Stumpy entered Mortenholm in the evening, the sun had set and it was starting to cool down. Looking for somewhere to eat and rest, he spotted The White Crystal Inn. Although it was not a Dwarven establishment, he had little choice in this small village.
Once inside, Stumpy approached the bar and decided that generosity was by far the best way to find some companionship so he ordered drinks for all those present in the Inn. This made Stumpy an instant “Hero” and toasts were offered by many a patron.
At a table near the door were 3 individuals you would not normally expect to be together and Stumpy assumed they were fellow adventurers. He was about to approach them when the young female elf approached him and invited him to join them.
During their discussion, the entire Inn was interrupted by a little girl entering. She was no more than 8 years old and her clothes were blood stained. She approached the Inn Keeper and he rushed her off to a room.
Stumpy decided that he would investigate this further by questioning the Inn Keeper. The information relayed was that the Girl’s parents had been captured by some kind of Giant monsters. The Inn Keeper let slip that these monsters were “Rats the size of humans” but declared this as the ravings of a terrified child and that Stumpy should ignore this.
Stumpy returned to his new friends and discussed the matter. They all decided that it would be interesting to find out more about these “Rat Men”, so they set off in pursuit.