It’s a gloomy afternoon in late autumn. The noontime bells are ringing in the temple as our heroes gather in the town square to undertake their solemn task. This is the first time in a few years that the quest for the Everflame has been designated as a rite of passage for the young people of Kassen. As the townsfolk slowly fill the square, the four villagers take each other’s measure.
Galvor has obviously been chosen to retrieve the Everflame because his father practically owns the town. Ezren, the nonathletic antisocial apprentice of the wizard Holgast, might have been selected for the quest out of pity. Chastity, outcast and orphan, stands on the edge of the group stroking her long scimitar. No one really understands why she’s there; she mutters something about magic. Valeros is excited to get outside town and have an adventure, and waves cheerfully at his proud family.