It all began with a young boy named Abe.
Abe and his sister Jolene were two humans, living in the Narrows of Makoto. Urchins, they were owned by the empire and the property of the snough. The two regluarly did errands for Thaddeus J. Bindlethumbs, a gnomish inventor and proprietor of a meager sundries store. After helping him eradicate his bat problem, Abe left to go purchase something he had been saving up for… a bow.
That bow was soon put to use as the siblings left rumors of the Black Samurai having been spotted in the Narrows to go witness the parade put on in honor of the snough’s return. Greenbriar Sestun, the warlord who governs Makoto, had left to meet with the other snough in the empire’s capital. News told of the mayoid growing weaker by the day; in time he would likely choose one of his sons to ascend to the throne in his place- but which?
Such worries were put out of Abe’s mind as Sestun laid eyes on Jolene and commanded his footmen to take her as one of his concubines. Determined to save her, Abe attempted to fight them and was powerless to save her. The healing powers of Melchizedek, a human cleric who passed by, brought him around.
The woman told Abe of her friends- people who could help him save his sister. Willing to do anything, Abe joined up with her and her cohorts and soon found himself in another fight with the raiumas. This time he was aided by the human warrior Doro and the elven sorcerer Quarion. The trio made short work of the swordsmen, though the peaceful Doro convinced the wounded men to flee rather than lose their lives.
Melchizedek quickly hurried her friends away to Starshine Books where Abe was introduced to the rest of the rebellion.
Michuru Half-elven, the resistance’s founder and leader, is found to be the son of the mayoid and one of his human concubines- explaining his determination to help Abe. However, Michuru’s human side is also of royal class, descending directly from the last king of Corsica. His friends Adell, Rory and Alemi now work to liberate humanity from their elven oppressors.
Working with them is Melchizedek’s group, including Darrow Half-elven, Capone Thunderbringer and Thaddeus J. Bindlethumbs. They are also joined by another team: aside from Doro and Keenwind Quarion, a kender rogue by the moniker of Tinker serves along with the gnomish warlock Gelsando Starlane. It is this group Abe joins as he learns tonight marks the group’s inaugural assault. The rebellion is small now but Michuru hopes to expand it. To do so he will need money and Melchizdek’s team is charged with looting the snough’s coffers.
Citing that the empire will cover up any attack on the stronghold, Michuru wants a signal to the humans to show them that their elven oppressors are vulnerable and provides Abe’s team with the means to light the top of the keep aflame. Announcing that his own team will provide a distraction to the strong officers under Sestun’s command, the group splits up to enter the keep from three locations- Abe’s team taking the sewers that the keep’s cisterns empty into.
In the sewers the team meets Bardou, a human rogue who betrayed his party to steel their magical items. Though the party bests him, Doro does not permit the group to kill the killer- instead subduing him and leaving him behind for the time being.
Once inside Treser Keep, the groups splits up- sending the rogue to scout ahead. During his mission, Tinker runs into the kender storyteller Shelly Mary.
Meanwhile, Doro’s group has a run in with a young raiumas named Moonglow Okuno. They best him and abscond his ancestral daisho. The skirmish causes enough of a ruckus that it draws many of the guards to them and the group begins to flee. However, such acts leave the roof unguarded and allow Tinker to use the scrolls of Grease and Lesser Fire Orb he “acquired” from Quarion to complete their mission.
Fleeing from the raiumas the group hide out in a chamber where they soon hear a girl’s scream. Barging through his bedroom doors they find Sestun with two concubines- branding them atop his now bloodied sheets. At the sight of Jolene, Abe attacks and Sestun’s battle with them is interrupted by Michuru’s arrival. Michuru announces his intent to hold him off, ordering the others to flee. Still, Gelsando’’s dousing Sestun’s chambers in kerosene helps Adell’s tindertwigs and the run goes up in flames behind the retreating heroes.
On the way out, Abe finds the signet ring his father left to Jolene- something she wore on a chain around her neck since they became orphans. Taking it up himself he had no choice but to trust Michuru to save her.
Escaping through the sewers, the group took Bardou to the local authorities and prepared to head into the Shade- seeking out the man Michuru believes instrumental in building a resistance…