Year 39 AC
Stephan Thunderhead dies in a battle against the ogres, taking several of his trusted advisors with him. His oldest son, Tharion, is only 13 and Stephan's mother, Sarah, becomes regent. Stephan's advisors that are left also serve as a council, but they want some outside protection since they are concerned that others may try to kill Tharion and take Karoon for themselves. Mercenaries and men at arms are in great need. Caravans are also looking for mercenaries to help protect against bandits, since they appear in droves with Stephan killed and all the confusions about who will end up on top.