Ok, so we're still down a controller. Like I said before, I don't see controllers being as important to a group as leaders or strikers, so long as the group has some way to disable enemies and hit groups (especially in a 6-PC game, you'll want at least one at-will area attack).
I'll give everyone a chance to reply today, but if there's no objections I'll open up the OOC and character threads in the NC forums and get things rolling there.
As for the story, here's what I'm planning on to start with:
It all began with the disappearances. People vanishing, while tragic, was sadly not unheard of. There are many perils on the roads, from treacherous trails, to hordes of monsters waiting to pounce on the unwary, and even worse things. So when a caravan went missing somewhere between the towns of Evencrest and Northwold, there was little reaction. Sure, the friends and relatives of those that went misisng mourned, but aside from those that lost someone dear, the incident passed without much thought. Until a group of hikers went missing nearby a few days later. And the day after, a hunting party never returned. Several more disappearances occurred, all surrounding Northwold, and the nearby towns began an investigation. Unfortunately, the investigation was met with little success, until one day a woman, part of one of the groups that went missing, stumbled into town. She was naked, weary, almost unable to stand on her own two feet... and she was babbling incoherently. Most of what she said made no sense, but a few words - sex, temple, torture - kept being said above anything else, and it was clear she had been raped repeatedly. She was kept in one of the temples, where clerics and mages of every nature tried to cure her madness, but with no success. A few days later however, in the dead of night, there was a terrible scream. Some went to investigate, but they saw nothing that would cause such a reaction - the woman was sitting on her bed, breathing heavily... but only a second later, she looked up, rage in her eyes. She went into a blind fury, clawing and biting madly, killing two of the clerics before she could be brought down. Since then, a handful of people have been found, all suffering the same symptoms, both men and women. They are kept in chains and cuffs now, and every so often one of them screams and tries to break out of the restraints, but so far there has been no progress towards a cure. And so a call to arms has gone out, asking for any able-bodied adventurers to head to the town of Northwold, find the cause of these disappearances and end them, and find a way to cure the madness that has taken hold of those who managed to escape.