Late Pharast through mid-Gozran, 4717 AR
- The Greenlords interrogate Ameon Trask and find him to be more than willing to open up about the situation at Fort Drelev once it looks like he may have a chance at keeping his life. From Trask, the Greenlords learn that Hannis Drelev has holed himself up in his keep. With him in the keep are his wife, the Baroness Pavetta Stroon-Drelev, her brother Imeckus Stroon, and a refugee from Galt calling herself the Lady Quintessa Maray, in whom Drelev has taken particular interest. They learn that since Drelev’s surrender to the Tiger Lords and Pitax, the town has been under a curfew, with Pitax mercenaries and brutish hill giants “keeping the peace” at night.
- The Greenlords also learn that Kisandra’s father Terrion Numesti, Drelev’s knight-captain imprisoned for refusing to give his eldest daughter, Tamary, to Armag the barbarian, is in the dungeons beneath Drelev Keep. The Greenlords scry on Numesti, teleport into the dungeon and out with Numesti, reuniting him with his youngest daughter back in Tatzlford.
- With Terrion Numesti’s help, the Greenlords west and around the northern borders of the Hooktongue Slough – a vast bog of stunted spruce and fir trees, treacherous waterways, and hidden sinkholes. The Slough is known to be inhabited by tribes of boggards and worse, and the lake at its centre is rumoured to contain some prehistoric monster seen once in a generation or two. As the Greenlords round the western edge of the swamp, they catch sight of two black dragons in the distance, flying in unison before disappearing from sight as they dive into the marsh.
- Reaching Fort Drelev, the Greenlords follow Terrion’s advice and infiltrate the Baron’s extravagant keep via a hidden entrance on the riverbank northeast of town. Within the keep, the Greenlords are approached by Imeckus Stroon, Pavetta Stroon-Drelev’s brother and a powerful wizard. Imeckus claims to have anticipated the Greenlords’ arrival by scrying on Terrion Numesti, and makes an offer to the group to assist in deposing Hannis Drelev, a “useless, self-interested sensate” according to Imeckus. In return, Imeckus seeks to rule Fort Drelev as a vassalage of Zelenoy, with his sister Pavetta as the figurehead of course. The Greenlords aren’t quite sure what to make of Imeckus, and are not immediately trusting of the awkward wizard, but agree when he suggests that he teleport the group directly into Hannis Drelev’s quarters to confront the man directly. The Greenlords’ misgivings are justified when Imeckus teleports them into the fort’s inner courtyard instead, surrounded by Hannis Drelev, six hill giants, and 25 of his men and guards. All hell breaks loose.