Once upon a time in Seven Towns, a priest from Tophet visited the Burgomaster asking for help. The priest, Father Gemtun, explained that for the past six months children have been vanishing from their homes in the middle of the night. Despite their efforts, the people of Tophet have not been able to solve this mystery.
Thus far 26 children have been lost.
The Burgomaster sent word throughout Seven Towns, seeking heroes. Each town chose their representatives with the hope of recovering the children and maybe beginning a relationship with the usually xenophobic Tophet. Each hero received provisions for the trip along with ten gold pieces as payment for their service.
The heroes traveled to Cook Trading Post at Crossroads. They heard rumors on the road of goblins ambushing lone riders and small bands along the road South. However, none of them encountered any issues along the way to the Trading Post.
With the assistance of Brian and Karen Dragoncache, they met with Father Gemtun. He paid them each ten gold with promises of ten more when the job was finished.
Once they were on the road, they proceeded further South towards the Somber Woods. From there they would need to enter the forest itself, passing through it to the boundaries of Tophet.
A few hours into the trip the group intervened with a battle between some goblins and a lone horseman. The man escaped into the woods, and the group defeated the goblins, taking one captive.
The group noticed that the goblins were strangely warped and mutated. As they continued South, they debated what the source of the mutations might be. All the while, Father Gemtun remained quiet.