Evil Priest of Orcus
A priest of Orcus named Kalarel heads the death cult. Kalarel uncovered the truth about Shadowfell Keep a few years ago, after finding records dating back to the time of the original opening of the rift. Since then, he has been ceaselessly researching an evil ritual that he believed would allow him to shatter the seal and once more open the rift. Even as he was researching the vile rites, Kalarel continues to expand his influence. After gaining control of the keep, he placed agents in the surrounding areas. Kalarel had established dominion over a tribe of goblins that had set up a lair within the subterranean chambers beneath the keep. These creatures, led by a goblin named Balgron the Fat, guard the place ferociously, not completely out of loyalty to Kalarel but due to their own thirst for wealth and power. After his control of the keep was solidified, Kalarel dispatched a goblin named Irontooth to oversee a tribe of kobolds operating out of a lair near Winterhaven. Through his goblin agent, Kalarel has ordered the kobolds to harass and, if possible, eliminate anyone in the vicinity who had the potential to delay or thwart the priest’s plans. Kalarel also installed a spy in Winterhaven. Through the reports of this individual, Kalarel kept an eye on the activities of Winterhaven’s residents and knew when newcomers arrived.
Kalarel was defeated by our group while he was attempting to complete his ritual to open the rift. The keep on the Shadowfel is no longer under his influence, and the goblin threat has been eliminated.