Path of the Burning Sky
While once news reached the Free City-state of
Gate Pass by weekly teleporting courier, that channel
has gone silent, and now news travels by the old
routes of rumor — travelers from the outside world.
You might be one of those travelers, or a concerned
native of the city, but you have heard the rumors.
Emperor Drakus Coaltongue, ruler of the
mighty Ragesian Empire which lies to the west of
Gate Pass, has been slain in a distant nation, or so
the rumors say. Of course, the rumors once said that
Coaltongue was immortal. However, no one doubts
the tales of armies mustering in Ragesia, with orders
to secure the borders of the empire at this time of
weakness and uncertainty. And from Shahalesti, the
elvish nation east of Gate Pass, the rumors say its
ruler seeks to claim the vulnerable Ragesia for his
Gate Pass sits alone in its mountain pass, one
of the few safe routes between these two nations —
Ragesia and Shahalesti. For weeks people have been
saying war would come to Gate Pass, and now the
rumors have come to pass.