The Edge of Darkness

23-26, Late-autumn, 758

Thurik, Ava, and Moe arrive in the village of Desna on the banks of the Arden River late in the evening on the 23rd of Late-autumn. The little time spent in Desna is devoted to investigating and learning what they can about Hadley. They learn Hadley is a large isolated town which isn’t visited often—the village magistrate describes Hadley in a soft whisper as a “town that is in Mordent, but not really in Mordent.”

The following morning at sunrise Ava, Thurik and Moe depart for Hadley. The three days spent traveling across the Vale of Twilight is dreary, miserable, but uneventful. On the third day of the journey before turning north to the Forest of the Ancients they glimpse in the distance the Mournesworth Manor. The manor looks neglected, deserted, and sadly tragic.

Shortly before dark on the third day within the Forest of the Ancients, about a day’s travel south of Hadley, Thurik, Ava, and Moe come upon a wagon broken down on the side of the road. There are Vistani or gypsies, three men and a woman, desperately trying to free the wagon from a ditch. Their names are Tavayo, Alexander, Divid, and Rosalee. Hidden away off the road is the daughter of Divid and Rosalee, a child named Alyssa. With their help they are able to free the wagon. To thank them for their help the leader of the gypsies, Tavayo, invites them to camp with them for the night.

Late in the evening when the fire is burning low Tavayo offers to read their fortunes as a show of gratitude. After reading Moe’s fortune Tavayo believes the reading is a bad omen and the halfling is cursed. Tavayo demands for them to all leave the camp even though it is late in the night. The group obliges realizing if they do not leave it could turn violent because of Tavayo’s temperament.

Before Ava, Thurik, and Moe have time to set up a new camp nearby a woman’s scream pierces the cold night air. They quickly run to the gypsy camp to find the cause of the scream. But before Thurik, Ava, and Moe have time to investigate Tavayo screams for the Vistani to kill them because “they have brought death upon us!” Shortly thereafter chaos breaks loose, because rot scarab beetles are attacking the camp, but the Vistani are not only fighting the beetles but also attacking Ava, Thurik and Moe. Ava, Thurik and Moe destroy the rot scarab beetles, but are also forced to kill the Vistani as well. The only Vistani who survives is the young girl, Alyssa. She is clearly upset about the conflict, but soon calms down. However, when she sees a glass box slightly open on the ground she becomes hysterical.

After several minutes of calming Alyssa down Ava, Thurik, and Moe learn Alyssa believes the glass box is a “great evil” which was the cause of Tavayo’s madness. She agrees to travel with them to Hadley, but insists they burn all the Vistani possessions before they depart.

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22, Late-autumn, 758
22, Late-autumn, 758

The following morning Sir Samuel Cosse takes a carriage to the Shire Inn in search of two Lamplighters in particular, Ava Shade and the dwarf Thurik.

After discussing the occurrences in Hadley with Ava and Thurik they both agree to depart for the town as soon as possible. Ava and Thurik ask their friend, Moe; if he would be their guide on the journey. Moe has spent most of his life traveling the western lands as a goat herder, so he knows the land well. Moe estimates Hadley is about 5 days travel from Mordentshire, depending on the weather and conditions of the roads. The roads are not well traveled or maintained to the isolated town. He believes it would be best to take a ferry skiff up the Arden River to the small village of Desna. From the village of Desna they will have to travel east across the Vale of Silence, a lonely stretch of foggy heath, murky forest, and vast graveyards.

All of the afternoon and most of the evening, Ava, Thurik, and Moe spend researching “dark adaptation.” They learn nothing about that name. But they do learn of a plague in Borca seventy years ago. Those infected with the plague were turned into shadow, first their limbs turned into shadow, and eventually they turned completely into shadow.

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21, Late-autumn, 758
21, Late-autumn, 758

On the 21st of Late-autumn in the year of the False Moon, 758, a letter arrives late in the evening for Sir Samuel Cosse, leader of the Lamplighters. The Lamplighters are elite order of watchmen and investigators founded in Mordentshire. The letter is from Artemis Garrett, inquisitor for the town of Hadley. Artemis has requested the immediate assistance of the Lamplighters to investigate accounts of hallucination in Hadley—what has become known throughout the town as “dark adaptation.” Artemis describes dark adaptation as the occurrence of shadows shifting in the peripheral vision followed with severe sleeplessness. The inquisitor, Artemis, is concerned because the number of accounts has been increasing daily. He believes if those suffering from severe sleeplessness do not receive help it could cause serious issues. Artemis has not witnessed dark adaptation himself, but reliable sources have confirmed the occurrence.

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