Within the Yantil Mountains, somewhere north of the Duchy of Ulek, stands a fortress monastery dedicated to Bahamut, the Platinum Dragon named “House of the East Wind.” It is here that the monk Tuvok and warrior Patrin meet, and are given a task to travel with Dimitri, a priest of Bahamut, to the town of Saltmarsh, on the southeastern edge of Keoland. In possession of a deed for the Yarik House, which came into the hands of the church a decade or so ago, the higher ups of the church believe that they need to begin some form of out reach program, in which to introduce the world to the newest of the blessings of Bahamut, the dragonborn.
Having appeared only in the past few years, the dragonborn have been met with distrust and sometimes our right fear. Wishing to try to solve this problem, and possessing a land grant that may allow them to establish a presence in a location that is not only civilized, but also in a area that would allow the church and her dragonborn to do good deeds and bring acceptance to the worlds to their kind, they have sent Dimitri and his escort to Saltmarsh to do just that.
On the road to Saltmarsh, as they were traveling through the Duchy of Ulek, they encountered a Bakluni traveller, Ahmad. Amazed and marveled by the dragonborn, for he had not seen their like, or even heard of their like before, he settled in to travel with them. At the edge of the Dreadwood, in the town of Woodsage, they hired on an elven guide, Aoife to see them through the Dreadwood to Burle and then on to Saltmarsh.
The company arrived in Saltmarsh on the 5th of Readying, a Waterday, in the Common Year 591 (5/2/591)
After dealing with the city guard at the ‘gate’ into the town, a situation that the dragonborn face all to often in these times, they took rooms at the Wicker Goat. Ahmad enjoyed the evening with Tamira, one of the serving girls at the Goat, and everybody got to kick back and relax, and clean the dust off of them.
The next morning, Dimitri told Tuvok and Patrin that he would not need them to help with all the legal issues that he must jump though, but perhaps they could find some information about the Yarik house from the locals.
Ahmed decided to seek out the elders of the town, those with knowledge of the legends of the town and its surroundings. After a bit of time asking around, he was told some of the old fishermen, Old Man Jacobs and The Gutter are some of the gabbers, but he was also lead to Crazy Nettie, who lives in the only stone house in the slums. While know to be a loon, she may know more than others about the legends of Saltmarsh.
Aoife decided to seek out the town auditor to find out information about the Yarik House. She is told that the place is evil and haunted, and how Steven Yarik came to the town some 30 years ago with the wealth gathered from adventuring. Over the next 10 years he would be seen infrequently, usually to pick up various deliveries he had ordered, various chemicals and other strange things, glass vials, tubing and other various alchemical devices and supplies.She was then told that about 20 years ago, he simply stopped showing up, missing picking up several deliveries. After a week, a group of guards went up to see what might have happened. They found the house empty, no sign of Steven Yarik, but also no sign of foul play. Since then, it has become known to be haunted. Over the years, it has been picked clean by various disreputable elements. In the past few years, it haunted nature has picked up greatly, with strange lights and sounds being heard from the house.
Tuvok decided to seek the children of the town, who might have a different point of view of the house than adults.
Patrin decided to seek out knowledge from the general store, hoping to find someone who might know more.