Artemus left city of Tyr shortly thereafter to learn more about the world and test out his newly developed skills, and perhaps find his fortune. While traveling, he encountered a crying elderly Mul woman along the side of the road who told him about her child’s family who had been captured by slavers. She offered him all the money she had to her name to try to bring them back. Not one to turn down his first commission, Artemus tracked down the slaver’s to a small camp just outside the town of Fort Skonz. with his skills, he was able to locate the family, but the camp was too heavily guarded to consider attacking or sneaking in alone. Returning to the road, he found the old woman again, this time talking to someone else.
Aten, a warlock from Urik was attempting to get directions to Tyr out of her, but she was having none of it, and only continued to wail about her lost family. Artemus managed to convince Aten that the two of them together could take the camp down, and they could split the loot. While they did kill several of the guards, it seemed that there were rather more of them than Artemus had seen the first time around, and they were both captured. Fortunately for them, the remaining guards didn’t seem too upset about the deaths of their comrades as it merely meant a bigger share for them. Also luckily for them, it seemed that the old woman just kept sending more and more people to the camp, including an odd looking pair.
Nikto the Thri-Kreen and Kaza the Brown, a Goliath of gangly proportions, attacked the encampment at twilight. While Kaza was more interested in a frontal assault, Nikto was more interested in saving the Mul woman’s clutch as well as the other prisoners. Kaza seemed to be losing on his own, but Nikto, having just freed Artemus and Aten, returned to the fight along with the newly freed hostages, and the tables quickly turned against the guards.