As the adventure begins, our heroes are living in the small village of Bellport. Due to to disturbing dreams that they have been having, the four friends decide to seek the aid of their old friend and mentor, Douven Staul. In fact, the symbol in their dream is so vivid that one of them has sketched it on a piece of parchment. The characters feel that Douven may be able to help them to decipher the mysterious image, and interpret what this cryptic dream may mean. This man trained them for a life of adventure and had bade his friends farewell three months ago and headed for Winterhaven. Douven, a rabid explorer of old ruins, had found a map that revealed the location of a dragon’s tomb not far from the village. He figured if a dragon was buried there, why not also its hoard? Douven is a very famous adventure from the village of Bellport with tremendous influence and popularity. The party is able to get passage to Winterhaven via the road to Ogburg. Days later, our heroes find themselves traveling down a road that hasn’t been maintained in nearly a hundred years. They are traveling through a dangerous wilderness toward the small town of Winterhaven.
The characters start by traveling west along the old King’s Road toward Winterhaven. Before they reach the town, however, they are ambushed by a group of kobolds.