An Empire was brought low by the vile astrologer Magnus Magisterius, but that was only the beginning of his evil.
The power of the runes comes with a price, one the apprentice Tamford wasn’t ready to pay
The PCs are sent with a diplomat to another country to protect him and do his bidding. There may be some espionage, rescuing, downright bullying, etc. Could make a nice medieval, special operations background.