The paths of five lone travellers converge upon one place in the northwest of the Nentir Vale. Each of them had come across a leaflet advertising Famous Dave’s Adventurer’s Academy, but their reasons for coming to the listed location vary. (“The Famous Dave mailer” has been widely acknowledged as one of the furthest-reaching marketing campaigns in the history of the Nentir Vale)
A solitary, boarded-up cabin greets the travellers, a sign above the door proclaiming “Adventurer’s Academy” seems to mock them. The group is soon approached by a woman named Salvana Wrafton. She pleads with the strangers to follow her into town and help take care of a kobold problem. Weary and irritated about the Famous Dave bust, but in need to supplies, each of the five travellers agree. Never has a more unlikely party been seen — Mialee, a female Elf Rogue in search of her brother. Kyrrox, a young female Dragonborn Ranger with a faithful pet Griffin by her side. Patyen, a male Halfling Cleric of Elven Goddess Sehanine. Zedra, an Eladrin Wizard, aloof and gender-androgynous. Gord, a male Tiefling Warlock whose imposing build and near-silence makes everyone more than a little nervous.
The group is then officially hired by Lord Padraig of Winterhaven to root out and exterminate nearby kobold encampments. Padraig sends along a town guard named Barry to assist them. Thus begins the first job of Roll for Salsa, Adventurers for Hire. (Though they would not come to be known by that name until later.)
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Winterhaven: barfight, Griffy “dies”, kyrrox gets Riza, kobold camp extermination, Barry + kyrrox, meet Herman, find amulets of orcus, salvana’s missing picture, famous dave is wanted in Fallcrest, shadravax mirror – oops a dragon in town!
Zedra pulled into The Shadowfell, sees orcus & kalarel. snapped back, reports experience to rest of r4s. find incriminating Page from Kilik Padraig’s Notebook.
The keep: skeletons like Bahamut, enter Dwarfie Hammersmash, pantslessness ensues, the group defeats kalarel, close rift to shadowfell, OMG Zedra’s a dude.