You leave Jac’s Inn and head across town to the Roots and Remedies shop. When the group gets within view, they see a dozen people waiting outside of the store waiting for it to open. Most are poor farmers with their sick children. When you approach, they see your group of adventurers and several parents run to meet, you pleading for your help to save their sick children. Everyone quickly realizes the seriousness of the quest you are about to enter upon. You see with your own eyes the helpless victims of this horrible disease.
You see two children about age 10 petting a large dog that sits in the cool shade. The dog is grey and white with eyes the color of sapphires. It appear to be a good sized timber wolf. Your initial reaction is to protect the children, then you realize the wolf is extremely docile. The dog seems to be guarding a short spear and a large wooden shield that rest against a tree.
A young woman kneels next to several children washing dirt from their faces with a wet cloth. She is dressed in animal hide, soft leather boots and moves with a calm grace. She is in her mid 20’s yet has stark white hair with brown eyes. At closer inspection, you notice the pointed ears of a half elf hidden within her hair. She stands to greet everyone with a smile as you approach. “Good Morning to everyone. Im so glad to here you will be traveling with me to help these good people.” she calls to you.
Lauerl hears Amrolle’s greeting and exits the shop. She hands a small potion to an elderly woman with a smile and a tap on her shoulder. “You’ll feel more comfortable tonight with this.” she tells the woman.
Laurel welcomes everyone to sit under a large tree behind her shop where everyone can speak privately. Laurel continues to help those in the street as the white haired woman gathers her spear and shield and moves to the shade behind the store. Everyone sits in a small flowering garden surrounded by trees. There are three stone benches, one under each tree. It is peaceful and quiet.
“Good morning again. My name is Amrolle. I’ve lived in the Vale all my life. These forests are my home. The creatures within the woods are like my neighbors. Some good, some bad, but all are familiar to me to some degree. Laurel and I have been friends for a few years now, and she has asked for my help. It is my understanding that you seek three rare items from the Darkwood Forest in hopes that they will cure the sick of the Blackscour Disease.” She says to the group.
“The items you seek are Elderwood Moss, Ironbloom Mushrooms and Rat’s Tail Root. I can identify all three on sight and know where in Darkmoon Forest they may be found.” She pauses for a moment then describes the three to you.
Elderwood Moss: This semi-magical moss only grows on the oldest tree in a forest. As such, two known patches exist near Darkmoon Vale, one upon the Forest Elder in Darkmoon Wood. That is where you are headed and another on the Green Patriarch within Arthfell Forest. That is beyond the city of Olfden. Elderwood moss, when prepared correctly, acts as a strong decongestant.
Ironbloom Mushrooms: These stunty fungi only grow in dark places thick with metal and rock. The diets of Five Kings Mountain dwarves consist heavily of ironbloom mushrooms, mainly because the plant grows naturally in and around dwarven forges. Protein rich ironbloom mushrooms bear a slight salty taste but otherwise contain no flavor of their own, making them excellent additions to many dwarven meals.
Rat’s Tail: This root looks as dark grey and as thin as the tail of a rat. When boiled, it could be quite tasty, but if eaten raw, it could cause serious hallucinations and possibly even death.
“As I mentioned earlier, the Elderwood Moss grows on the Forest Elder, the oldest tree in the Darkmoon Forest. This tree is hidden deep in the darkest parts of the forest, within a small ancient grove. It is a sacred spot to the forest creatures and only few know of its location.” Smiling to the group, “and I am one who knows.”
“It is about a three day journey from here. If we are lucky, the Ironbloom mushrooms and the Rat’s Tail root could also be found within the grove. Most every type of flora found withing the Darkmoon and Artfell Forests are found within this ancient grove. Legend has it that Ambrosia a forest nymph is the care taker of this ancient grove. I can tell the story of her during our travels.” She says.
Amrolle continues. “I will not lie to eveyone… this journey may be extremely dangerous. Some of us may not return. But there is one thing I can guarentee… you will witness things never imagined before. The Darkwood is an ancient forest filled with wondrous things, including magic, treasure and the darkest of evil. Many adventurers have entered it seeking fame and fortune never to be heard from again. This I know is nothing new to your ears.”
Amrolle continues. “I’m told that Liliandil is the leader of this expedition and has hired all of you to help her in her efforts. Id like to join your group and together we can begin to help the people of Falcon’s Hallow recover from this disease that has taken so many lives in the last several months.”
Liliandil speaks up. “Thank you Amrolle. I am so please you are with us. Your knowledge will be critical to our success. I have every confidence in this group and all have agreed to join me on this quest. With that being said. Let us gather supplies and meet at the northern gate in an hour. Time is of the essence. Here is a few coins to help you purchase what is needed.” She hands everyone 5 gold pieces, to purchase enough food and water to last for 6 days (three days out and three days back). .
OOC: If you’d like to post any supplies that you have yet to purchase, or anything else you would like to do before heading out, let me know. We can post “in private” so to not hold up the group. One more thing… I’m sure to hear plenty of groans… I’d like everyone to erase all coins on their sheets and begin with only 5 gold. Remember, you are all here for fame and fortune and I’d like everyone to be almost penniless.