To Slay a Dragon The Tale of a Rebellion"As you know, our fair kingdom of Vineria was a great and prosperous country. It benefited from a long line of kings and queens who were skillful and wise in ruling. It would have remained prosperous for generations to come, had the dragon not entered the picture. His name was Tarimel. One day he entered the royal palace, unannounced, and slaughtered the entire royal family, and every noble present. He declared himself the new king of Vineria that day, and it has been a year since. What has this kingdom endured since then? No less than tyranny. He demands great taxes from all professions to feed an unending greed; he tears apart those who would oppose him, one by one, he censors history, literature, and the teaching of magic alike. His power is great, and I am as aware as the rest of you of the saying, that it takes one to kill one. But I say if we work together, it is possible to slay a dragon, and end this age of darkness once and for all." That was it. The speech, hastily constructed and presented at midday in the marketplace of the populous city Florena, had earned some followers. But the speaker, come afternoon, was nowhere to be found. He was headed east, fleeing punishment that was sure to come if word of his words reached Tarimel's enforcers. Some fellow rebellious souls caught up with him, fortunate as his stride was relatively slow and easily tracked. Though at first he seemed surprised anyone wanted to help, he quickly organized a plan and they enacted it. A similar speech, given in city and village along the way to the east, fighting small groups of enforcers who met them on the way, and then finally they reached their destination: the great forests. The forests were the only part of Vineria that the former dynasty had had little control over, and Tarimel's grip on it was just as weak. It was there that many packs of werecreatures dwelled, always fighting over territory but always uniting when assaulted from the outside. Somehow, the leader of the small band of rebels was able to convince a few packs to leave them alone, and they have now taken shelter in a long-abandoned tavern. Their next move, however, is unclear even to them.