Before they were heroes, they were beta-testers. The prologue to our campaign was originally a side-game to test the newly-release 13th Age playtest editions in the "Let's Play Dungeons and Dragons" thread on SomethingAwful.
On the edge of the mighty Elven Woods lies Boltstrike Pillar, a font of powerful lightning magic. A plucky band arrives and are recruited to clear out an infestation of nefarious goblins in the ruins to the north. They have been inseparable and insufferable ever since.