After murdering the Pit Boss of the Arena in Zelastra, Eryn Praeteritus flees to the docks, and buys passage to Lionsgate, the capitol of The Kingdom of Westrun. On board this ship he meets a halfing, Lindal Leagallow, who is off to seek a fortune entertaining the people of Westrun, where he began his career as an entertainer.
Stopping off at Highcroft to trade, they meet a young half-elf, Thiadir Tentaculus. Disillusioned with his homeland, and the Archfey he has pledged his service to, he seeks to travel the world and either restore his faith, or find another source of his otherworldly power.
The boat arrives in Lionsgate, where the adventurers disembark. As they walk through the docks, Eryn is stopped by two men who appear to be Zaelorian, and they attack. Intervening, Lindal and Thiadir aid the elf in overcoming his attackers, and the elf quickly dispatches both men.
Slightly worried about the violence of their companion, Thiadir and Lindal find a the cheapest tavern in the city, and quickly plow through a few rounds of ale, while Eryn heads to bed.
The next morning, another boat arrives at the docks of Lionsgate. The boat is much sleeker and faster, an expensive University transport. The vessel bears valuable artifacts and research, as well as personnel. Among these scholars is Barthandelus Maizstrom, a Genasi Sorcerer, and former student in Zelastra. He meets a contact at the University in Lionsgate, who explains there has been rumours of a Genasi of a different kind in the south-west of the Kingdom. Barthandelus immediately sets off towards the gates, where he can find passage to Velen, the last known location of the Genasi.
The trio in ‘The Beast & The Harlot’ soon awake, and find that a man has been inquiring into the whereabouts of Eryn. The man soon returns, and having been noticed, flees. After being magically put to sleep, the man falls and the chase comes to a rapid conclusion, right in the path of Barthandelus.
Lindal immediately recognises the distinctive orange figure, and calls out. The two have a short reunion, and explain their stories. Among them, they decide to accompany Barthandelus to Velen. After rousing from the magical sleep, and being knocked out by a blow to the back of the head from Lindal’s Lute, the suspicious man is dragged back into the tavern, up to Eryn’s room. He ties the man to the chair and interrogates him, finding out he is looking for revenge after the death of the Pit Boss Jantos Athanys. Eryn stabs the man in the throat, and leaves him in the room, spilling blood across the floor. He leaves a hefty tip for the innkeep, and the adventurers leave for Velen.