You all met by chance in the frontier town of Eagle Peak and are traveling together through the mountain pass to Tyrluk. The mercenary captain Tessa Silversword is planning to meet up with her mercenary company in Tyrluk after a two month furlough. Brother Ignatio has expressed a desire to see the world beyond the tiny monastery in Eagle Peak. Clarissa Lightouch is returning from an unsuccessful expedition north of Eagle Peak. Thelas Firehand has just spent two months studying with a hermetic but well-regarded fellow Firemage. The Artist Formerly Known As Alanzus retreated to Eagle Peak to get a rest from his throngs of adoring fans. Finally, Alena Naturespirit says she is on a "deeply personal quest."