few weeks ago, a tribe of bullywugs called
the Muckrakers, drawn by the evil siren song
of the meteorite, uncovered the ruins of Voran
Earthmane’s keep and moved in. The bullywugs’
poisonous and corruptive influence has hastened
the ruined keep’s deterioration and damaged Voran’s
staff of earthen might. The damaged staff has opened
a small portal onto a sea of elemental mud in the
Elemental Chaos, allowing a steady tide of the muck
to fill the ruins.
Over the past few weeks, the mud has filled much
of the laboratory beneath the ruins with a thick layer
of sludge; creating a sticky wallow that is ideal for
swamp-dwelling bullywugs. Content with their new
home, the bullywugs have begun to look to the lands
beyond the valley. A rich bounty of loot and murder
lies just beyond the King’s Wall, and the rapacious
bullywugs will certainly not be able to resist such a
temptation for long.