351st Year after the Cataclysm
~ Riddles on the Path ~
Our band of travelers made their way to High-Haven, where the tiny population had been plagued by disappearances. They met with their new patron, Ispin Greenshield and his "pet" blink bison, Kojo. Ispin helped the group investigate the town's woes, but no one could find the culprit.
Urged by the residents of High-Haven to make the climb up the mountain ridge to Highhaven Priory, the heroes sought their way up. Though assured that, in the absence of the gods, the divine tests that once barred faithless pilgrims from reaching the priory would no longer function, they nonetheless found themselves facing off against a series of riddles and challenges.
As they neared the priory's high place, these adventurers found themselves hunted by crimson mists, beings who once had been vampires, but having lost access to their resting place, they have become a hungering mist, unable to regain humanoid form. The mists, however, could not approach Kojo, so the group used this to push ahead to the monastery. Finally, facing the final riddle, they mounted the blink buffalo and bade him blink them beyond the barrier that protected the temple from both good and evil entrants.
What happened next seems to be more dream than reality. Kojo, the heroes found, does not teleport-- instead, he plane shifts! They rode the celestial bison across some shining outer plane. There, Ispin Greenshield revealed himself to be an avatar of Kiri-Jolith, the god of justice, and Kojo his pet dragon!
Kiri-Jolith announced the return of the gods from their self-imposed exile, charging the adventurers with the full cleansing of his temple at Highhaven. They must, he demanded, enter the priory and destroy the master vampire who remained within, his evil so powerful that even the glimmering slivers of Kiri-Jolith's power shining from the altar could not banish him.
He revealed the vampires at the priory to have once been the faithful priests of Kiri-Jolith, but these had abandoned the path of good and chose to become monsters instead, blaming their horrible decision on their god's silence.
Alas, they receive greeting not from a vampire, but by a pale woman in the garb of a priestess of Chemosh, complete with reaping scythe. Could it be that more gods than the god of justice have returned to Krynn? If that be, the troubles are only beginning!