As they continue south towards Winterhaven they see ahead what appears to be a small army approaching. There are several mounted horses. Some of the riders carry banners. Most of the riders appear to be wearing armor. Behind the riders there is a large group of people.
The lead rider breaks away from the group and rides up to the adventurers. It is King Cirdan. He leaps from his horse and embraces his son.
After thanks and greetings are exchanged, the rest of the group catches up. It is many of the townsfolk and Lord Padraig from Winterhaven. Lord Padraig thanks all profoundly and invites them back to rest up in the town.
Cirdan and Lord Padraig invite them and all the town to a banquet on the grounds of the manor.
Upon reaching Winterhaven, the town cheers as the adventurers walk through the gates. Content Not Found: salvana-wrafton welcomes them to the Inn and directs them to their rooms to prepare for the banquet.
At the banquet, Cirdan makes a speech:
“Ladies and Gentlemen of Winterhaven, we are gathered here tonight to honour 5 heroes.
“Less than a month ago these strangers found me dying beside the road, a victim of a goblin attack. Two precious items were stolen from me in that attack, the Eladrin Ring of Power, and my own son Olowe. These 5 strangers agreed to give up their common lives and join together to take on a quest of finding my son and the ring and returning both to me.
“Along the way, they have restored safe passage to the roads between Fallcrest and Winterhaven and the crumbling Keep; befriended a dragon that might otherwise have become a threat to the wellbeing of this valley; defeated a small goblin army; and thwarted the plans of Orcus to enslave the world by closing again the rift to the Shadowfell.
“What is more, they have agreed to go on a quest to find all the rings of power that were stolen so long ago so that together the great races of Eladrin, Human, Elf, Dwarve, and Dragonborn can reestablish dominion over these lands and remove from this world the races of evil beings sent by the gods of evil to defile and dominate the Natural World.
“With their help, the world will be made safe again for all free races.”
Cirdan makes a toast to the adventurers. Then says:
“I want each of these heroes to introduce themselves and tell us what was their greatest exploit on this quest.”
As each adventurer speaks, Cirdan and Olowe reward them with a new magic weapon.
Cirdan thanks the adventurers one more time, then invites everyone to eat and drink and celebrate this first victory. He also tells them that Fallcrest is looking forward to greeting them. The city offers special discounts in the market and free room and board for the heroes as they plan their next quest.
When they get to Fallcrest, they are greeted by the Wizard Content Not Found: nimozaran_ who offers his service in training, spells, and rituals. He also tells them to watch out for the Nymph _Content Not Found: verdanna who is known to inhabit the woods along the road to Hammerfast. She has a teleportation stone that they can use to return from the Underdark.