A massive ancient tree that houses thousands of elves is beginning to slowly decay after a hooded figure was spotted pouring a magical substance on the roots a few nights ago. The elves have been unable to figure out how to save the tree and are calling on the help of anyone who can help.
A deranged tabaxi stumbles into town and begins shouting incoherently about some impending doom. The townspeople laugh at his message, but the next day a massive dark cloud begins to appear over the horizon.
An angry deity has been causing the sun to grow hotter and hotter each day and people are beginning to die from the heat.
A woman approaches the party and frantically pleads for help. She says that she managed to escape from the captivity of a necromancer who is practicing his magic on live victims, but there are more people to be saved.
One of the royal guards falls dead in front of the party and they see a tiny mechanical bug crawl out of his mouth afterwards. They watch the bug quickly scurry to the hand of a hooded figure who gives them a nod before taking off.
A strange old man approaches the party and hands them a treasure map that shows the location of a nearby treasure. Immediately after handing over the treasure map he fades into the wind without muttering a word.