A mute elven archer known only as Killer. Azyrin, a half Winter-orc shaman and his human swordswoman bride, Makha. Drake, the charming rogue. The pixie-goblin, Rahiel, and her mini-unicorn, Bill. These are the Gryphonpike Companions.
Arriving in Strongwater Barrow, the Companions find the town riddled with plague and death. Ending the curse and saving the survivors means going into the swamps.