The next morning the head back and meet with Elder Cadrick, he explains that this is not the first time in Overlooks history that the orc menace has made an attempt to overrun the Stonehome mountains but this certainly was one of the most serious, most concerning about this attack was the strange weaponry used by some of the invaders.
He shows the group a morningstar with a half moon etched into the shaft, “either they have become more organized, or someone has been supplying the orcs with weaponry.” He continues “The latter seems to be the case when taken with a report made by Kalad and company; the orog leader Kalad defeated was in the company of a gray skinned human with eyes that were black orbs. Along with that, among the remains of the orc forces taken down by the (bleeps1) in the vents, a body of a cloaked unidentified humanoid was found with an “E” stitched into his cloak.
Our intelligence division believes this to be somehow related to a figure various group heard mentioned on the battlefield only known as emissary but unfortunately that is all we have to go by. One Ministry of War intelligence officer (blank) believes that the gnome artificer [[Dr. Svorg]] might have some knowledge about these things. But he is a reclusive and extremely temperamental figure, so we need a small group such as you to head out to mansion and try and get any relevant information out of him. You came highly recommended by commander ?? who said your skills were some of the best he had under his command at Bordrin’s Watch.
We can offer four hundred gold pieces now and another four hundred upon your return, hopefully this mission will lead to the discovery of the forces behind the scenes of this attack.”
The group agrees that this seems reasonable for a job they can seemingly wrap up in a single day and they make preparations to head out on foot northward with the general directions given to them towards Svorg’s Mansion.