Winterhaven grew up in the shadow of an old keep. Like other similar structures across the land, the keep fell into disrepair when the empire of Nerath crumbled a hundred years earlier. Winterhaven survives to this day, a modest point of light in a world that has grown darker and more dangerous.
A scholar named Parle Cranewing hires the characters to locate the old keep and map what remains of it, promising to pay 250 gp for a complete rendering. The adventurers readily agree to explore the ruined fortress near Winterhaven. These ruins might contain the treasures and secrets of the vanished human empire. Determined to earn a reputation, as well as the scholar’s gold, the group heads out in search of adventure.