Our adventures begin when Adan, Bron, and Cruril are on their way from work, heading to The Elks Tree Inn for a pint. They run into new visitors of Woods Haven, two gnomes, a brother and sister, Landri and Aludira. Gnomes are rare in these parts so they caught Adan, Bron, and Cruril’s attention.
After greeting the gnomes, the Lord Mayor Sir Nickels comes out of the toy shop across from the Inn. His men come out behind him each one carrying a stuffed animal, a tiger and a bear. The third guy was not carrying anything except his two swords. Lord Mayor Sir Nickels greets Adan, Bron, Cruril, Landri, and Aludira. He lets them know that the Inn has the best ale and comfortable beds. Seeing how amiable the group was, Lord Mayor Sir Nickels invites them to a feast tomorrow night. He will send an invite to the party later.
The group enter the The Elks Tree Inn and are greeted warmly by Innkeeper Phil and gets each one a pint of Ale. The group drinks and enjoys the wonderful music played by Roland the Monk. After the performance, the Monk heads to the bar for an ale and befriends the group. Landri mentions he also plays a wind instrument and challenges Roland to a musical duel.
While the two friends duel, Adan, the deputy to the sheriff, is looking concerned about a case he is working. He asks Innkeeper Phil if he’s heard about the boy that went missing. Phil said he didn’t know much about that but he did hear rumors there were goblins spotted in town. Adan asked if he knew anyone with more info about the boy, Innkeeper Phil said that his daughter Judy may know something more because she was in the same class as him.
Phil calls Judy over. Judy is a sweet 15 year old girl, she helps her father run the in as a waitress. Adan ask Judy about the missing boy. She says the boy is the toy makers son. He went missing 4 months ago. Everyone thinks he ran away from home because the kids would make fun of him. Adan asked if she knew him and she said no. He’s the same age as her but he acts like a 9 year old, Very immature, and kind of a jerk. She didn’t know anything else about the toy makers son.
The musical duel was over. The Roland played well, but Landi somehow out played him. Roland drowned his failure with ale and Cruril’s company.
Adan, Bron, and Aludria were in deep conversation about the missing boy when they heard someone yell behind them. Two little old ladies were sitting by the fire knitting said they heard the deputy was here and someone had stolen her spoons. Bron asked her name and how many spoons were stolen and she said her name was Miss Marigold and two silver spoons were stolen. Group rolled their eyes. The other old lady, Aunt Polly, said that there were rumors about how little things have been going missing. People say that it’s the fairy thief that has been taking things. Brown asked how long ago was the spoons stolen? Miss Marigold said who knows but she discovered it missing today.
Adan, Bron, and Aludria join their comrades back at the bar discussing what they heard with Roland, Cruril, and Landri. A lumberjack sits next to Cruril at the bar, it’s his friend Cliff the lumberjack but he looks really troubled.
Cruril asks Cliff whats the matter and Cliff says that a buddy of his went missing. The supply wagon that was sent to the logging camp disappeared and no one knows where Ernie the driver is. Most people think he stole the wagon and went to the Capital to sell the supplies but Cliff said he would never do that. Yeah Erine is a drunk and his wife left him but he would never leave his job. Lord Mayor Sir Nickels was not happy he had to send another wagon of supplies. He also sent two half elf rangers to investigate the missing supplies and loggers. Adan asked why didn’t they report it to the sheirff? Cliff said that Lord Mayor Sir Nickels has his own private security handling it and doesn’t want word of the mishap to get out. Lord Mayor Sir Nickels owns the sawmill and half the town.
The group was discussing what they just heard and was preparing to investigate the logging camp. Cliff said he thinks Ernie would prefer for them to find the lost boy over him. Landri realized that his sister and him don’t have a place to stay at. Innkeeper Phil said he had many rooms available and he even had Halfing sized rooms he they wanted. Landri and Aludria got room 16 with two regular sized queen beds, a cozy fireplace, nightstands, and a sofa. Their room comes with complementary breakfast for 10 gold. Landri haggled the price to 5 gold if he played music for bingo night and cleaned up after Aludria’s pet owl. Innkeeper Phil was so excited for the gnomes visit that he suggested they go shopping and have many fine stores. The Toy maker’s shop was very unique and wonderful, he even bought his daughter Judy a stuffed animal. The group decided to visit the Toy maker’s Shop.
