The story so far…as I remember it at least.
The brave adventurers all made their way (for some reason or another) to the land of ShadowDale. They were all quietly enjoying an evening in the Shadow Inn, ran by Michael and the Barwench Betsy, when a forlorn man walked in and sat with some friends. He was overheard talking about his soon-to-be-wife, Aneesa, who was missing. His name was William Ivy and his friends were Robert and John. They learned that she was the only daughter of the Fletcher, Sebastien, who was not happy with the upcoming nuptuals. Obviously, the next course of action was to talk to Sebastien and see what he knew, which wasn’t much. He had seen Aneesa carried away by a band of Goblins…everyone hates Goblins, even the smelly dwarf. The adventurer’s banded together and offered to find Aneesa for Sebastien and made their way towards the river.
The party met the group of goblins and made quick of killing them…having discovered the entrance to the goblin underboss’ lair – Nilbog was his name. After defeating more goblins and Nilgob, the party saved Aneesa. But first, they found a letter on the body of Nilbog…from William…stating that he was offering Aneesa as some sort of offering. OH NO!
They returned to the Inn to confront William but instead met him, Robert, John, and 3 others in the town square, prepared to fight. They talked to William, who explained that Shar had started taking control of the area in the absence of the dead goddess Meystra. She had demanded an offering or she would destroy the city. He was sorry that it had to be Aneesa, but she was the best candidate and fit all the requirements set by Shar’s guardian. The group killed everyone in the square, except for William, whom they tied up to the fountain. All of a sudden, minions of Shar appeared to collect the sacrifice, but instead engaged in battle with the adventurers. William was killed in the battle, unfortunately. They knew Shar’s Guardian was close behind and prepared for battle…arming Sebastien, Aneesa, and a few others with bows and arrows. The townsfolk were not very good shots and actually inflicted more damage on the smelly dwarf and the swordmage than on the Guardian.
Victory belonged to the adventurer’s though!!! They have been proclaimed friends of ShadowDale by Arturo B. Cecil, the regeant of ShadowDale.