Epilogue for the Innkeepers of Winterspire: Chapters 1-29
Long before the age of man, these lands were ruled by the Giants and Dragons of Old. Tiamat, Queen of the Dragons, rose against the Giants, hoping to establish the Dragon as rulers of the primordial world. The Giants, in their last bastion of glory, banished Tiamat to the Nine Hells. And in doing so, they vanquished themselves, the Dragon and the ancient world they lived within.
As it often does, history repeats itself. During 1214, in the towering stone Moon Hills Inn, the legend began. An inn owned by the former adventurer Brutus on the border of the towering Winterspire Mountains was clamouring with adventurers. Each of them, for one reason or another, was seeking to climb to the Peak of Winterspire Mountains to be granted their legendary wish.
Instead, they found themselves embroiled in an ancient conflict between Dragon and Giant. An ill-spoken dragonborn known as Talimar sent them on a quest to retrieve his Serpent Herb, lost within the Misty Rock. Once retrieved, the adventurers discovered the truth: Tiamat has returned and seeks to devour the very world they live upon.
There was Rozzo, a moustached man who claims to be from the village of Merrittonia, though no one’s ever heard of that place.
Steeb, the gnome wizard seeking the infinite knowledge of the world beyond the confines of his cloister.
Niloc, the tiefling warlock raised by wolves within the Wild Forests.
Malachite, the tielfing trickster convict who escaped from Waterdeep and a profound mushroom entrepreneur.
Bal-darok, the battle-born half-orc paladin of Pelor and Atremis, a seasoned wizard of the divine and reknown son of Elminster of Waterdeep.
Festoon, the Halfling entertainer known for his extravagant accordion shows and his ability to transform into the circus animals he entertains with.
Farin, the dwarven pyromaniac wild sorcerer whose uncontrollable powers shock those around him.
And lastly, one who refused to join the Innkeepers and swore allegiance only to the Giants, Beats. The Goliath champion and avatar of ancient vengeance.
These are the adventurers who would form the Order of the Innkeepers alongside Brutus and Miri, owners of the Moon Hills Inn. And it was the Innkeepers would lead the call to arms against Tiamat’s return.
Under the reign of King Hrothgar, they helped form the Bannercall. That is, the march of the Winterspire’s thanes under one banner to meet Tiamat’s Black Legion from the East. The Innkeepers also traveled to Waterdeep and made themselves reknown among the cities masses. Using their political clout, they beseeched the Council of Waterdeep to form an army of their own to assist the Kingdom of Winterspire against Tiamat’s wrath.
With an army secured to stop the Black Legion, the Innkeepers now needed a means to vanquish Tiamat. Atremis, son of Elminster, revealed to them that he alone carried the Skull of Orcus. If they could find the Staff of Orcus, they could form Scepter that banished Tiamat prior.
As the armies of the Bannercall and Waterdeep clashed against Tiamat’s Black Legion, the adventurers climbed up Winterspire Peak, hoping to craft the Scepter of Orcus. Below, the Black Legion was stopped dead in their tracks, despite casualties on both sides. However, it bought Tiamat enough time to make her way up Winterspire Peak.
At the peak, the goliath Beats awaited his moment against Tiamat, having been foiled by Rozzo and the Innkeepers with a fake staff. As the Innkeepers reached Winterspire Peak, Oracles sat in anticipation of their arrival as the goliath brooded with vengeance.
With Tiamat momentarily bound by the wasted wish of a love-struck monk, the Innkeepers took their moment to strike. As Rozzo raised the Scepter of Orcus against Tiamat, he banished her to the Nine Hells.
Orcus, devil of the Nine Hells, decided to seize the moment and trade places with Tiamat. Sitting upon the Peak of Winterspire and the very peak of the World, he raised his weapon to rip the world asunder and unleash his devils upon Winterspire.
Instead, the Wizard Steeb used his wish to unleash a torrent of magical energy upon the Peak of World and opening a great void upon the skyline. As Orcus was ejected into a far off plane, the Void was controllable and the entire Kingdom of Winterspire with it.
And here, after this catastrophic moment, is where our adventurer begins. Into the Weird World of the Lost Void!