From the Diary of Dantoor IV, wizard scribe of Drakengaard
"...and when we got to the site, it was a simple matter of purging the small lizardkin known as kobolds and loot any treasure they might have had. we inspected the grounds, a ruin of a manorhouse, and also found a cellar underneath that housed quite a few small passages and rooms. apparently this was also the den of smugglers, as it is near the Hansfeldt river and there is a small stream leading to it. I shall detail the caves more later, as detailing the ruins up top demand more of my time at present.
The warrior, Allan, came up with an idea that holds merit. 'Why don't we try to rebuild this area. we could hire some dwarves from the town, use the existing foundation, carve out a few more rooms downstairs in the cellar, and add a second floor. it's a reasonably defensible area, and there is a river nearby with a perfect secret exit should we get attacked and be forced to retreat. We could do most of the cleanup and repairs ourselves, with your stone shaping magic.' (he pointed to me at this point and i was loath to tell him that my capabilities were not at the height he thought they were. hopefully i could get better the more adventures we went on.)
the rest of the party agreed and we set about clearing the area inside the walls. we had enough hard coin that we could hire some masons and stone workers. the nearest town, Shrewsbury, would have enough of both to start the process. perhaps in time we would have a fine home. tomorrow i shall start detailing the cellars below. this will be an exciting project for us all, and should bring all of us together to one common purpose, thus forging our freindships ever more powerully. more later."