Once in Sloeford, you can see a soldier guarding the bridge across Torreya Brook. It's not surprising to see a soldier there, since the last days were worrisome ones for the elven country of Tyr Lysia. Now when there are Kobolds and Bandits everywhere, you can see a soldier near every town entrance. But this soldier looks quite anxious, so it won't hurt to talk to him and to know what his problem is.
What a strange soldier! How could the Gods stop protecting you and why should they do so? Puzzled with his words as you are, you continue your way towards the new adventure.