Previously in The Marketstone Campaign … (Season 1)
In response to a reward posted by Bertrand Kitchener, landlord of Marketstone’s Wheatsheaf Inn, the party ventured north in search of Alma Grenewell, the wife of a local farmer. According to her husband Alan, Alma had been snatched by a group of goblin wolf-riders and taken north towards a forest known as The Coastwood.
Venturing into The Coastwood, the party were aided following a wolf attack by a strange old hermit and his bear companion, Barnaby. The hermit was already aware of the goblins presence in the forest and offered to direct the adventurers towards the goblins’ cave provided that the party agreed to eliminate them.
The party entered the goblins’ cave and killed the occupants. However, they could find no trace of Alma, some of the goblins suggesting that their leader had taken her north to a “… tower up on the coast”. Furthermore, a sinister goblin shaman hinted that there were bigger plans afoot.
On the return journey to the hermit’s cave after plundering the goblins’ lair, the party stumbled across a scrap of Alma’s dress caught in the branches of bush. From this they picked-up a trail that led to another set of caves, this time occupied by group of bandits. It turned out that in a recent encounter with the goblins, the bandits had captured Alma and were now demanding a significant ransom for her safe return. When negotiations for Alma’s release were unsuccessful, the party infiltrated the caves, rescued the farmer’s wife, and claimed their reward.
But certain questions remain unanswered. Why did the goblins kidnap Alma in the first place? What of this coastal tower? How many goblins remain at large in the wilderness north of Marketstone and what are they up to? And will Paladin ever get to ride on Barnaby?