The players, two couples, made PCs as follows. Joe & Whitney made Sebastian the Sonorous (male human bard), and Sloane (female human fighter) respectively. The other couple, CeJing and Dawn, made Eldon (male human Druid) and Reba (female human Rogue). Eldon has a wolf companion named, appropriately enough, Wolfie.
Sebastian and Sloane have been hired as skirmishers attached to the Crimson Legion mercenary organization to patrol the far southern border of Darakeene. Their legion travelled south to the norhtern edge of the Ukrudan Desert and turned east, skirting the southern foothills of the Gascar Peaks.
Eldon and Reba had hired out to the Legion of Ash, which was contracted by Calastia to probe westwards and had skirted the Gascars. The hot winds blowing off the Ukrudan Desert to the south made it a laborious march.
Each force were moving along a large rock outcropping, which seemed to afford an excellent vantage point for recon and their respective mercenary legions sent their groups up to investigate. Upon reaching the knuckle of rock, the two groups saw each other and attacked! After about 30 seconds, the combatants heard two sets of brash metallic horns sound, with each group recognizing one from weeks of marching; the battle at the base of the hill was joined!
After a minute, another horn, not of metal was heard, and there began to be slight tremors in the earth and surrounding rocks, and within moments a massive skeletal dragon had torn itself from the packed soil! It began to lay waste to the battling mercenaries with claw, jaw and slashing wingbones, as packs of ghoulish looking figures sprinted in from the deep desert.
Within minutes, a few ghouls were climbing the rockface towards the skirmishers. Of the original 12 “scouts” who met in battle up here, 11 survived to meet the ghoul charge, with two more dying while the other 9 made their escape.
Racing deeper into the foothills, pursued by a larger version of the other ghouls with a haunting cry, they found a cave and ventured in. Within, they thought themselves momentarily safe, until the 9 foot undead beast leapt in and began wreaking havoc. Another survivor died defeating the beast and Sloane was bitten and immediately felt nauseous and weak. Those remaining heard another of the mournful cries from a distance and madly rushed to find another way out. They discovered a small tunnel and in climbing into it, broke through to an underground river. The bard fell in, and the fighter, his lover, leapt into the water to save him. The rogue attempted a more controlled entry but the rushing water pulled her in, and the druid, left alone but for his wolf, with the sound of the monstrous ghoul growing closer threw himself in the water.