Game session date: 2 November 2013
Campaign Date: 21 Flamerule – 24 Flamerule 1357 DR
On the 21st of Flamerule, Thorkil spent much of the day making fliers advertising his services as an adventuring wizard and then distributing them throughout town. While he is doing that, Elena went around to a few shops with some leather she had tanned or turned into rawhide, trying to sell them.
Elena finds out from Tobin, at Tobin’s General Store, that a caravan from the south brought word last night of the bandit Sender Three-fingers having struck again to the south near Bowshot. Elena recalls that there is a 300 gp bounty on Sender’s head.
While later visiting with Derval Ironeater, Elena learns that the bandit Jocko the Sly is also active again, and that some believe Jocko has a spy or mole in Daggerford, and that Sender even works for Jocko. There is a 500 gp bounty on Jocko’s head.
After learning all this, Elena seeks out Thorkil, finding him just coming out of the Lady Luck Tavern. After a brief discussion, they decide to find their other two friends – Lyssa and – and convince them that all four should go after Sender and/or Jocko. An hour later all four meet back at the tavern to discuss their plan, and decide to purchase a wagon and some trade goods and pose as merchants, head south and try to lure the bandits out or at least learn more about them. By the time their planning and purchasing is done, the sun is setting so they head off to sleep and plan to head out the next morning.
Shortly after sunrise on the 22nd, the four head out, with Jeph and Elena riding horses and Lyssa and Thorkil on the wagon. Around noon they arrive in the hamlet of Gillian’s Hill and stop at The Tavern, where the owner, Jesup, recognizes Elena and strikes up a conversation with her. Most of his news is stuff they have already heard, but he does tell them that goblins have recently been seen just outside the Misty Forest. After lunch, they continue south.
Between Gillian’s Hill and Liam’s Hold Elena encounters a party of hunters tracking wild boar, and they tell her that they saw a mixed party of orcs and goblins the night before near the Misty Forest. A few hours later the four of them reach the hamlet of Liam’s Hold and procure rooms at the Holdfast Inn.
The inn is quite busy as there is a caravan camped outside town and several travelers passing through. Thorkil speaks at length with the caravan master of the caravan – headed from Baldur’s Gate to Waterdeep – but ultimately learns nothing new of the rumors they are following. Elena tries talking with a group of adventurers but they are reluctant to give up much information about themselves, though they do confess to possibly stirring up the orcs and goblins. Jeph gets into a dicing game with some ruffians, and Elena joins in for a while as well. Lyssa disappears and is later seen in the company of a couple of human mercenaries or adventurers. Thorkil heads to his room to scribe a scroll and Elena overhears Jeph and one of the ruffians in an argument. She goes to see if Jeph needs help and finds that Jeph was using his skills to turn the tables on the four cheaters, and won most of their gold. Not wanting to take on skilled adventurers, the ruffians grab their gear and leave.
The next morning, the 23rd of Flamerule, Lyssa does not show up for breakfast, and Elena and Thorkil spot the men she was with the night before. The men inform Elena that Lyssa is still asleep in their room. Elena manages to roust Lyssa from bed and get her to the breakfast table and on the road not much later than was originally planned.
The day is mostly uneventful, with some random travelers on the road, and the four of them arrive at one of several designated campsites along the road and stop for the night. During Elena’s watch, she hears an odd sound nearby and goes to investigate. She finds a small pile of orc and goblin bodies – freshly slain and with arrows bearing the fletching of the local wood elves riddling their bodies. She loots the bodies and returns to camp.
The next day, the 24th of Flamerule, the party continues on to Bowshot. This day is Lyssa’s birthday, and she laments not being back in Daggerford to celebrate properly. Not far from Bowshot, Elena – scouting ahead as usual – finds bandits crawling over a cart, with a dead body on the road. She sneaks back to her companions but by the time they get back to the cart, the bandits are fleeing into the distance with anything they can easily carry. They take the cart and body and head on to Bowshot, where they present themselves to Lord Bogdan – a landed knight owing fealty to Duke Pwyll of Daggerford – and he asks the four companions to go after the bandits.
Returning to the spot where the bandits attacked the cart, Elena picks up the trail of the bandits and follows them into the Misty Forest and to a cave in a hill. There is a brief battle and five bandits are killed, but three of them – including Sender – escape. During his escape, Sender throws a red gem at the party, which shatters and unleashes a fire elemental. Luckily, Thorkil had prepared a spell that created rain showers and used it effectively against the elemental, and the party prevailed, though Jeph was burned badly.
Elena took Jeph back to town for healing and to report to Lord Bogdan, while Thorkil and Lyssa examined the cave. They found several thousand gold pieces worth of stolen trade goods, most of it still in crates, barrels, or bales bearing the brands or seals of various trading outfits. Some, though, was not marked and ownership would be impossible to determine. Thorkil also found a chest with several letters from Jocko the Sly, confirming that Sender did work for Jocko. One of the letters also indicated that the bandits may have a new ally – a lizardman named Ssesskar.
END OF SESSION