Keep on the Shadowfell
The PCs enter from the southeast portion of the map.
This encounter includes the following creatures.
- Kalarel’s spectral apparition (K)
- Agrid, gnome skulk (S)
- 1 guard drakes (D)
- 3 human rabble®
When the PCs approach the site, read:
A steep-sided crater punctures the wilderness. Near the center of the depression, several humanoid figures cluster around a collection of bones. Two small, dragonlike creatures near the crater rim stand alert and stare at your approach. On the far side of the crater, a sinister apparition presides over the gathering.
The PCs arrive just as Agrid and his men have uncovered the relic they came to find. They have no time or patience for the interference of adventurers. Agrid will, however, try to confuse the PCs by acting friendly and claiming to be an associate of Douven Staul (who is gagged, tied, and hidden beneath a blanket). He’ll try to lure them close before ordering the guard drakes to attack.
Any of the PCs can attempt an Insight check (opposed by Agrid’s Bluff check result) to catch a whiff of deception and danger. If any character makes a successful check, the PCs realize something is not right. At that point, Kalarel’s apparition orders Agrid to attack. Roll initiative.
If Agrid or the spectral apparition drops to 0 hit points, the gnome cries out,
“Kalarel, I have failed you!”
The explorer is tied up and gagged when the PCs find him. Once freed, he thanks them and says he must return to his wife. Douven also offers his amulet to the adventurers as a thank you, but not before he removes his wife’s picture from inside it.
In addition, Agrid wears a +1 amulet of health. The amulet is a locket with a picture inside. The amulet belongs to Douven, and the picture is a portrait of his wife.
+1 Amulet of Health: This magic item (value 680 gp) grants its wearer a +1 enhancement bonus to Fortitude, Reflex, and Will defense, as well as resist 5 poison.
The creatures have a total of 65 gp and 13 sp.
A small wooden crate contains the relic from the dragon’s treasure hoard that Kalarel seeks to recover. It is an ancient mirror that belonged to one of the Nerath wizards who set the seal. It isn’t magical, but it is worth 550 gp.