March of the Phantom Brigade

Are We There Yet

The adventure starts with a mercenary group called the Iron Shield. Two new recruits named Zweeno and Tauron caught the attention of their enigmatic employer, who sent an important job their way. The mission was given to them by their Captain Barash. They were to report to Barash’s friend and guard Captain Malgram, to serve on a guard detail to a group of new settlers from Hammerfast. Barash handed Tauron a letter to deliver to Malgram, which he did with no incident. Meanwhile at Hammerfast before the mercenaries arrive, the leader of the settlers a young cleric named Aldius Splintershield meets within the group a wizard named Aramil and fellow dwarf cleric Vondal. Thinking they can handle their own in a fight he asks if they can help with security, they agree. Both the new mercs and settlers come together where they meet the guard Captain Malgram. He didn’t endear himself with anyone, especially Aramil whom became the groups Lt. Before heading out the group had a chance to purchase some new equipment, this did not go well. Aldius whether through pity or generosity got Zweeno a shield he was eyeing up. All members within the group joined in a prayer led by Aldius, while Malgram shrugged it off. Then they set off into the wilds for a three to four day journey, with the party guarding the last four carriages. After a long first day the caravan had to split into smaller groups to cross a stream. When the final four carriages went to cross, the group was attacked by 5 stirges. The group did very well with no injuries to the settlers or horses. Malgram observed this. For a job well done Aldius grated the group a full nights rest. While resting they hear flapping overhead.

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The Adventure Begins!
Two beginnings.

The Adventure takes place in the Nentir Vale, a thinly settled part of the world. The area is cold, but dry with very little snowfall. The Vale is home to dwarves, orcs, and some elves. This is a great place to try to begin a new life, or lay low.

The adventure will begin from two places. The first is from a small northern town called Nenlast. You are the newest member of a mercenary group named The Silver Shield. The group is backed by an enigmatic employer, who only interacts with your boss a Dragonborn named Barash. The organization only takes on honorable quests(you won’t be helping any raiding parties). That said the members here are very rough around the edges, very much a boys club. Your character has only received small missions at this point, but now it’s time for you to take on a bigger job. The second place is in the largest city in the Nentir Vale called Hammerfast. This area is a necropolis, home to both the living and dead. A young dwarf cleric is looking to start a new settlement deep in the untamed wilderness. He has placed through out the nearby settlements posters and flyers searching to join him in this journey. He is promising a new life, and a small stipend to get started. If interested meet at the outside walls of Hammerfast.
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