The heroes have arrived at Willow’s End, and have learned of an ancient tribe of minotaurs called the Ruun. The minotaurs waged war against the Northern Empire centuries ago, and were believe to have been utterly wiped out. The Ruun used a green and orange battle standard and also tattooed their followers with a pair of horns.
In talking with the people of Willow’s End, the heroes learned of a sickness that seems to have originated from the #4 mine shaft. Several miners have fallen deathly ill and been driven half-mad by something within the shaft. Some miners haven’t even come out of the shaft.
The Chief of the Town Council, Duncan Stonewarden, and his brother, Dugan, head of the Miner’s Union, organized a search party to rescue the miners and find the source of their illness. Unfortunately, the searchers were separated, and Dugan and his retinue never returned.
While mindful of the threat from Delruun, the heroes agreed to search the mine to determine the cause of the spreading illness in Willow’s End. If successful, Duncan Stonewarden has promised them 500 gold pieces and a Frost Rapier that belonged to his grandfather.