Day One: Autumn Harvest 13, 351 AC. Dusk.
Five years could be as long or short a time as circumstance dictated, but it had come and gone. The lure of home and old promise alike drew five natives and one new friend toward Solace as agreed long ago.
Though they searched diligently, none found sign of gods any truer than those the Seekers and others preached. None commanded the wonders that Ansalon beheld before the old gods turned away and the ruin of the world. Faith died countless deaths, one heart at a time as a shadow devoured the two moons, the black flame woke, the red flame swept the plains, the trees wept blood, the earth shook, and the sky fell.
But the Innfellows had only found what many had before them. They would come home and see old friends again. If they could not have triumph to share, then reunion had its own rewards.
As the long distance to Solace shrank, anticipation grew. Just as the first house-bearing vallenwoods peeked out from amid the trees, you come around a bend in the road and find the way blocked by armsmen bearing the nine-pointed star of the Highseeker's militia. Two of them had a farmer's cart stopped, searching through its contents while the driver and a passenger stood by under the close eye of other guards. Another pair stood apart, looking down the road. One held the chain of a vicious hound.
You're about two hundred yards distant and the guards don't appear to have seen you just yet.
Solace loomed nearer and nearer, but the forest still blocked its view. The road passed through a spot where the trees and underbrush pressed especially close, swallowing up much of the horizon and throwing long shadows.
As you proceed toward home, Gavin spots rustling in the bushes one one side of the road, against the breeze, and the telltale glint of steel in the fading light on the other.
Gavin: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (2) + 5 = 7
Mariel: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (9) + 4 = 13
Tania: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (4) + 7 = 11
Hiders: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (17) + 5 = 22
Opening with two separate scenes. I tried to keep the groups even but still put backstory companions together. If you weren't traveling with so and so otherwise, you can assume that you met on the road earlier today.