The Peacekeepers do battle with the foulspawn that guard the portal leading back to Creation. After they dispatch the aberrant creatures, Anika opens the arcane door that separates them from the portal and they all leap in and land…
... in a blizzard upon an arctic wasteland. For the next several days, the group trudge through snow, making their way slowing towards a range of mountains, hoping to find enough shelter in which to perform the Linked Portal ritual that will get them back to their home in Fallcrest. After a week or so of travel, they finally make it to the mounains and find enough shelter to allow the ritual to be performed. They step into the portal, but instead of being whisked away to their tower in Fallcrest, they appear in another chamber that is unfamiliar. The chamber contains various statues of knights and wizards and one man stands within. He calls himself Obanar he welcomes the PCs to Argent, the City of Champions.
Obanar invites the Peacekeepers to a more hospitable chamber and offers them food, drink and a fire to warm themselves by. The group enter the chamber and as they are fed, they ask Obanar what Argent is and why they are there instead of their tower.
Obanar tells them that Argent is a city founded at the end of the Dawn War, it’s purpose to protect Creation from the forces of darkness and to forever contain the threat of the Primordials imprisoned by the gods. He gives the Peacekeepers an account of Argent’s history and how champions from all over Creation came to serve and protect. He tells of the decline of Argent with the advent of the Empire of Nerath. The security brought about by the empire resulted in fewer and fewer champions coming to Argent to serve. Obanar claims to be the last champion, having served well over 1,000 years. When asked how he has come to live so long, the old man states that Argent sustains him as long as he serves her.
Obanar tells the Peacekeepers that they were brought to Argent by an ally of his, named Kaine, who has been seeking champions worthy of serving Argent. It is likely that he tampered with the Peacekeeper’s teleportation circle, which diverted them to Argent. Obanar says that they are free to go at any time, but he asks that they consider his offer to serve Argent. He tells the Peacekeepers that Creation is threatened by an ancient enemy named Necreus, an agent of the Entropy that threatens to destroy all order in the multiverse. Necreus was defeated in the War of Darkness a millennia ago, but his defeat was temporary and cost the life of the demigod named Sola. Necreus has been inert within his Obsidian Spire all of this time, but has now awakened and seeks to pick up where he left off. Obanar says that Necreus is still unable to leave the Obsidian Spire, but he has enough power to exert his influence beyond it. He has agents wandering the world, doing his evil bidding.
One of those agents is a lich called Malak the Vile. This lich has brought together the various tribes of giants and united them under his control. This army has already laid siege to the capital of the Kingdom of Raknar (which Fallcrest owes fealty to) and has sights set upon Argent. Obanar claims that it is likely that Malak seeks to destroy Argent so that he may free the Primordials trapped by the magic that Argent possesses. This cannot be allowed.
The Peacekeepers ask how they would help and Obanar says that, if they take up the Silver Cloaks and serve Argent as her champions, they would find a way to defeat Malak and destroy his influence upon the giants before they can destroy Argent.
Obanar tells the Peacekeepers to rest and consider his offer and that they will speak more of this in the morning. He bids them a good night and leaves them to his servant, the minotaur named Rrowthar, to show them to their rooms. Rrowthar does so and the Peackeepers sleep until morning, when they awakened by an alarm that sounds out across Argent. Rrowthar comes to them and says the city is under attack and they are needed…