Although each of the young adventurers arrived in the town of Vew separately, they are staying together at a place called the Green Griffyn Inn. Vew is a frontier town and considered the western edge of civilization. Frandor’s Keep is about forty miles from where you are now: three or four days away, depending on weather. They group has each burned through much of their original stake of silver pieces equipping themselves and getting to Vew. The trip has been uneventful and the party has seen no action yet (in fact, none of them has ever really been in anything approaching a fight for their lives before). It is late autumn and getting cold in the mountains. There is a light snowfall outside. Aside from the innkeeper, Turvolk, his wife, Rowena and daughter, Kala, the four adventurers are the only people staying at the Green Griffyn (others from around the countryside stopped by in the evening for the tavern libations and music but then departed).
At about an hour to midnight, the party was getting ready to retire for the evening, they felt a sudden lurch as the Green Griffyn Inn seemed to be shifting on its foundations. In a moment, the floor of the Inn collapsed, taking everyone in the room down with it! Miraculously, aside from some scrapes and bruises, the party escaped serious harm. Unfortunately, the innkeeper Turvolk was badly wounded and getting back up from the sinkhole back to the surface seems impossible. As torches are lit and they began assessing thier options, the source of the trouble is seen: a series of freshly-dug mining tunnels under the Inn sapped the foundations and caused the Inn to collapse. Whether this was intentional or not was unclear. Human(?) footprints indicate that the tunnel system is used frequently and discarded mining equipment is strewn about. Rowena and Kala are terrified and Turvolk is bleeding and unconscious. It is very cold and damp here and there is a breeze that causes torchlight to flicker. There is the faint sound of raspy voices and mocking laughter, barely audible in the distance….