Grok the Barbarian wandered in from the West, and at the gates of Ilhopa, he encountered some strange holes in the ground. He threw rocks into them, only to find them disappearing in a flash of blue light. He briefly considered throwing bigger rocks in, but bored of this idea and wandered into town and visited The North Star Pub. It was there he was apprehended by some guards and escorted to prison for the murder of someone three days prior. Grok went peacefully and was placed in a holding cell after briefly being questioned by an important looking man with a wig.
Later that night, a hole was blasted in Grok’s cell, and Grok was escorted by a group of females through an underground tunnel. There he met a very tall woman who claimed she was setting him free so that he might find the real killer, Matthew Sands. Grok agreed, and was blindfolded and escorted through the tunnels and out of the city.
Tezz, a Tengu wizard, was recently expelled from the Mages’ guild for some as-of-yet undisclosed prank. Whilst collecting things from the library, Tezz was visited by a talking carrier pigeon from Matthew Sands inviting him to a banquet in Monhutch, North of Ilhopa. The message also said to bring food. Tezz went to the market and found a mango salesman, Marvin. But before Tezz was able to purchase any mangoes, he mentioned Matthew Sands, and Marvin disappeared in a flash of blue light.
Tezz decided to take the Mango cart with him, and as he did, no one objected.
Gideon the Summoner wandered in from the swamp to the east. As he was approaching the city, he crossed a black river that ran directly into a large stone building. He briefly chatted with the old man out front in a rocking chair, but decided the old man was boring and entered the city, passing by the strange hold in the ground and large pen as he went.
Wandering through the city, Gideon passed the temple and monastery, where there was a long line of people waiting for a blessing. Gideon entered the line with his turtle where he met a young woman named Elena. Elena claimed to be trying to enter the monastery so that she might learn Kung Fu and seek revenge on her fiance, Matthew Sans. She also claimed that Matthew had taken a valuable ring of hers, and she wanted to get it back. Gideon offered to retrieve the ring for her, and set off to do so.
Fumbles the Bard was summoned to meet the Mayor Elect, ODonnell, and offered a contract to perform at her inauguration. It seems the band she had previously hired had gone missing. Whilst in negotiations, the Chief Justice reported that the ODonnell‘s future appointment to the high court, Matthew Sands, had gone missing. They offer Fumbles a contract as permanent bard to O’Donnell, at 60 gp per performance, if he will go find Matthew Sands and return him to Ilhopa in time for O’Donnell’s inauguration. Fumbles accepts the contract, and sets off to find Matthew Sands.