As defined by our calendar in the 2022nd Year after the Ascension, the Crusaders began their journey's on its After-Yule. The Crusaders sent a party to a place called Marseau, which was once a large city along many major trade routes. The party consisted of Wynter Stillwater, Temeraire Hawking, Marvin Walter Salvatore and Torrinn the Cleric. Marseau might have once been a truely great city but after a Calamity changed the landscape of Mysia several centuries ago, its population dropped to a tenth of its former size. Today, a village-sized population remains occupying a city square in the heart of the city. the rest of the city has been beset with bandits and humanoid raiders and the situation of the townsfolk is getting very dangerous. The Crusaders sent that party to Marseau to find out the cause of its recent worsening of is situation and to stop it.
No sooner had the party arrived at the ruins of outer Marseau than they witnessed an attack on a merchant's caravan by a band of vicious gnolls. The heroes were hard pressed by the evil creatures but were aided by the arrival of a group of adventurers from their rival guild - the League of Extraordinary Exploits. The gnolls were defeated, the merchants were saved.and the Leaguers rubbed it in that they came to the party's aid.
The party arrived at the town within the ruined city of Marceau and received aid and healing from the Anniasian Mission (Anniasianity is the main religion of the western part of Mysia). The canon of the mission told them of his predecessor, Canoness Y'dey who had gone missing as she investigated the cause of the sudden infestation of evil. The canon asked the party to keep an eye out for her and gave them access to an unused dormitory next to the mission as their base of operations.
Will's character engaged in some investigation of the town and met several interesting people:
- Zert the bombastic human mercenary
- Gremag, the nasty co-owner of the local Trader's shop
- Rannos Davl, the round and bouncy partner of Gremag (who sold Marvin an ugly +1 helmet)
- Spugnoir, the short human sage who came to Marseau to investigate a resurgence of the Cult of the Night
Torinn discovered a mysterious locked book hidden under the floor of their new headquarters. Marvin discovered that Marseau's cabbages are expensive but tasty.
At the end of the day, the party deciding to go with Spugnoir to investigate the mysterious, "abandoned" garrison fort outside the ruins.