It is the year 579 CY and for ten years Evil has slumbered since the Battle of Emridy Meadows. Ten years since the ascendent Temple of Elemental Evil was delivered a decisive check by combined forces of Good.
Forces from the town of Verbobonc were a part of this triumph and its Vicount has kept a watchful eye to his southern border ever since. Now word has come from the sleepy Village of Hommlet that bandits have begun to ride the roads again—not frequently, but to some effect.
This information has been spread throughout the countryside, and the news has attracted outsiders to the village once again. Who and what these men are, no one can be quite sure. All claim to be bent on slaying monsters and bringing peace and security to Hommlet; but deeds speak more loudly than words, and lies cloak the true purposes of the malevolent.