Rana, Wren, and Fae met Elias and Thorbjorn one night in the tavern inn and meadery, The Sotted Bee, when the sheriff called for volunteers to investigate a peculiar but savage wolf attack. When they arrived on the scene, they were shocked to find that the sheriff, who had ridden ahead, had been attacked and dragged down a well. The companions followed the path of the abductors through dank caves and dusty buried ruins, eventually finding that the creatures were never wolves, but foul undead creatures that had been created by a bizarre artifact hidden deep underground. They managed to destroy the artifact, but unfortunately had to slay the now undead sheriff. The party then returned to town to inform the village elders, but the elders showed hardly any concern for what had happened.
Later, orcish and goblin tribes in the north spontaneously started raiding the northern steads of the Amberdale, and the elders dispatched the party to investigate why the sudden aggression. The party then geared up, loaded up their mounts, and rode north.