The Incident at Toad Inn.
On word of the quarantine implemented due the discovery of the Yellow Death, myself and fellow guard of the realm began our house-to-house initiation of the mandate. We knocked on each door, read the notice and I inspected those present in the home or business for signs of infection. Upon approaching Toad Inn, a bustling new inn at the edge of town and quite a magnate for adventurers, we discovered a large group of 17 had hunkered down for quarantine. They ranged in race from, Gnome, Half-Orc, Half-Elf, Halfling, Elf, Human and Dwarf (one of our own enjoy some off-duty time). The owner and his grown son and daughter were busy serving guests and a loan beggar hovered by the front doors. As Toad Inn was the outer most building we decided to post ourselves out the front doors and wait to see if other arriving adventures would need to be pulled in and inspected.
Not long there after a large rumbled shook the foundations of the building and a woman’s scream emanated from the kitchen. My companion entered the doors to see the daughter, covered in blood, clothes torn, screaming. She exclaimed a large cave-in had occurred beneath the root cellar and giant rats had emerged, attacking her and her brother. He brother was still below being attacked. As she explained this to her father behind the bar he turned to the room and begged for assistance from the considerable forces present in the room.
Dear King, at that moment I swear to all that is stone, a demon must have possessed the moment! Orcus himself seemed to have returned with his chaos! Our off-duty soldier quickly ran to assist the young lady and was attacked through the kitchen door by a giant rat, 3 people at the bar mysteriously fell asleep, most sat unmoved by the events, drinking their less-than-quality ale, and one study woman of the unholy cloth rushed to attack my companion, dealing an almost deadly blow to a fellow guard of the realm!! We retreated from the chaos to the porch as the mad cleric continued her assault! An elderly guest vanished from a corner seat and a thief ran out the back door. A fighter of low skill attacked our mad cleric and was pummeled into unconsciousness, perhaps dead.
In the kitchen 4 adventurers attacked the rat, killing it but discovering 2 more. They were also dispatched quickly and the four brave souls followed the screams of the father to root cellar. They were a female druid, and Elfin fighter and two thieves. They found the brother being pulled into a dark, collapsed chasm in the floor. They pursued the rates and dispatched them below. The druid healed the thankful brother and sent him up stairs with the elven fighter.
Above, I charmed our attacker and healed the man who came to our defense and was knocked cold. We sealed the doors and returned the place to order. Roll call revealed a lone, elder human, likely a wizard, escaped with a stolen horse in the confusion. We suspect he caused the sleepers at the bar and snuck out the back door invisibly. We have put word out to search for him.
The Inn secured, we returned our investigation to our three adventurers in the collapsed tunnel. There we found they had discovered a tunnel into the back of what could only be described as a giant rat pen. It was lined with old straw, bones of other small animals and, I believe, some human ones as well. One of the thieves apparently picked the lock on the gate to the pen to exit. We followed their trail through a small cave clearly inhabited by several absent goblins and three hobgoblins. It is well-kept and well-stocked for living and they have clearly been there for some time. We believe the adventurers may have taken a pile of record-keeping books that were on the table. We need those to determine the purpose of this lair. We exited a door in the opposite side of the small cave and discovered two cells, one recently unlocked. Just around the next bend in the tunnel we discovered our threesome, now a foursome (a skinny, dirty small human was with them in tattered clothes). They crouched in the shadows spying into a larger cave beyond. There they were watching 2 goblins tie up another skinny, ill-kept human to a pillar. They spoke of him being tasty and a “good offering”. Most of this cave was filled by a small lake with the pillar at the edge closet to us. There also seems to be a few shriekers growing here with some rope and damp netting contraception designed to be lowered over them. I do not know it’s purpose.
I will report again as I can. For now I am sending this message via our Dwarven soldier who was off duty. He will return to us once it is delivered.
Your humble priest of the realm, Brandenburg Gates.