Our cast of characters is a motly bunch, including social outcasts, unwanted children, despised witches and generally people that are not well thought of. They however are the one thing stopping the world from descending into utter chaos. They live as the balancing force for one king over a hundred dukes, thousands of higher nobles, millions of lesser nobles, and half a billion commoners.
They serve the king as his secret police. They were gifts to him by the various noble families trying to curry favor. You see in a world where blood is truly the most powerful weapon, one of the greatest gifts you can give someone is another someone. So extra children are married off, given as gifts or even sold to pay off debts. Our cast includes just these kind of people, unwanted, unneeded, or maybe even just not liked (you can also clear the way for a favored son to take over the dutchy, by giving your first born to the King).
They serve the king, but the king doesn’t trust them. They come from other families. They come from other lands with other traditions. So who do they really serve?
He uses them though. He sends them on misisons. He has them get their hands dirty and bloody meanwhile his stay warm inside robes next to the fire.
They do his bidding though just the same, everyone’s reasons are different, but in the end it still comes down to a few simple facts. The world is a dangerous place, people don’t get along, and when people don’t get a long too much or for too long, it becomes a more dangerous place. Because of this they help keep the balance. They help each other, they help dukes, and even the king himself to keep things safe.
That’s why they accepted this mission. It’s why they accepted missions before.
So this time they met with their superior in a bar. They sat in the corner over a few drinks and were told what they needed to do. There is a Duke who lives in the far east. His name is Duke Anthony Stewart. He has been building an army larger then is allowed. So they were sent to look into him and find out what is going on, and to solve the problem. With little more information then I am giving you now, they were asked to set forth and solve a problem that could turn into civil war.
They set out and traveled many days across the countryside. They reached the border and greeted the guards, signed registries and went to find information on what was going on. Our adventurers used their contants and influence to gain information from the locals about the duchy and what has been going on. People were mostly helpful, but things just aren’t as easy as they might appear. Certain links in the chain couldn’t been broken. They were bound by contracts and unable to tell what they had seen or heard. So our travelers wandered onward.
They eventually learned of trouble ot the East. The borders were closed further on and men were dying. Recruits were being pulled up from the ranks of the commoners and sent to the front line.
They madde their way to the east, and under the clever disguise of a general and her bodyguards, the group made it’s way to the different army camps learning more as they went. Apparently an army of giants has landed and starting laying waste to the countryside. Though there are discrepancies.
First these giants are not using weapons sized to them.
Second these giants came in on boats that seem to be the same size as normal boats.
Third these giants bodies shrivel upon death and break apart if moved, as if all moisture and nutrients have been pulled entirely.
Lastly no supernatural creatures have lived in over to thousand years, so these couldn’t be trolls or giants any more then they could be dragons. I mean they don’t even exist, right?