War of the Burning Sky
While once news reached the Free Citystate of Gate Pass by weekly teleporting courier, that channel has gone silent, and now news travels by the old routes of rumor — travelers from the outside world. You might be one of those travelers, or a concerned native of the city, but you have heard the rumors. Emperor Drakus Coaltongue, ruler of the mighty Ragesia which lies to the west of Gate Pass, has been slain in a distant nation, or so the rumors say. Of course, the rumors once said that Coaltongue was immortal. However, no one doubts the tales of armies mustering in Ragesia, with orders to secure the borders of the empire at this time of weakness and uncertainty. And from Shahalesti, the elvish nation east of Gate Pass, the rumors say its ruler seeks to claim the vulnerable Ragesia for his people. Gate Pass sits alone in its mountain pass, one of the few safe routes between these two nations — Ragesia and Shahalesti. For weeks people have been saying war would come to Gate Pass, and now the rumors are true.
Gate Pass (Large City): Conventional; AL NG;
Population 17,000; 40,000 gp limit; Assets 34,000,000
gp; Mixed (57% human, 13% orc, 10% elf, 6% half-
orc, 5% half-elf, 5% gnome, 3% dwarf, 1% other).