Friday is coming!
Here’s a bit more background on the events leading toward this moment:
Ekat Kassen was a crusader and fortune seeker who served with distinction in the Tanarii wars. After the great peace, Kassen realized that he wanted more from life and left the military to find his fortune. His travels took him far – even over the eastern seas perhaps. He was successful and profitable in this undertaking and he became wealthy. Using a sizable portion of his fortune, he set out to tame a small area of the mountain wilderness on the banks of the Tourondel River, making it a natural stopover for those traveling up and down the river some future day. For the next 10 years, the town, which was then known as Kassen’s Hold, grew and prospered.
All that changed when Asar Vergas came to Kassen’s Hold with a host of mercenaries under his command. Asar was an old companion of Ekat, and the two had traveled together for some time before splitting up just after Ekat’s last adventure. Over the years, Asar became sure that Ekat had cheated him after that adventure. Promising great wealth to his mercenaries, Asar raided the town relentlessly for 2 months. Finally, the townsfolk managed to locate Asar’s camp in an ancient crypt deep in the forest, and Ekat himself went out to deal with his old companion. The battle was terribly bloody, with only a few townsfolk coming back to tell the tale. In the end, Asar was slain and his mercenaries scattered, but Ekat suffered a mortal wound and died 2 days later. In honor of their beloved founder, the townsfolk buried Kassen in the ancient crypt, interring his bones in a place of honor, above the simple sarcophagi used to inter Asar, his mercenaries, and the townsfolk that lost their lives in the bitter struggle. They placed an eternal divine flame above Kassen’s final resting place, so that all who visited might find warmth in the wilderness.
Over the years, the Crypt of the Everflame became an important part of the history of the town, now simply called Kassen. The townsfolk viewed the crypt as a memorial to those difficult first years of the town’s history. Every autumn, a few of the townsfolk made a pilgrimage to the crypt to light a lantern from the flame and bring it back to town, where it was preserved all winter, a symbol of the town’s resilience. But lately, the people of Kassen grew complacent. The ongoing droughts, year upon year of poor harvests, raiding beasts, and persistent suffering in every aspect of existence slowly drained the faith from the people of Kassen.
Until a few weeks ago. That is when the black-skinned barbarians from the plains swept upward into the mountains and a new kind of horror descended on Kassen’s Rest.
But, the tide is shifting. You have taken the first step. The first of the Margh-Bull’s died in a trap. His beast master handler fell soon after.
Now, you and your companions have made your way to within the resting place of Kassen. You rescued the cobbler, Roldare. According to his terror-stricken ravings, his sister, the very attractive and very gentle, Dimira, is somewhere ahead. He said she was taken by “the voice of death,” and according to the mad cobbler, she is still alive! She’s captive somewhere ahead in the deep darkness.