While the party was carrying out lord tenderborn’s request for information in the port city of summerset, they returned to find emberfast besieged by the undead and shadowed beneath the canopy of a giant tree that blotted out the heavens. while most of the city lay abandoned, they managed to push their way to cruxwanes, before continuing to the front line; a lose fortification along the banks side of the talos. it was there they encountered gregor ashkeg and lord tenderborn commanding a hodgepodge of forces consisting of dawnlight paladin, emberwatch and militia. it would also seem that your employer, octavius scuttlebutt was managing supply lines from the float to front. almost as soon as you arrived and were being briefed on the situation, a mighty hydra erupted from the riverbed and began to lay waste to fishing schooners and trade galleons alike. as the murky waters drained into the cavity, chaos broke across the float. lord tenderborn was forced to turn his attention to the city, but not before stating the hard fact that this was battle of attrition. without any forward movement, it was merely a matter of time before the city was overrun. saddened by the probable margin of failure, he commanded you to venture into the darkness that seeped from below the tree and to succeed, where his scouts could not.