Quarzis' Gambit Campaign

Every Story Has a Beginning

It is said that every story has a beginning. But what many don’t reflect upon is that one person’s beginning may very well be another’s end. And so it is that our story begins with the end of another – the end of the Arch-Lich Acererak. The events that unfolded at this end are not important to focus on at this moment. They shall be revealed in due course. As is often the case, some stories return to their beginnings more often than others.

What is important to focus on is how the Lord of the Undead and Master of the Dance came upon a wee-half-elven girl named Anna-Mollie. While often secretive about this first meeting, her close companions have gathered bits and pieces of what happened that fateful day. You see…

Ana-Mollie was a young girl when she was abandoned on the streets of the city of Jalpa in the United Kingdom of the Aerdy. She survived by sneaking scraps from the vendors and cleaning up after the patrons in the local shops for a few coins. That all changed the day a strange dark figure approached her and promised the impressionable youngster a new life (off the streets); the only condition was her soul was his. The stranger showed her how her life could be and Ana fell for the ploy little realizing her patron was the the Chief Warlock of the Brothers of Darkness, Lord of the Thirteen Hells, Master of the Bones, Emperor of the Black, Lord of the Undead, Master of the Dance, and the mayor of a tiny village not so far removed from Jalpa, otherwise known as… Richard – forevermore her will would be tested to do his bidding. But as promised Ana grew and as she did she discovered she had powers dark and mysterious that led her to adventuring and a good life though at the expense of her free will.

And so, as Anna’s powers grew, her dark patron called on her to do more dangerous tasks to suit his twisted purposes. Often times it would involve setting fire to random villagers. Anna never really understood why he didn’t just burn the entire village down – but she supposed the dark one had his reasons. Finally, and this is where our story truly begins – Richard whispered over the telepathic channels that link him to her, and instructed her to head for the City of Kalstrand in the very south of the kingdom. There she was to seek out a very important book that Richard had been looking for many centuries. It was said buried in a cache of treasure that a rival of Richard’s had created to hide some of his precious treasure. Ana was to get the book and return it to him. She headed out, and upon finding herself in the city, went immediately to the local inn and tavern, the Master of the Pier Tavern, to get refreshment and information. She got more than she bargained for.

To be continued…

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