The adventure began on a drizzly evening in the streets of Cauldron. The PCs were strangers headed their separate ways when a cry and the sounds of a scuffle in a dark alley grabbed their attention. Three thugs were roughing up a young cleric of St. Cuthbert named Ruphus Laro. The PCs managed to subdue two of the thugs and the third ran away. The thugs were not very cooperative, but they did explain that they were only hired to intimidate Ruphus and warn him to stay away from the Lantern Street Orphanage. They were actually town guards trying to earn some extra money on the side.
After handing over the captured thugs to a guard patrol, the PCs escorted Ruphus to the Church of St Cuthbert. A high priestess there, Jenya Urikas, thanked the PCs for their help and explained that Ruphus was at the orphanage to console the children. Three nights prior, four of the children mysteriously vanished without a trace, and Jenya believes it is related to the other kidnappings that have occurred around Cauldron. Jenya had cast a Divination spell asking the location of the children and only received a cryptic riddle in response. She promised the PCs that the church would reward them 2,500 gold pieces if they could find the children and also gave them each a Potion of Cure Moderate Wounds.
The riddle from Jenya Urikas
The next morning, the PCs met up at the church and then went to the Lantern Street Orphanage. They questioned the headmistress, Gretchyn Tashykk, about the missing children and inspected the rooms they disappeared from. No possible escape routes were found, and the locks on the doors were found to be of good quality and working properly. Gretchyn carries the only key on her person at all times. She also explained that she routinely has the janitor, a half-orc named Patch, inspect the rooms to make sure that the children can’t get out and cause mischief. She brought Patch up to answer questions and then excused herself as the session came to a close.