Sundown is approaching in the sleepy village of Watchtower. The only excitement this village has seen was over 50 years ago when the beholder lair was discovered. Suddenly, a scream in the distance breaks the quiet. More screams follow, and, soon, chaos is everywhere. Without warning, two people dash out from between two buildings. A young child races across the street into more shadows, and a woman carrying a broken staff turns and faces back in the direction from which they came. Eight creatures, each about three feet tall with white eyes and pale, bloated flesh, stream out of the alley on the family’s heels and fan out around the woman, who looks determined to delay the creatures for as long as possible. Though all others have run off, , , , , , and all stay to help this woman and her child.
A quick battle erupts as these heroes rush in to attack the strange creatures. After the fighting dies down, Eradon notices the woman has fallen unconscious. He pours a potion of healing in her mouth and revives her.
“Where…where is my son? MY SON!?” the woman cries out.
Zasheida points to an alley on the other side of the road. The young child pokes his head out of the alley way and runs to his mother when he sees that the danger has passed.
“Thank you so much for saving me and my son. We have to get to the Keep. It’s the only safe place left. Will you help me?”