The tale of the Heroes of Loudwater began on the 10th of Eleint in DR 1471. An explosion ended to the peace and quiet of the early autumn evening as the outer wall of Loudwater’s South Square detonated, raining brick, stone and wood on the citizens within. As the dust settled, a force of goblins, numbering in the twenties, rushed into the square.
The nearby townsfolk attempted to retreat; however, the goblins closed in, savagely cutting them down. Alarm bells rang summoning the Patrol to repel the attack; however, with the goblins reaching the wall undetected the response would be far too late. From the chaos, five emerged who had the courage to stand against the invaders.
The strangers; a retired Patrol member, a transplanted halfling paladin from the west, a gnome warlock from a far away realm, an elf from the High Forest, and a fierce dragonborn sorcerer from far to the east, risked their own lives to drive back the attacking goblins.
A group of the raiders moved quickly toward Garwan’s Curiosities, smashing the door with their maces. Despite their determination to get at the shop, the goblins were unsuccessful in their attempts due to the intervention of the five strangers. Before long, the group of citizens turned heroes succeeded in driving off the attacking force of goblins.
Searching the bodies of the fallen goblins, the heroes found a scrap of paper with writing in Goblin on the force’s commander. Not being able to speak the language, the fledgling heroes sought assistance in translating the text. After a quick conference with Curuvar, the town’s resident wizard and sage, the heroes learned that it was note from their leader, Sancossug instructing the raiders to obtain an item, the Horn Totem from Garwan’s shop and return it to their barrow to return their beloved Ogre King to life.
During their conversation with Curuvar the heroes first heard mention of another threat to Loudwater, a person or creature calling itself The Lady of Shadows when Curuvar mentioned that since the group was of the adventurous sort he would be interested in any information about this enigmatic threat to his hometown they happen to come across.
With a gaping hole in the southern wall to defend and the heroes poised to give chase, Captain Harrowleaf of the Loudwater Patrol determined that he would not be able to dispatch a force to launch a counterstrike. Therefore, heroes who defended the South Square market were enlisted to follow the goblin trail back to their barrow in the Southwood.
Since the goblins launched their attack in the early evening, by the time the heroes had determined where they would need to go and what they needed to do, night had fallen on Loudwater and they decided to wait until the light of the next day to venture into the Southwood to hunt down the goblins responsible for the attack.
The next morning, the heroes began their trek through the Southwood. The trail left by the goblins was easy to follow given the size of the force and their lack of skill at obscuring their trail. Upon reaching the barrow, the heroes fought their way through room after room of goblins and their wicked traps, descending deeper into the earth where they found the goblin Sancossug waiting for them in the crypt of the Ogre King.
Exhausted from the ordeal of reaching the Ogre King’s crypt the heroes were face-to-face with High Shaman Sancossug they dug deep into their reserves, summoning their strength for the battle against the goblin chief. Despite being vastly out numbered, the goblin proved a formidable enemy. The fight was long and difficult; however, the heroes won the day and Sancossug lay on the ground bleeding.
With the goblin leader dead and the majority of the tribe eliminated, ending the threat posed to Loudwater by the tribe of goblins. The triumphant heroes returned home to a grateful populace for a deed they had done.
Upon returning to Loudwater, the heroes met with Curuvar to discuss their triumph. During the discussion, the heroes learned about the nature of the Ogre King. Additionally, he mentioned that Garwan, the owner of the shop the goblins targeted, was looking to talk to them.
Leaving Curuvar, the heroes met Garwan Coppernight at his shop. He informed the heroes that he was seeking their aid in finding his brother, a prospector who had gone missing while exploring some ruins in the High Moor. The heroes assured Garwan that they would investigate his brother’s disappearance.
That night at the Tankard the folk treated the heroes to a night of celebration by the townsfolk, chief among the revelers was one of Sunsteen Urbeth the folk the heroes saved from the attacking goblins the day before.