Kingmaker Adventure Path
Book 1 Rumors
A group of evil monks and priests of a lesser-known goddess of hatred, extortion, and spite once dwelt on the northern shore of the Tuskwater to the south. I bet there are still cultists out there, and that they’re behind the sudden rise in banditry!False! While the bandits had taken up residence in an abandoned temple of Gyronna, the goddess had nothing to do with the sudden rise in banditry other than providing a home for the Stag Lord and his men. Breeg Orlivanch, a foul-mannered trapper, has been missing for some time – they say he gave up trapping and joined the bandits!Breeg is dead! The PCs found him pinned and crushed beneath a stack of logs. The ropes holding the logs were cut… Who could have cut them? The bandits are getting braver and more organized, and there’s whispers that they have a new leader – a man who dresses in animal’s bones and calls himself the Stag Lord.True! The bandits were being led by a man named the Stag Lord. Now that he is dead, the bandits will no doubt break rank and go their own way. There used to be a bridge crossing the Shrike River to the southeast, but bandits ruined it. They say the old bridge keeper Davik Nettles haunts the place now.True! The PCs found this place and its undead keeper. Davik gave the PCs the task of throwing the Stag Lord’s body into the river. An old friend of a friend had a brother who went missing in the Stolen Lands a while back. A traveling wizad. His spellbook’s probably just rotting away in the underbrush or in some monster’s lair. Shame, really!True! The party found this spellbook in a cache hidden in the roots of an old tree. Some of the bandits wear silver amulets that resemble a stag’s skull – these bandits belong to a debased cult dedicated to a hideous animal demon.False! These amulets are worn purely to show devotion of bandits to the Stag Lord. Taldan colonists once made an attempt to settle in the Stolen Lands. They failed, but not for lack of resources. There’s supposedly some old and abandoned mines somehwere in the Kamelands – and some folks believe that there’s gold in those there hills!True! The PCs found a vein of pure gold. While they didn’t have the means to mine it at the time, they marked it on their map and decided to revisit it later.
- The primary trade route from the River Kingdoms to Brevoy is the East Sellen River, a major waterway that runs through a swampy region to the west called the Hooktongue Slough. The trade route’s been closed for several months, though, due to an increased amount of violence from the boggard tribes that dwell there – hopefully the frog folk keep to the swamp and don’t turn their bulging eyes toward the Narlmarches!