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  • The PCs find an Evenor farmstead beset by hobgoblins. After they slaughter the goblins, they find a human family ("Lean" Marty McLean, Irene McLean, and daughters Lydia, Chastity, and Dori McLean), equal parts hostage to and protected by the hobgoblin shaman, Lagduf the Seer.
    • Lagduf wants to make a deal with the Ebon League: in exchange for protection from the warchief Uglúk, she offers them vital information and guidance. If the heroes refuse, they will do battle. The Seer is an elite Hobgoblin Warcaster (MM 140), and she has two Owlbear spirit companions (MM 212). If they defeat her, she will try to escape. If the Seer defeats them, she will question their role in the fight against Uglúk, but then show them mercy.
      • Uglúk is after Lagduf because of his brother's death. She fears him because of a vision in which he was responsible for her death. Where the Ebon League decides to hide the Seer is important; they can sneak her into their rooms at the Lonesome Tankard, or they can bring her to the tomb at Pillar Rock, or somewhere else.
      • Lagduf tells the Ebon League that, in order to save Eveningstar, they'll have to venture deep underground. This must be cryptic and vague, or else she will have played her hand. She only offers half of her information up front, in order to prevent the Ebon League from turning on her.
        • She will also offer to foretell each of their fortunes personally:
          • Bolthor, "You will wander this land until the sun bleaches your bones, and you will never be worthy of yourself."
          • Immeral, "If your life is the question, you will certainly not like the answer."
          • James, "No matter how far you sail from home, you can never escape your past."
          • Morthos, "You will find what you seek, but it will not be worth the sacrifice."
          • Tarak, "You will uncover your past with your companions, but you will have never been more alone."
          • Zaggy, "You came into this world like a spring rain… you will leave it just as swiftly."
  • The Ebon League is introduced to their rivals, the Blessed Brotherhood of the Glorious Sun.
    • Solair Eclipse is a half-elf cleric. She is a demanding perfectionist who eagerly takes up the cause of good.
    • Zangold Swordhand is a human paladin. He serves as a somewhat judgmental moral compass.
    • Eliyassa Stormshadow is an elf avenger. She is often required to do things her morally upstanding counterparts could not.
    • Sylas Goldentree is an eladrin invoker. He is by far the oldest and wisest, and acts as a patriarch to the group.
    • Maruval Battleheart is a dwarf runepriest. She is the most conservative and stubborn and tries to keep her team on task.
  • The Blessed Brotherhood had been absent from Eveningstar the past week because of dangerous monster attacks in the western homesteads. They found no such signs, and were forced to wander further afield, eventually finding a horned drake nest near the Stonelands. They brought back the carcass one of the larger creatures as proof. It was with luck they stumbled upon the homesteads being under attack by goblins, and return to the Lonesome Tankard triumphant!
    • Plant the seeds of distaste, but don't lay it on too thick!
  • The Ebon League will be given the opportunity to interrogate Shevaril Starcloak. See the "Interrogating Shevaril Starcloak" Skill Challenge.
    • When If the Ebon League decides to investigate the Meisner family farm, they will find that it is currently in a state of disrepair, looking like something out of that Hoarders show. Reardon Cormaeril's private security and the Purple Dragons have both searched this place, but it was a mess long before they went digging. There is no evidence to be found, but something (the Blessed Brotherhood) has led five Horned Drakes (MM2 88) to this place. They attack with very little warning.
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