Five heroes were recruited to join the sentinels, the most elite group of protectors/justicars of the realm of Illyria. They were summoned to Blackstone Keep in the northern reaches of the country to undergo basic training under the tutelage of training officer Darwin Elwine. On the road they were attacked by a small group of hobgoblins and one Ettin. The group handily defeated them and continued to the secluded fortress.
During their stay at the fortress the heroes became rivals to some of the veteran legionaries and role models to some of the younger ones. After their training they were sent on their first assignment to investigate missing hunters from the nearest town of Greenwind which was about 3 days south.
After a brief investigation at Greenwind they followed a lead to a dwarven mining camp a couple days outside of the town. When they reached the camp they found the dwarven miners in a trance-like state and they immediate turned violent against the heroes. They also encountered large insectoid creatures at the mine, the like which nobody has ever seen before. Inside the mine they discovered the miners uncovered some sort of sarcophagus and released some sort of ancient sleeping evil. The heroes also discovered that this awakened creature was creating spawn and enslaving the minds of the people in the area by implanting a parasite within the brain. One survivor that was recently infected managed to warn the heroes of an impending attack on the town of Greenwind. So the five new sentinels rushed back to Greenwind.
The heroes arrived and revealed some of the citizens of the town to have become “taken” by the parasite. Soon after a large, winged, insect monstrosity, which called herself the queen, arrived to the town. She then assaulted Greenwind with a large number of “taken” hobgoblins and insect minions. The people were powerless to stop them. When it looked like it would be a massacre, a small group of fellow sentinels arrived and helped the heroes. The heroes and the newly arrived sentinels led by the deadly Captain Rayne, fended off the the creatures long enough to evacuate some of the townspeople and escape by boat.