Godsday the 4th of Planting, 13DF.
“It’s Amalia!!” informs Sparkle Gem. The rest of us not knowing it was her. After all, talk doesn’t come with a picture. Nor did the notices on the bulletin board.
Amalia speaks harshly, asking us why we’ve come and why we’ve undone her works. The group informs her that they heard scratching in the mine and went to investigate. Finding undead to slay.
This seems to please Amalia, as the unnatural causes her disdain. Yet, it was she who encased the miners for their destruction to the wilds, effectively turning them into the undead the group had recently slain.
She informed the group that holes in the ground are unacceptable. But after a line of sarcastic questioning by Kirkwell, they all agreed that graves were ok.
The lady of the wood seemed appeased enough to leave the band with their lives intact. And even warned them of a group of bandits that had been following them and was nearby, just across the river. She vanished…
The group heard the splashes of what sounded like one person crossing the river. The group hid and made plans for an impending attack.
As the bandit approaches, sword drawn, Rorik appears behind him: blade pressed to back. After a tense moment of “you kill me, I kill you” the bandit dropped his blade, which Rorik collected after sheathing his blade. Apparently, Bandit Brad was just hungry, as were the rest of his men.
They were all invited to the fire and Kirkwell gave them (6 in total) some rations as he “smoked” his bubble pipe.
They were once part of the “Red Brand” said Bandit Brad. But things had changed for them in Wende. Their once simple gang of mostly racketeering had become something all together wrong.
They all ate ravenously at the meagre meal provided them; they had had nothing but mushrooms for so long (Amalia has disallowed the hunting of game).
Utilizing her endowments, Aurora gathers copious amounts of information from Brad. All about Wende’s past history, this Glass Staff person that has made the Red Brand into a gang of murderers and rapists, etc…
While they discuss, Kirkwell slips a gold piece into the pocket of each “bandit” undetected. This was greatly aided by the attractive nature of Aurora’s “personalities.”
At long last, they part ways, the once-Red Brands unsure of where to go. Some suggestions are thrown out and they leave.
Back on the road to Wende the party comes across a couple of dead horses.
Some Goblins attack and are put down effortlessly. At this point (was it Aurora or Sparkle Gem? Maybe Misha?) evidence of someone being dragged off the road is found. Most likely an Opalbelly (or so thinks the party).
They follow the trail as the wilds seem to grow dense and handsy. The path narrows and shortly our party is traveling single file. Edward in the front, encounters a pitfall but manages not to fall in. A close call!
The group then decides to act more tactfully, looking for traps and staying as far off the actual trail as they can.
The group manages to disarm (was it one for trap? The 2 smashing logs? Or wait, weren’t some bolts shot at us too? Did Misha notice that one?) all the traps heading to a clearing.
The clearing lead to the river which included a splendid waterfall. Unsure of what lies across the river, Sparkle Gem and Kirkwell cross the clearing, neither seeing signs of threat from the other side. Sadly, they were mistaken. But, luckily the others spotted 3 unsuspecting goblin guards in the boughs of the trees across the river.
With deadly accuracy, communal effort by our band, they bested the goblinoid fools. Then came the looting, which of course, wasn’t much (Goblins and all that).
Inspecting the area, there appears to be a cavern mouth by the falls. Is this where the poor soul has been taken?