A few weeks ago I started to run the "Sons of Gruumish" adventure for WoTC.
See it here.
I like what I see so far. I have added a few things to the adventure to make it fit my party a little better.
My PCs are:
Royo: Halfling Rogue 3
Elias: Gold Dwarf Fighter 3
Pezula: Gold Dwarf Cleric 3
NPCs in their party
Zoloft Shaker: Half Orc Barbarian 1/Ranger 3
Goldmoon Blackburn Human Sorceress 4
The adventure starts in Suzail with a scroll delivered to Pez. The scroll is from his "uncle" Dorn Crownshield, who is currently living in the town of Melvaunt in the Moonsea. He askes Pez and his brother to join him in Melvaunt for adventures in the Thar. However, the note took an incredible amount of time to get to Pez, and unknow to Pez Dorn his found some others to adventure with him.
Royo and Zoloft Shaker head to the seedy part of Suzail, the docks ran by the Kao-Toa Pirate Lomar. Lomar was not there, but Royo deed meet with a guild master telling him to bring a Wyvern stinger to him and they will take about Royo's future in the guild.
Elias is being healed in the temple of Mordin. He has been secretly feeding the dragon, he stashed in the temple basement.
The team hired a sorceress by the name of Goldmoon. She has little to say but is more than willing to accept her cut of the loot.
Pez, Royo, Zoloft, and Goldmoon come up with a plan to get the dragon from the temple basement into the woods. Shortly after Pez receives another message this time by a wizard by the name of Cavallas asking Pez to bring the dragon to Melvaunt to sell it to him.
Elias heals, Goldmoon gets seduced, and Royo makes snoof-snoof.
The groups coughs up some gold for a portal to Melvuant, but owes a wizards guild a future favor.
The adventures arrive just outside of Melvuant and are met by several drunkards wandering the streets looking for Oreal Nanther. However, the companions are more concerend with filling their pockets then helping a unknown noble they make haste towards the Crows Nest where they are greeted by the bars owner, Pultary Crow.
He tells them he has not seen Dorn is days but knows he had recently found a group of young adventures looking for a mentor. If Dorn is around town he spends most of his time at the Frothy Beard, a dwarven bar. Also, the wizard you seek is renting a room at the Crows Nest.
Royo, Pez, and Elias meet up with Malachi, the Wizard Cavallas' apprentice, where he tells them he seeks what you have and offers you a very good fee for the dragon. Royo stays behind as Pez and Elias go and retrieve the dragon to show good face. The wizard, who does not speak good common asks Royo through his apprentice Malachi if he uses the art
Royo explains he knows of very little of the art, but admires it. Malachi tells him he is from a place called Ridgecrest, a island off the coast of Faerun. He studied under an Wizard named Alamozes, but he was unable to help Malachi reach his full potential and that is where he met Cavallas, and despite the fact he is a dark elf, he is just misunderstood.
Later on the group travels to another local bar, the Frothy Beard. The guard will not allow Zoloft in to the bar due to her Orc heritage.
The party meets the bartender named Hraf, a dwarf missing his left eye and left foot. He talks with Pez about his uncle and his recent claims of owning a treasure map that leads to a treasure hidden below the Orc ruins two days north of Melvuant.
Royo and Elias get roped into playing cards with a couple of shady dwarfs. The gods seem to be on the side of the adventures till all the sudden some who the dwarfs seem to win a hand of cards and the friends lose a good chunk of gold.
While the adventures drink warm ale and sulk after loosing at cards they over hear that a local ruler named Lord Nanther is looking for his missing son and is willing to pay 1000pp to who ever returns him. Never missing a chance to make some money Elias suggest since you are in Melvuant already and Dorn is no where to be found why pass up a chance to make some plat.
The companions meet with Lord Nanther on a cold and rainy night in his large manor. Nanther explains his son Oreal is a good boy, a grown man in a matter of fact, but is too trusting and naive. He believes his arch nemesis Lord Leiyraghon, or Leghorn as the drunkards call him, has something to do with Oreal's disappearance. He also tells you the other noble scions of Melvaunt are missing as well, all except young master Natali.
You meet with Vance Bruil, another local leader who has a missing son and tells you pretty much the same thing as Nanther. A chamber maid working for Bruil tells you that his grandson Argens has undergone Paladin training and has been leaving home one a month for roughly a week and each time returns with injuries and blood stains on his clothes.
You attempt to meet up with Leghorn, but he refuses to speak with you.
After exploring town a wee bit you find out that Old Tom was selling maps of a treasure hidden in the Orc ruins in Thar. However, Old Tom left town and abanonded his store.
Also, you found the other missing youths are named:
Argens Bruil: Ranger
Kalman Leiyraghon (Leghorn) Pally
Elaint Marsk Cleric
Kara Calaudra. Sorceress with a raven familiar.
Putting two and two together you figure out that Dorn had been sneaking around with the missing youths as of recently and they were the group of adventures seeking a mentor. However, they did not tell their families due to bitterness between their fathers.
Deciding on looking for Dorn who hasnt been heard from in some time, you head into the Thar looking for him.
However on your way out of town 5 thugs jump you. However two Gold Dwarves help you fend them off and tell you they are hired goons from the house of Leiygaghon.
After a short time in the Thar you realize why no man lives their as you come across two vicious Mt. Orcs fishing. Battle breaks out, but the loud noises awaken a Ogre Zombie and he joins in on the Melee.
A fierce battle breaks out resulting in the loss of life of Zoloft Shaker the half-Orc barbarian ranger. Almost everyone in the party was injured pretty badly cause the friend to retreat back into Melvaunt with their tails between their legs.
House of Nanther
House of Leghorn
House of Bruil
House of Calaudra
House of Marsk
Oreal Nanther: father will pay you 1000 pp if you find and return him
Argen Bruil: missing
Kalaman Leiyraghon: missing
Elaint Marsk: missing
Kara Calaudra: missing
Dorn Crownshield.: "uncle" of Pez and Elias also missing
Malachi and Cavallas: two wizard who you suspect are up to no good, however have no reason to distrust them at this point. (Give it 60 years)
Hraf: disfigured bartender that started it all
Zoloft Shaker:Snoof Snoofer. RIP.
Melvaunt: city you are in.
Moonsea: Country you are in
Thar: The Great Gray Land, full of savage beasts and ruins of old Orc Kingdoms. Recent Orc activity has increased in Thar.
Glister; The only human settlement in Thar.
figure out what and who is in the Orc Ruins 2 days north of Melvaunt.
Find a replacement for your dead party member.