Our diminutive Heroes accompany the Eladrine Captian Revad back to their small forest town where they learn that 3 weeks ago their portion of the Feywild (the plane on which the town normal resides) was pulled into the Mortal world.
While there are many places in the Feywild the sometime slip over to the mortal realm, this is not one of them and it has become trapped.
While they have almost no experience with the mysterious shadow creatures they are being threatened by some Gnoll attacks and do not have enough warriors to go searching for them. The ask the heroes to hunt them down for a modest payment (1 lvl 5 magic item and some gold).
The party decides to help out as this is the first friendly group they have encountered. The are able to chase down and catch 2 gnoll raiding parties unawares and annihilate them to the last beast. After 2 days they track down the base camp at the foot of the mountains and destroy a larger group of Gnolls including some sort of shaman and an animated fire elemental in the shape of a lizard. The Gnolls refer to “Fire god” a few times which might be this creature.
After the battle the find the lone survivor of the raids a traumatized Eladrine Youth who has seen his family killed and eaten by the Gnolls and was next to be sacrificed. They also find a rough map on some sort of skin that indicates the surrounding wilderness and seems to have the Eladrine city marked on it as well as what turns out to be a Shadow Tower along the main river. More disturbing is an additional location further south in the mountains which looks like it is the start point for an attack on the Eladrine.
Sir Bonk remarks that the symbols used on the Map are very similar to those used on human maps that he has seen when studying.