The group hurried down the trade road to catch up with Taravin when they came upon a couple of knights. One of them introduced himself as Constadine Ballantine, a knight from western Damara, out recruiting swords to help fight The Purge, a humanoid group who was harrassing their mining operation. The group bid him and his cousin well and moved on, where a few days out of Greyaxe, they came accross a dwarven lad running to them, looking for help for his cousin who fell into a pit. The pit turned out to be a compound, which the group cleared out.
The dwarven boy was lost, though Taran gave a temple in Greyaxe the resurrection money. What they found when all was said and done was an illusionary program came to life. He said his name was Ascentus, loremaster of the Sherlarin, an ancient clan of Goliaths who lived hundreds of years ago. His tale was below:
“The Sherlarin were a tribe of goliaths who ruled the southern mountains of Abanasia before the time of The Witch King. Our chieftain was a man by the name of Aurikan the Dauntless Anakalathian. His leaps spanned chasms, hsi words were as titanic as the rocks themselves. He wielded a mattock that foes called “Death Knell”, for if you heard the tolling of the bells, you were already dead.
Not every great man lives forever. A clan of storm giants took up residence in the area, enslaving the downlanders. When they made the mistake of enslaving the Sherlarin, Aurikan lead an assault on the giant compound. Aurikan killed the chieftain’s son/brother and wife before encountering the chief himself, a collossus of a giant by the name of Revnik. The battle raged on for an hour, and was stopped suddenly when Death Knell impacted the giant’s maul, exploding the giants weapon and casuing an avalanche.
The Sherlarin won the battle, but lost their cheiftain and shortly thereafter lost the war, as the giants were working with The Witch King. Seeing the writing on the wall, the Sherlarin retreated to a secluded valley. There, they found peace for some time, before the sickness starting taking them.
I was sent back here, to a temple that was build for both dwarven and goliath gods to be worshipped in hopes that some of our kin would be bold enough to seek out the lost valley of the Sherlarin."
The group met up with everyone and entered Greyaxe. Several things happened, Taran paid the Halea Brightaxe temple to send people to raise the dwarven boy who was slain. Grutog met with the head priestess of the order, Battlemaiden Banala. Thraex found rumors that the King’s son was missing. Sedry entertained some local priestesses of the goddess of laughter and debauchery.