On a warm spring day, five adventurers, Bartholomew the Holy , Holden, Jimmy Brimstone, Mung Bean, and Sarloc, found themselves in a marketplace in the town of Highburn. Different paths had brought them here, whether they were seeking fortune or redemption, answers or peace of mind, or running from their pasts. The town was suddenly beset by goblins and orcs touched with a demonic taint. The adventurers were able to defeat the attackers, though not without some difficulty. Following the battle, Mayor Songsteel came across the party, sword drawn and flanked by guards after her own fights, and, recognizing their prowess in battle, asked them to join her at sundown at her office. The office was littered with an eclectic mix of prizes, most notably, a furniture set that featured legs that ended in eagle claws whose talons tapped nearly incessantly. Mayor Songsteel tasked the party with finding an elf named Darshee Jarona who was captured by the goblins. After a series of tense negotiations, the party was given 50 gp with a promise of 50 more upon their return. They were given two possible locations for the attack. The first was a clearing to the east in the Bitterwood. The second, a cave series slightly to the north of that. Following a night of preparation, and partying… Well, mostly partying that included ale, hallucinogenic tea, and a porcupine on a leash. The following morning, the adventurers trekked to the caves and encountered a small number of fungaloids, but send them packing after a brief skirmish. After the combat, Holden was drawn to a small subterranean creek, where he found the Wand of the Bloodless Mage, a cursed item. The party took some time to catch it’s breath, then continued its journey to the clearings to their south.