Ides 3 of Winter Twilight, 1022 FA
Imperial Tradition holds that every Crown Princess, on her twentieth nameday, is given an incredibly lavish celebration, to mark the true passage from adolescence to adulthood. In keeping with this transition, they are also to be given a task.
The region which would come to be known as the Rhodene Marches is a small continent, approximately a thousand miles off of the coast of Carnival, an untapped and unexplored wilderness full of promise.
Today is Imperial Princess Rhodene Lapin Serenity‘s twentieth birthday, and her own lavish celebration is a tight knit gathering of only a thousand of her nearest and dearest. Her task is to administrate the colonization of the Marches, and their addition to the Empire. To that end, in addition to the usual courtiers and attendants, an open call for adventurers and mercenaries to attend was put out to attend, and possibly become Princess Rhodene’s representatives in the Marches.
Included in those adventurers were; Tessara Variel, third child of House Variel in the kingdom of Ulturia; the unlikely couple of Nuna and Orik Vancaskerkin, a Shoanti barbarian princess and a mercenary from Carnival, respectively; a mercenary known only as Crimson Steel, famous for both his skill with the blade as well as his tactical knowledge; Zozo Umi, a gnome from the eastern parts of Furoshii, but who had spent much of his life in the Silver Millenium Empire; and Jhediah “Ravenlock” Mallor, a former member of the Pathfinder Society.
These six adventurers in particular are notable mainly for a random quirk of happenstance, for an attempt on Princess Rhodene’s life was made that night. As the evenings festivities progressed, a woman, appearing from amongst the guests, muttered a dark prayer that seemed to transport the adventurers, the Princess, and her immediate guardsmen into a shadowy reflection of the great hall they were in moments earlier.
After a battle of blade and spell with the Dark Priestess of Demon Queen Lamashtu and her shadowy servants, the battle moved into the Palace courtyard, where two ogres were waiting to ambush the party. Although the ogres were defeated as well, they hampered the party enough to allow the priestess to make her escape.
It was discovered that they could return to the palace proper by simply stepping through a reflective surface; namely, the fountain in the courtyard. The remains of the assailants were identified as, not normal ogres but rather twisted faerie ogres, from the First World.
As things settled back down Nuna realized she recognized the voice of the Dark Priestess as the same one that had plagued her dreams since her first encounter with the followers of the Demon Queen. However, with the Princess safe, and gratefully so, she wasted no time in naming the six stalwart adventurers her stewards in the Marches, and knighted them to the Order of the Silver Moon. Pausing now in Imperial Capital Ragnarok for a month, the party considered what they would need to arrange to bring with them to the Marches…