The All Thing had begun, the great astrological event that comes every 5 years. Generations ago, the great races first met under this auspicious occasion. The All Thing has now evolved into an event of games, celebration, and political posturing. Champions come to show their might and each nation carefully measures the strength of their rivals.
Each of the heroes were drawn to this even either by curiosity or duty having gained some experience as adventurers but only just becoming aware of their greater potential. Upon arriving, each were sought out by Altrua representatives to meet with the lord mayor. When they arrived at the his estate they found that it was in fact the blind princess Kies Osen who had summoned them.
To their disbelief, she explained that each member summoned was marked by destiny with great power beyond any living individual. This power in turn would be needed to respond to a great threat that she was only able to hint at with her prophetic dream.
the mother bleeds the worlds veins
life born in deaths embrace.
the children bite the mothers breats
the fathers bane grows again
only in pain and blood can the land be born
one face hides true desire
one fears what rises anew
one seeks a tie that binds
one cannot be without another
4 parts to the whole
all paths lead to the worlds heart
without the gathering light, darkness grow
This encounter awakened the mythic quality in each of the heroes shaking them to their foundations and thrilling them in equal measure. The princess implored the heroes to offer aid to the Altrua though they could offer little in the way of help. Setting out into the night each sought a different path to discovering what the mysterious threat may be and test their new found powers.
Toonan sought out the wizard Toren Burcht who was presiding over the Drag’o’ghen tournament and made a last minute save of the Altruan team. Both Lomdi Lo Bodhi and Grimmroot Bitterleaf participated in grand melees and while they did not win, they certainly made a name for themselves with admirable performances. Mathago took the most direct path searching for information in Starfall’s foreign quarter and making short work of some Garsh thugs and draining one of their minds.
The all, through various means, came to discover that there had been a mysterious gang of Garsh whom had taken over a city block without making any effort to exploit it. After checking the building briefly the heroes decided a direct approach was in order and assaulted the the hideout. One of the gang was present and fought ferociously but was slain under their onslaught. Immediately after dying the creature reverted to it’s natural form revealing itself to and Aranea, a magical spider beast. There was also a map in the hideout detailing locations of major delegations attending the All Thing.
The heroes took this information to the Lord Mayor and Princess and deliberated what action to take next. Each argued their feelings about what to do next but with few clues and little understanding of the ultimate motives of the creatures a clear strategy was difficult. The Princess finally suggest that she could serve as bait with the heroes laying in wait to discover and prevent the harm that was surely inevitable. Reluctantly they all agreed seeing not clearer path before them.
As the final day of the All Thing began dignitaries and enormous crowds assembled for the great boat race Naumachia. Each contestant would declare whom they raced for and where they called home. During this procession the Captain of the ship Mother’s Milk declared that they raced for their Mother who had sent an emissary. The creature that emerged from the hold was and enormous Drider named Kol’thogh. She declared that the Mother had sent her children to teach them all fear and that they would consume them all and grow unstoppable.
Not waiting an instant longer the heroes leaped into battle, fearlessly charging the spider creature who attacked both the innocent crowd and charged recklessly towards the princess. To make matters worse a titanic Ogre Spider burst from the hull of the ship and made a seemingly unstoppable charge towards the nobility.
All of these hideous beasts were no match however to the gathered strength of four mythic heroes and after a brief but furious battle the emerged victorious. Their success was not with cost as several innocent bystanders were slain in the crossfire and swirling melee. Regardless of this, the contribution of the heroes was seen as a blessing and each was regaled a champion.