- The adventure begins on King’s Road, a day west of the little town of Winterhaven.
- The party, consisting of the two brothers, Theo and Huxley Banmarden, and their guide, a gnome named Ellyjole Glimwicket, are on the road to Winterhaven in search of their friend and mentor, Douven Staul.
- On the way to the village, however, they are ambushed by a band of kobold brigands.
- They defeat the kobolds after a protracted fight, and take several of their dragonscale shields as trophies, before continuing on toward town.
A Darkening in the North