(Sessions involving the first (Brattleboro) player group will be cataloged with Hindu-Arabic numerals, while sessions involving the second (Keene) player group will use Roman numerals. Gods help me if there’s ever a joint session. – GM)
Brightstone Keep sat about a day’s march outside of the frontier trading town of Marikest, nestled into the rugged, craggy foothills of the western Icebarrier Mountains. The keep guarded the mouth of a small valley that had a perennial problem with orcs and other nasty creatures. A small army of mercenaries had recently marched through and pushed the miscreants back into the mountains, but the army moved on when the operation was done, and Brightstone Keep and the valley were left in a power vacuum. It wasn’t long before an enterprising orc necromancer took advantage of the opportunity and took Brightstone Keep as a base from which to raid the surrounding area for slaves and valuables to fund his necromantic practices.
The necromancer was promptly dispatched by a group of adventurers answering Marikest’s call for help. With the slaves freed, the undead destroyed, and the orcs scattered, Brightstone Keep was empty once more.
One of the adventurers, a vociferous Finnar elementalist and warrior known as The Mighty Storm, laid claim to the keep. In the months following, he begain to rebuild Brightstone Keep, and established it as the home base of the Brightstone League, an adventurers guild.
One day, Storm and his compatriots received a messenger from the town of Beckinsire, accompanied by a dwarven bodyguard, and carrying a letter heralding the impending arrival of the son of Beckinsire’s lord, Mage-Knight Ferion. Storm offered the messenger the keep’s hospitality for the evening, in accordance with Finnar custom.
The next morning, the League sent the messenger back to his master, with the message that they’d be expecting his arrival. However, unbeknownst to the rest of the group, the missive that Chillhollow gave the illiterate messenger indicated that the messenger had offended his hosts, and that Mage-Knight Ferion of Beckinsire would not be welcomed at the Keep.
After the messenger had departed, the League was approached by two visitors – another man and dwarf. One was Makkal of Psen, a frost dwarf who had assisted them in scouring the keep, offering his services to the League. The other visitor was a man with a message from the east seeking assistance – recently, three Roadwardens had gone missing from their posts at travel towers along the eastern road. The man asked for the League’s help in finding the missing Roadwardens, as the road is largely unguarded without their presence. Makkal offered to help supervise operations at the keep while the heroes were gone, so that they could devote all their energy to ensuring the safety of the eastern road. The Mighty Storm graciously accepted, and appointed Makkal the position of Seneschal of Brightstone Keep, charged with ruling in Storm’s absence.