Friends of FourXanth, a renowned elven sculptor and master archer is long time friends with Kita’s father Clonin. Clonin is also an elf, and a master jeweler. Clonin an Xanth are both civic leaders in Woodmere, a small community in the Western Heartlands region of Farun and are considered very wise. They both sit on the artisans guild. Olavine is Kita’s mother and is human. Olavine, recognized Kita’s pampered lifestyle earl as a potential weakness and became concerned for Kita’s ability to defend herself as she matured and sought to explore the world. Clonin began teaching his daughter to the best of his ability, but evemtually asked Xanth to teach Kita to use a bow and survive in the wild. Kita grew up around Xanth and are trusted family friends who seek to see the world together. Dispite a ten year age difference, Rye, a middle aged human and Tarl, a young halfling circus acrobat are best friends, their differences bonded them over the many miles of road travel across the land. Rye followed the circus’ circuit of destinations attempting to spread the healing word of Glantu at each destination, all the while tending to any wounds the performers indured. After many years of travel and friendship, Tarl departed from the circus to seek mastering magic. Friends for life, Rye continued to follow along with the circus until it reached the town of Woodmere. Woodmere was the one of the only towns along the circus route to not have a divine healing chruch or religon and the suffering always bothered Rye; Tarl knew this is where Rye would be because of that fact, so meeting up with him after his schooling wouldn’t be a problem. Although Woodmere is too small of a town for the circus to ever set up in, it passed through the town on a layover twice a year. That Summer, Rye, parted from the circus troupe and now calls Woodmere home. Only months later, and completely unexpectedly, Tarl showed up in Woodmere to reunite with his friend, who he often felt was “The only person in Farun that understood and accepted him”. Tarl began to explain his friend that he had been expelled from the magic school and needed a place to “lay-low”. Rye accounts from his personal diary on this date, “I’m glad he’s here, but there is definately something wrong; he’s not telling me everything that happend at the magic school and I don’t know why.” While in Woodmere, Rye gained popularity as he built a small flaming shrine to his deiety and used it to heal the townsfolk. He met many of the towns noblity and gave counsel to the Merchants and Artisans guild. This is where Rye met Xanth, Clonin & Olavine and Kita. Upon Tarls integration into the towns make up, he became good friends with Kita, being of similar age, both are wild-spirits that are often misunderstood by others.
Opportunity and desire collided when the town needed adventurers to dispatch a cockatrice roost that was uncomfortably close to Woodmere’s open borders. This was just the kind of thing Kita had been waiting for. She enthusiastically convinced Tarl to go with her to “slay the dreaded beasts”. Tarl wasn’t going without Rye and Clonin asked Xanth to lead the envoy and ensure the groups’ safety. The four set out for the first time, hunting and stakling the menace. The new team was successful and rewarded for their bravery by the Magistrate of Woodmere himself, Lord Beemyer. Hungry for further exploits and drunk with a sense of invincibility, three more similar tasks were undertaken, each further away from the familiarity and each more dangerous. The excitement was intoxicating and success seemed undeniable.
As a light snow begins to fall on the seventh day of the month of Marponeth 1372 DR on the journey home from escorting a wagon with a lone driver and an unknown cargo to Icewindale, the friends-of-four seek shelter in a cave just off the main trade road for the night.
In the middle of the night, while her dear friends sleep, Kita is terrified and surprised by three, armed and very dirty human males who run into the cave gasping for breath. They crouch low, just inside, to hide in the darkness the cave provides from the full moon light. Apparently as shocked to see Kita as she is to see them, one of them gestures to Kita, with his index finger, first across his throat then vertical over his lips, ssshhhh…