Finding the Fireworks
It is the middle of the summer season, and the denizens of The Oasis, an order of druids and rangers, are preparing for their annual solstice festival. The normally modest and calm tribe is alive and gathering for a most magnificent celebration.
Among those living at The Oasis is a half-orc by the name of Tober Sky. As he is getting ready for the festival, he is approached by Elurian, a self-righteous elven elite guard. He tells Tober that he had recently sent out a group of goblins to collect fire berries for a popular refreshment. The problem is that the goblins have yet to return. Elurian orders Tober to deal with finding the goblins since he’s far too busy to do it himself (and doesn’t particularly care for what he considered “lesser” creatures).
Tober and his faithful badger Winston head out to track the goblins in the forest. He successfully finds one of the goblins; however, the poor thing has been torn to shreds by some sort of animal. Tober recognizes the marks from that of a wild boar. As he follows the tracks, he runs across a strangely dressed gnome with a much larger bird. The gnome introduces himself as Avery Gold and his summoned companion Halcion.
They find the boar and easily dispatch of it. However, they realize the boar was attempting to tear at the ground around a rather large tree. After a bit of searching, they find a buried path leading underground. After hearing noises below ground, they decide to enter.
They draw out a contingent of three kobolds and dispatch with them. They find a storage room filled with random crates, some of which were supposed to be delivered to The Oasis. They find a crudely drawn map of the surrounding area with marks at different spots surrounding The Oasis. They also find crates with metal tubes and barrels of a powdery substance.