Received charter to explore and map the northern section of the Greenbelt area of The Stolen Lands from the Swordlords of Restov.
Left Restov for Oleg's Trading Post in the Greenbelt area of The Stolen Lands. Traveled with a merchant named Xenos Tobler.
Arrived at Oleg's Trading Post. Learned about the bandits “collecting taxes” from Oleg, and that they stole Svetlana's wedding ring. Read postings about Bandits, Tatzlwyrms, Tuskgutter, and Kobolds.
Set up from Oleg's to speak with Bokken, an “eccentric” hermit herbalist. He tells the group about the mites, and Old Sycamore, and asks them to bring him some fangberries. After traveling on from Bokken's, the party rests for the night and is attacked by mites and giant centipedes.
Continue traveling towards the mites.
Early in the day, Ilya Shukov receives a vision from Iomedae and announces he must leave at once for Mendev. He rides off. The group arrives late in the day at the mite lair located underneath the Old Sycamore. A large fight occurs here. Tam Hale is killed. Donk, Dra Tae'shak, Kthonos Shrikestone, Mikmek, Nerik, Sulna Koll, and Sunny join the group, some temporarily.
Morning: Angus Skulkheim, Constance Superne, Dra Tae'shak, Erian, Gaelen, and Kthonos leave the group, heading for Oleg's. The remaining group heads south for the Sootscale kobolds to deliver Mikmek and the idol.
Early-afternoon: The group is assaulted by some archers, and a large wolf is spotted, but it leaves. Emerys Bogwhistle joins the group, a human boy in his early teens pressganged into banditry.
Late Afternoon/Early Evening: The group arrives at the Sootscale caverns, leaving their horses with Caelin and Donk a short walk away. Words are exchanged. The idol ends up broken. Chief Sootscale is actually a pretty cool little dude, until Donk arrives. Donk's arrival shuts down communication. Chief Sootscale returns to the caverns with Mikmek. K'tzhang “Healing Scales” joins the party. When the group returns to where they left Caelin and the horses, they see them all gone, apparently having been stolen by Caelin. Caelin O'hern has leaft the party.
The party goes looking for some water to the bathe in, and find a nude half-drow. Belros Bellephor joins the party. As they are finishing gathering up their things in camp, Emerys freaks out over something under his feet. Everyone looks and sees a small “bump”, that shrinks down shortly after Emerys yells about it. The group continues on after Caelin.
Mid-to-late Afternoon: The party comes over a hill, and sees a valley where two rivers merge to the south, with a bridge crossing the spot where they merge. Across the valley, Sulna noticed a group of horses, with a rider on the back of one. Donk runs off after them, not understanding the distance issue. The group catches up to find Donk in the middle of the river, in the process of nearly drowning. Sunny jumps in and eventually manages to get him to the riverbank with the help of those still on shore, with a snake-like thing attached to his leg. A fight happens, with the creature being killed. Emerys is knocked out during the fight, and awakens with an overpowering urge to get to Oleg's. He runs off and the others follow him.
Early Morning: The party is attacked. Three bandits die in the fight, two are captured. One is repentant, the other is executed by Polson and Nerik. The surviving bandit is a poor family man named Milosh, who turned to banditry as a way to provide for his family, who believes he is a merchant. The group decides to let Milosh work off his debt to society. Milosh joins the group.
Day: The group heads for Oleg's Trading Post.
Night: The group camps about a 6 miles east of the Thorn River. Nothing of note aside from the sounds of something small fluttering around outside the light of the campfire.
The group continues on towards Oleg's.
The group continues on towards Oleg's.
The group continues on towards Oleg's. Late in the morning, the group arrives at Oleg's. They meet Kesten Garess and his men. Angus, Constance, Dra, Erian, and Gaelen offer to explore the Greenbelt region so Polson and the rest of the group can focus on dealing with more important issues.
Xenos Tobler returns to Oleg's as the group is about to leave. Negotiations occur, and the group has new horses, owing Oleg for them on credit, with a 1% compounding monthly interest, but no interest for the first month. The group heads out along the road to Restov. They camp the night off the side of the road.
21 and 22 Pharast
The group travels due south from the road, strangely encountering nobody and nothing of note.
The party finally arrives at Milosh's farm, finding it burnt out ruins. His wife is a fresh corpse, and there is no sign of his children. They find tracks leading to the WSW and hurry to find the children. They are attacked that night by an owlbear just before making camp.
The group wakes at the first sign of dawn and sets out after the kidnappers again. A little after noon, the group finds the kidnappers have split ranks, part continuing WSW, the rest going WNW. They follow the WNW group. Late in the day, they group comes along a giant whiptail centipede. Donk befriends it and now has a mount of his own.
The party continues after the kidnappers.
As the group is getting ready to pack up camp, they are attacked by two massive wolves and a beastman of some kind. A bloody fight is followed by reviving unconscious party members. Instead of pursuing the kidnappers, they decide to rest up a day as the three attackers took nearly everything the party could dish out. Emerys falls unconscious. The group investigates. K'tzhang gets zapped back 20 ft. while checking Emerys. Eventually, Polson is contacted by “something” that tells him to leave something sweet, and then they'll heal Emerys. Wind blows leaves to cover the boy, and then blow away and the boy is gone. Emerys leaves the group.
The group sets out to find the kidnappers. They find a bandit camp in a small bend on the Thorn River, which is mostly just a small creek at this point. A massive fight happens. Caelin and an elf with Belros' gear join the fight part way through, fighting on the side of the bandits. All but three bandits end up dead. One is Deacon, one is Rogors, the third's name isn't known by Deacon. Deacon gives them as much info about the Stag Lord and his fort as he knows, which isn't much more than it's an old fort to the south, near a lake.
The group set out for Oleg's to drop off the prisoners with for Kesten to deal with. They camp the night just inside the edge of the Narlmarches.
The group reaches Oleg's at midday, deliver the news of the scene at Milosh's farm. He tries to kill himself, but Sunny and Nerik are able to stop him. Kesten and his men deal with two of the bandits, letting Deacon live for the time.