Our story begins with the death of Gustav Platte, your father’s older brother. In this world, he was a strong and dour man, who had seen much of the world and partook in his fair share of sins. None will dare to guess what awaits him in the next world. Through the many festivities he participated in he never seemed to revel in them. His eyes held a heaviness only matched by the weight of his flail. Some joked that this heaviness suggested the man had passed through Iron Forest. And at times it was hard to say, whether they were jokes at all.
The tale begins with a death, but it will not be last before the story’s conclusion.
Gustav’s estate was divided in accordance with his will. Felsen Castle and the adjoining villages passed into your brother’s ownership. Other relatives partitioned the estate of Ludahof, the land and a fortune worth several thousand guldens. You, however, inherited just a sword and a small casket. You opened the latter to find two objects.
The one was a metal oak leaf similar in size to a real one. At first it seemed a decoration to you but you knew the difference between silver and steel. The edge pierced your hand and you wondered who would make a decoration that could wound? Curious, you scrutinized the leaf closer. The veins were were so thin, its folds and imperfections so true to life. The spots and the play of shading was unlike any engraving you had ever seen that there was no doubt in your mind that this was not made by a human hand…
The other object inside the casket was a map.
Road to Iron Forest is a side story to the main game that adds a 4-5 hour quest that takes place in Volmek, a land close to Windfield, and is the first of three planned extra content DLCs. This DLC is not something added to the main campaign but is instead selected on the main menu, you are able to choose from the game's three classes to play as, are assigned a small force, and can hire more soldiers if you wish. You start off hearing about your uncle's death, a man who had traveled through the Iron Forest, you are then sent on a brief task to rescue an old woman from some peasants who tells you that your path will lead you through the forest. After receiving a map from your uncle's will you set off to find the Iron Forest but end up attempting to repel an invasion into your land. The difficulty is higher than most of the main game. For those who enjoyed the original game this is good extra content for a reasonable price, and it allows you to begin the quest from the main menu so it won't require you to replay or have a save file in the main story.
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