1486 DR, 16&17th of Flamerule
The first month in Trollclaw ford passed quickly as the party reinforced a building, trained, communed with their gods and patrons and practiced their crafts. The bard Andros brought back some moral boosting and profitable hirelings to help entertain guests at The Myserious Spirit Tavern and Inn. Marigold Morning-glory honed her skills and studied the pathways to magic wanting to combine the sword with spell. She also made a tidy sum gambling with caravans curious to see who was once again setting up shop in Trollclaw Ford.
Things were going good until the night of the 16th day of Flamerule. That is the night when a horde of zombies came forth from their final resting place. Andros protected the inn while the remaining heroes dispatched the undead in an exhausting fight. Father Den, too confident of his abilities fell in the fight. His strong will and Splinters remedy helped him to fight on though.
After beating back the horde Father Den stayed awake through the night with spell and symbol in hand in case of a second wave which never came.
The next morning Father Den stayed behind to heal and protect their home and business while the rest of the party entered the ruined tower.
Entering the tower they found it had been taken over by grey ooze and rust monsters. Through careful battle they managed to slay their foes without losing their weapons and armor. A narrative unfolded as they made their way through the fallen tower. They discovered that it was the last resting place of the High Helms, the last adventuring company to successfully defend the ford, however they were lost in a magical explosion. The company eventually found the source of the Zombies, the High Helms commander had become a vengeful wight. The party was able to slay the foul creature but a letter and a locket on his body told the rest of the story.
He initially lived after the blast, driven mad by the bodies of his dead company around him, he buried them in the shallow tomb that he realized would take his life as well. He detailed that a mysterious wizard with a serpent like face attacked the tower, leveling it and killing them all. There was a second letter to his wife in Elturgard. The Valiant elven warrior Marigold took the locket and letter and tucked them away for a later time. The letter to his wife is dated 1457DR