Dispatched from the Capital City by order of a minor imperial bureaucrat to look into the disease in Falcon’s Hallow that has disrupted the timber supply needed to build the king’s armada, Imperial agents Gilford Gallahed , and Philo Sihfeir have been uneventfully traveling for a week to Falcon’s Hallow. Following the main road along the River Foam all seems peaceful, until the alert gaze of Philo spots a rowboat pulled up on the side of the river next to the river hidden in some bushes. But even more than that, he spotted somebody doing something suspicious, mostly hidden by the brush. Suspicions are further aroused by the Paladin, Arthur sensing something evil about the boxes stacked up in the rowboat. After taking a moment to decide what to do, the brash Cavalier, Gilford charges into the bushes with leveled lance, surprising two kobolds who are dumping a box of what seems like rotten meat into the river.
Gilford speared one of the unfortunate creatures, killing it almost instantly while the other two agents threatened the second kobold with a similar fate if dared to fight them. Sufficiently scared, the kobold surrendered and began to answer the questions of the Imperial Agents. Telling them his name was Auyrtiss and that he had been ordered to dump the strange contents of the boxes into the river once a week on the orders of the “The Boss”. When questioned who and what “The Boss” was, Auyrtiss could give little information save for the fact that it was not another kobold, and it had taken power of his gang by killing the old boss. Philo then noticed that Auyrtiss was strange sandals, noting that they seemed to be rounded on the bottom and leaving strange footprints in the mud. Auyrtiss said “The Boss” had ordered them to wear the sandals while dumping the boxes. After a discussion of what to do with him, and a lecture from Arthur about turning his life around, Auyrtiss was freed and fled down the road.
Meanwhile, the three imperial agents decided to hide the rest of the boxes after struggling to identify the contents, and what the strange, smelly, meat like stuff actually was. Close study resulted in sickness, so it was decided to simply bury the boxes in the river mud while they split up. Gilford rode at top speed to Falcon’s Hallow to warn them of the threat of tainted water, while Arthur and Philo took the rowboat along the river to town.