Bullhammer the Dwarf woke up in the bar when a punk thief tried to steal his mace. Bullhammer tried punching the thief, but was too hungover to make a connection. The thief panicked and ran into some furniture, then made his way to the door. Bullhammer realized his gold was missing and he got mad. Once he caught up with the thief, Bullhammer struck a mighty blow and the thief’s chest was caved in. Nobody in the bar wanted anything to do with an enraged dwarf, but the Bartender, Bob, finally walked over with an axe in his hand and asked Bullhammer what the trouble was. Bullhammer demanded to know who stole the gold. Bob explained that a local ruffian name Karl had been hanging out around Bullhammer’s table and, on a separate note, that the rest of Bullhammer’s party had left early that day.
Bullhammer decided to hunt down the thieves, who had left the bar just about a half hour prior. He stepped out into the early night and went in search of Karl’s shack. It was easy to find the old shacks on the southern fringe of town. As soon as Bullhammer approached a group of shacks a couple shady characters ducked inside. Bullhammer scouted out the shack and blocked the back exit with a crate. He then went around to the front door and pounded on the door, demanding that the thieves give back his gold. A single nervous voice answered saying that he didn’t know what the dwarf was talking about. The man inside asked Bullhammer to leave. Bullhammer asked the man how many people were there, and the man said he was alone. Bullhammer had had enough and decided to bash down the door. He crashed into a small shack and was set on by four thieves. Unfortunately, Bullhammer seemed to have trouble hitting the stealthy fellows, and he was brought to the ground bleeding, but not before he had killed one of the thieves. The thieves’ leader, who turned out to be Karl, stabbed Bullhammer through the heart and that was the end of the dwarf….or was it?
Bullhammer awoke in a ditch in the fields behind the shacks. He wasn’t quite sure how he got there or why he was able to wake up, but he did notice that all of his gear, except his underwear, had been stripped off. He hurt like hell, but seemed to be in one piece. It was early morning and Bullhammer decided to go to the shop and see if Gregor could help him out. He stopped at Karl’s shack to see if there was any chance of recovering his belongings. Luckily, the thieves had partied hard with their earnings, and Karl was passed out on a table and snoring loudly. Since nobody seemed to be stirring, Bullhammer walked back in and grabbed Karl’s sword. He held it up to Karl’s throat and yelled at the thieves to wake up, but only one thief seemed able to wake up. This thief couldn’t believe his eyes and yelled, “We killed you! I saw Karl put his sword through your chest!” Bullhammer yelled angrily, “I am indestructible!” and the thief fled in terror. Bullhammer managed to recover all of his gear and some of his money. He took a note off of Karl’s still unconscious body. The note was in cryptic common. The best Bullhammer could figure was that Karl worked for some boss and was supposed to report back to the boss soon. Not sure what he was getting into, Bullhammer decided to leave Karl alone and he marched back to the tavern.
Bob’s wife was opening up the tavern and offered to get Bullhammer breakfast, since the Gregor didn’t open the general store until 9a.m. Bullhammer ate and then visited Gregor. He asked about the party’s whereabouts and Gregor surmised that the party was going to meet back at Marvin’s Tower. Gregor also explained that thieves tended to come and go in the town, but it was well known that Karl had a small band of hoodlums and that he probably worked for a bigger boss. Gregor told Bullhammer to visit the local constable if he wanted to get paid to chase down the thieves. Gregor also told Bullhammer that people occasionally told Gregor about tasks that needed doing and Gregor would hire adventurers to complete these tasks. Gregor told Bullhammer about Bob’s quest for the recipes of a famous brewmaster. He also suggested that Bullhammer come back to visit if he ever wanted this job or any other extra work.
Bullhammer borrowed some paper and wrote a threatening note to Karl, which he hand delivered. Karl was still passed out on the table, so Bullhammer slipped the note under Karl’s head and left. He gathered up his gear and his goats and he walked back to Marvin’s tower. Once there he realized the party had left without him. He followed their trail north for a day.