Temple of Elemental Evil

The setting of the story

Where everything begins . . .

The town of Lawless wasn’t really as bad as one would think based upon its name. Located in between the borders of the Viscounty of Verbobonc and the Kingdom of Furyondy, Lawless became kind of a rest stop or halfway point for mercenaries who offered their sword to both lands. Originally a camping point, slowly a town began to develop. As the town began to grow, traders like the gnomes from the Kron Hills and the grey elves from Enstad slowly made their way to sell their weapons, gear, and spell components. Eventually, a small sleepy town of grizzled veterans became a bustling trade center for anyone looking for a strong sword, a stout axe, or that one rare spell component.
The name of Lawless was given by the Archcleric Elana of Veluna, the de facto ruler of Verbonbonc in part due to her dislike for anyone who was not a faithful follower of Rao, the god of peace and serenity (or at least a hearty contributer to the church’s coffers). However, King Belvor IV secretly loved the town and rumor had it that members of his staff could be found in the town, generally undercover, looking for men who could do a job that the king’s army could not do (or carry out a mission that the King could not afford to have tied to him officially). In general, as long as you did not come to town with the intent of a carrying out a murderous rampage and respected each man’s privacy then Lawless welcomed you with open arms.
In recent days, however, a dark force seems to be slowly making its way into the town. Men in black armor with the symbol of a grinning skull have been found travelling south from time to time and occasionally stopping for a night at the Naked Woodsman. Those who have crossed their path on occasion have generally been found the next day washed up along the Velverdyva River. The town regulars who have tried to exact Lawless vengeance against them have never been found again after planning on taking the men out. As a result, whenever these men come into town they are given a wide berth and the townsfolk try to ignore their existence by avoiding them out of fear.

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