Various circumstances have led all five characters to arrive in the small village of Wayrest within days of one another. Upon arriving in town you have discovered a rather depressing set of circumstances which has left the town in a sorry state of affairs. The town guard has stood down following the disappearance of the leader of the guard and it’s replacement by a band of eastern mercenaries, Ghull’s Griffons. The Griffons are taxing the town to ruin while extorting passing caravans for protection money. The small caravans have been growing less and less frequent due to both the extortion payments as well as bandit raids supposedly orchestrated by an Ogre chief. The small caravans seem most hard hit and it is these caravans that Wayrest relied most upon to fuel their economy.