I was reading the adventure ideas section of the page and I thought I would send one of my favorite adventures for begging characters. Okay, so the characters grew up around each other in a small farming village. They have known each other all their lives. Make one of the characters the son/daughter of the town leader. Anyway, an evil army is slowly creeping over the land, destroying and burning cities etc., slowly moving from the north. One day, a maimed and bloody hunter returns to the village after a weekend trip and states that the rest of his friends were killed by the army (the army could be any evil race, or a bunch of races) and they are within 3 days march of the town. The town leader summons his/her son/daughter and tells him/her to head south with the other characters to reach another town and bring back the militia while the village tries to hold off the army. The DM could put anything between the characters and the town, and make anything happen to the village while the PC's are gone.