The adventurers were invited to a meeing to discuss the mysterious events occuring in town. The villagers and the town council all assembled in the town hall. Once there, supernatural forces caused the lanterns inside to explode, scattering fire about the hall. As the fire spread, two undead spirits in the form of flaming skulls attacked. The group worked together to get the townsfolk to safety, extinguish the flames, and defeat the creatures. All of this went suprisingly well.
Once things had settled down, the town council knew they needed direct intervention and offered the party of adventurers a reward to travel to Harrowstone Prison and discover —and deal with— the root of their troubles.