Four members of an evil warlord’s army are sent on a strange mission in a hostile region, carrying a mysterious amulet. The mission takes an unexpected turn when they learn they will be killed if they return home, but that they might be the fulfillers of a prophecy to be the ancient Dread Lord reborn. The four would-be Dread Lords are:
- Artemis, a drill instructor and fencing master, quick and nimble.
- Bromus, a wizard and clever strategist.
- Celmar, a wild brawler who kills with brute strength and sharp spikes.
- Dr. Drek, an old and slightly infirm doctor.
The group found a book of codes and ciphers that seemed to be left by the Dread Lord and which, when deciphered, seemed to be a guide to the prophecy. Following clues in the book, the group has discovered the ruin of the Dread Lord’s fortress Ezedrun.