3rd Patchwall 1238: Falcon’s Hollow, Northern Kron Valley – Warm and damp.
The party consisting of Burne, Rufus, Otis, Fernok, Y’Dey and Ko-Lag arrive in the sawdust chocked boomtown of Falcon’s Hollow. They take rooms in the Jak’o’Napes Inn run by the red faced and red haired Jak Crimmy and enlist the help of a local urchin called Jaque to act as a guide. As soon as they arrive they hear tell of a plague running rampant through the local population called the Blacksour Taint. After some investigation they learn from the local priest of Heironeous that the local healer and herbalist Laurel and the Sheriff Deldrin Baleson have boarded up a well in the low market which they believe to be the source. On the way to investigate the well the party see some thugs enforcing the local ‘Axe Tax’ on a poor lumberjack. This beating is being administered by Boss Payden “Payday” Teedum at Jaque’s urging they do not get involved. Investigation of the well identifies black fungal particles in the water and is quickly cut short by the arrival of the Sherriff and five men. He is courteous and answers questions asking the party to see Laural if they really want to help the good people of the town. After gaining admittance to Laurals shop by bypassing a queue of sick and hypochondriac locals they learn a little more about the disease and that it has already claimed 14 young and old residents. Otis and Fernok spend much of the afternoon trailing men surreptitiously watching the rest of the party. Two of these men appear to work for a local crime lord called Kadren Bloodeye and one for the Lumber Consortium.
4th Patchwall 1238: Falcon’s Hollow, Northern Kron Valley – Warm and dry.
Blackshour Taint death toll now 17. Laural arrives at the parties lodgings holding one of her grandmothers’ recipe books. Scrawled in the back is a recipe for a possible cure although some of the ingredients are unknown to her. She says there is an old witch in the forest that may have one of the ingredients; a pickled root called Rats Tail (although she doesn’t know where to find her). The second ingredient; Elderwood mold is said to grow on the oldest tree in the wood and the third; seven Ironbloom Mushrooms that may be found in dwarven ruins to the north of the forest. The party decide to leave for one of the logging camps on the edge of Whitefire Vale to find a local guide. Upon leaving the town they are approached by Payday and his boss Gavel Thuldrin Kreed who tells them his children are infected and that he will pay 100 GP to the party to bring the cure to him as soon as Laurel has tested it on others.
100 xp each.