Parallel Company, your adventure starts... now.
Ket is an occupied town under martial law. The goblin army came down from the Hinterlands virtually unopposed, but that seems months ago. They swept any resistance aside rather as a insolent child might take the wings off a hapless fly. Not that there was much resistance from Ket; oh no. The goblins had planned it long and well, and had gradually taken majority control of the Traders' Concourse and The Watch in the years before; buying their way into influence with their inexhaustible goblin gold. When their army came, the gates were wide open and they marched right into the town square; right up to the bar of The Jolly Noose
to quaff their victory drinks!
The months since then have been dark times for Men of Ket. Business continues, albeit under strict new regulations enforced by an overzealous goblin military. But the screws are tightening. The law seems more stacked against Men and toward Snorks with each passing day. May good folks have disappeared, or deserted. Others would too, if they weren't so afraid...
So Men have taken themselves underground. To the labyrinth of sewers, escape tunnels, secret stairs, and family vaults still undiscovered, or not yet policed by the goblins. Here, at least, Men can grumble and complain among themselves over their bitter fortunes. Why has Maine not come? they ask. Where are the Guardian Path templars when you need them? And where on Thuul's Green Earth
, is that idiot Gottfried? The Lord Absent Himself, away for a year and a day on Thuul knows what ridiculous jaunt... while his fiefdom has been pulled from under him!
That's the tone of talk around The Churchcroft
these days. Its a low and private underground tavern for Men and their friends--long as they're not Snorks--where good folk can get a bit o business done without Snork involvement. Tonight the rumor is that some lucky bugger found a tunnel right into the goblin vaults; right to all that goblin gold. Other folks are talking more serious-like of getting back some of what's been taken from them. All that stolen Trader wealth is stashed in the catacombs down there, and with most of the Traders dead or run out of Ket, well... who'd come looking for it?