Famine spread across the Skies. No grain had arrived from Plenty in six months. The heroes knew that a military expedition had left Shadowhaven for Plenty some months earlier, but there was no word of its fate. At the urging of Horludai, the group left Dragon Spine for Gateway, to seek the advice of Joseth. But in his place on the Avenue of Gods was only a fanatic acolyte, who told them Joseth had left a few weeks earlier for Plenty.
Arriving in Plenty, the group found the place overrun by maddened farmers. Joseth’s coracle stood at anchor in the harbor. In the town center were some traces of the military expedition, including one half-mad soldier (who later succumbed fully to famine madness). He reported how the expedition made an early beachhead, but then later was surrounded and decimated. The group surmised that soldiers bitten in the first conflict later came down with madness and rose to attack their sleeping fellows.
Peeling posters suggested that madness struck Plenty in the middle of an election campaign. These posters were now defaced with bloody graffiti by mad citizens proclaiming the rule of the Devourer. A complex arcane diagram was inscribed in blood on the floor of the Navigators’ Hall, which Horludai surmised to be a spell locking something away in a pocket dimension.
After surviving several waves of zombies, the heroes encountered Joseth, who led them to the temple of the Lifemother, at the crest of a steep hill. There they fought off zombie attacks while Joseth performed a ritual to re-sanctify the temple. When the temple was once more pure, the Lifemother appeared before them all, healing them and instructing them how to force open the to the pocket dimension in the Navigators’ Hall.
Armed with buckets and mops, the heroes managed to scrub the floor clean at the Navigators’ hall, forcing the masterminds of the famine to come out from their place of hiding. Vilam Gedion (brother to the late governor) and Kedrick Lifedances (apostate high priest of the Lifemother) had collaborated to hoard Plenty’s food. Their plan (to corner the market on grain while at the same time creating a food panic by artificial famine) made a certain kind of sense. But when you consider how much of the hoarded grain was eaten by their pet demon devourer, the madness of their greed becomes apparent.
But madness was catching just then in Plenty. Before the fight was over, a new fight had begun between Sam and Zmei. In seconds Horludai had challenged Sam. Then Lotlhmoq and Joseth felt obliged to intervene. By the time the dust had settled, the bond holding these heroes was in question.