The group enter the Toy maker’s shop. Roland starts looking at the cool wooden puppets. A woman in her 40’s greets the group her name is Mrs. Havershim and she’s the Toy maker’s wife, she asks if she can help them. Adan asks about her son and if it’s true he ran away. She said no he did not run away. A man in his 50’s, Mr. Havershim, comes into the room with wood shavings on his apron. He sees the adorable little gnome Aludria and says how pretty she is and gifts her a cute wooden hippo. Aludria was so happy and thanked the toy maker. Toy maker’s wife was not happy saying how can you give stuff away like that we will go broke. He brushes her of saying too bad so sad and walks to the back room to continue working. Adan asks if he’s always been like this and she said it stared when her son went missing. He is heartbroken and sad and just threw himself into his work. Adan asked if there was anything else he needed to know. She said she had a picture of her son and gave it to him, hoping he can find her son.
The group was planning on entering the forest but it was dark outside and the bingo event started. They went to the Inn to enjoy the festivities. The two musicians played adequately and entertained the crowd. Bron bought meat pies for the group, which was delicious.
Roland spotted someone that was not really enjoying the festivities. He walked up to her and introduced himself. She nodded and smiled, and then the rest of the group crowded her which made her feel uneasy. Her name is Alinda and she’s an elf. The group start talking with her asking her questions about what she’s doing and she said she’s just watching people and the festivities. Adan asks her about the missing boy and she say she doesn’t know much but Judy my know more. She then opens her self help book and proceeds to read, which was a hint she wanted to be left alone. She was friendly to the group but she is an introvert.
A message was sent to Innkeeper Phil and he made an announcement. The homes on Cherry Tree Lane has bed bugs and he is willing to provide room and board to those for the night. He asked Landri and Aludria if they can share their room with the others in their group. Roland said not him cuz he sleeps in the cellar. Cruril and Landri also refused and said they will stay at Madam Gryesha Brothel. Adan wasn’t thrilled either but if Bron was willing to stay with Aludria and her owl then he would too.
Landri and Cruril went to Madam Gryesha’s Brothel. They paid a reasonable price for a nice clean place. Landri was with a half orc named Missy and Cruril was with two half orcs named Sissy and Lizzy. Cruril had an awesome time with Sissy and Lizzy, whom were very impressed by Cruril’s performance. Landri’s girl Missy was less then impressed. Soon rumors of Landri’s failure reached his sister Aludria. She laughed at her brothers misgivings and said that’s what he gets for leaving her alone.
Adan and Bron slept in the queen size beds in room 16 and Aludria rolled out her bed on the floor. She preferred sleeping on the floor because it was better for her back. Soon there was a thud Bron woke up a little and went back to sleep. Adan and Aludria woke up and saw it was Aludria’s toy that fell off the nightstand. Aludria got upset with Adan saying why did he knock down the toy from the nightstand. Their arguing woke up Bron and he used his magic to light up the room to find the fallen toy. Adan claims the toy fell from the wobbly nightstand but when he checked the nightstand it was sturdy. Aludria thought there was something magical in the room like a ghost or something that moved the toy. She casted detect magic and the toy glowed. She was able to sense that the toy’s magic was evil and ancient. She dropped the toy and it came to life.
Roland who was in the cellar heard a loud thunk and Aludria yelling its evil!!!! And he hurried upstairs. Aludria also sent her owl to get her brother Landri and Cruril. Adan got his sword and tried to hit the toy but ended up getting his sword stuck in the floor board. Aludria hit the toy a couple of times with her magic. Bron blessed the group and hit the toy once or twice. The toy sent splintering shards hitting the group every so often but it did take its toll on the group. Roland finally showed up but he was also able to hit it only once or twice. Finally Bron hit the toy hard on its head. The toy panicked and ran into the fireplace where it brunt up into a black rock.
Landri and Cruril showed up, but the fight was over. Bron healed wounds and pulled out splinters. The group decided they all should stay at the Inn together and then in the morning they will find answers at the Toy maker’s shop, after breakfast of course.