Prince Kelt Obraskyr, third in line for the throne of Coromyr, gathered his closest friends, Jonn of Scardale and Isaac Zarathustra to the King’s Forest for a hunting trip to tell them of his intention to ask his love Hestia of Daerluun to marry him. Jonn and Isaac were Kelt’s friends from the Purple Dragon Knights academy. Jonn went to the Academy to escape the stultifying plans that his Sembian arms merchant father had for him, and Isaac’s family had served the Obraskyr for many decades. Isaac’s father was the Kelt’s father’s adventuring companion, and the ties between their families remained strong.
The happy news was interupted by the appearance of a band of orcs, who appeared intent on killing Kelt. The ‘orc’ that struck the killing blow against Kelt displayed mysterious shadow powers leading Isaac to suspect him of being more than a mere orc mauauder.
Redgar, Kelt’s younger more scholarly brother, met with his childhood friends from the neighbouring realm of Myth Drannor at a local tavern. Thia and her younger, illegitimate half brother Zanne had fled to Coromyr to avoid the gaze of their father, former Myth Drannor Ambassador Ulliard. Coromyr was the home of their childhood, and while meeting they encountered a desperate acolyte, who was seeking the intervention of heroes to deal with the activities of the Cult of Shar in a mountain town of Winterhaven.
Redgar was informed of his brother’s death, and the efforts of the Sun Priests to raise Kelt from the dead were unsuccessful. Redgar’s father expressed his fears to his remaining son: he worried that Kelt’s death may have been an assassination, and that he feared his brother in law, former Prince Alliard, of being involved. With Allacian a threat, and the War Wizard College eager to use Redgar’s station as a divisive political tool to influence the Purple Throne, Redgar and his father agreed that it was necessary for Redgar to take responsibility for himself for a time and seek his fortune elsewhere and become an adventurer like his father had been at the same age.
Isaac was asked to accompany Redgar as his father had once done decades before, and with Jonn, Thia and Zanne; Redgar created a band of adventurers, empowered secretly with the King’s mandate. Together they set off into the Mountains to give aid to Winterhaven.