The party awakens to find that Francis Strife and Morgan Goldweaver have gone missing in the night1. There are no signs of a struggle and the barricades remain in place. An investigation is immediately launched within the house.
Devon had, that morning, entered Dreamspire having decided to begin his life anew, switching his career from mercenary to free-lance adventurer. He encountered the same uncanny circumstances as the adventurers had the previous evening. His investigations led him to a door where he believed he heard sounds. As Devon made ready to bash the door in the party prepared for an impending zombie attack.
After a quick introduction, mostly involving a broken door and the relief that the zombies had not returned, Devon decided to join the party. Having found no trace of Francis or Morgan and no longer possessing a working door the party took to the streets to find their missing numbers. A systematic search was decided upon as the best course of action and they duly entered the nearest house to search.
A quick and quiet search of the house revealed a zombie eating a small animal. As if feeling sudden need to prove his value to the party Devon dispatched it in a single blow with a powerful sunder attack from his greatsword. Finding no trace their friends, but locating a small key in a dresser and a hidden lockbox under the bed, the party decided to move on. The zombie hoard that had stumbled onto their location however, had different plans.
Acting quickly the party decided the window was their only escape3. All players successfully ran to and jumped out of the only window in the room, except Logan Dark who instead decided to make a grab for the lockbox4 using up his full round of actions. He did not survive.
With no time to mourn the loss of one of their own the party sought to put as much distance between themselves and the hoard as quickly as possible. Finding themselves deeper in the city now the party chanced upon another rogue, Falco Nightow, who had been stuck in Dreamspire for several days now. Feeling that safety was indeed found in numbers he joined the adventuring ranks as the party now sought any available shelter. Deciding the nearest house would suffice the party was surprised to find the door lock. They quickly employed the skills of their new rogue friend, who had no trouble opening the lock. He did however forget to search for traps and was severely injured by a spear trap.
1 Francis Strife was unable to attend that evening and Morgan Goldweaver showed up late, their absence has been written into the plot and will be done so for any players unable to attend in the future.
2 If you really must know, it was a cat, a big poofy himalayan long hair with smoke tipped fur. Happy now?
3 At this point initiative was rolled, all players succeeded in rolling higher than the zombie hoard.
4 The lockbox contained no actual treasure, it was placed in the game to see if any players would choose greed over the life of their characters.