On the 27th of Kiriel, we find our heroes bloodied and distraught, standing in the forest of Lînn Woeld. Having had their Bag of Holding taken by Kulaf, Karadel’s lieutenant, in an ambush gone awry, the party decided that they needed to regroup, and headed for Ufah’s farm. Arriving at the house, the Goliath and his relatives did not appear to be present, and so the band decided to head back to Fisher’s Way.
Heading into Shanties Town from the northeast, the players bumped into an unexpected acquaintance en route. Karadel the Vile himself, having recently acquired a fresh corpse, recognized Pelaios as someone who had suffered on his account. As recompense, he gave the bard a bloodred gold piece, as recompense for any injury he may have been caused, and bid the party farewell as he vanished in a flash of smoke and brimstone.
Heading to The Speared Stout, Krov informed Joz as to their difficulties while Durkax made conversation with Sheate and Split, a pair of Kenku patrons. Trading Sheate a glass of ale for some information regarding the local crafts, the Kenku gave mention to two other sources of information besides himself in town: Gust, familiar to the players, and a figure known only by the name of Crowley.
The next day, the party was asked by Joz for a favor, in exchange for a reduction of their by now quite expansive tab. The favor involved heading into the Haedensturm, towards a blacksmiths known as The Armored Toad, in order to acquire some raw materials for his niece Dylx’s endeavours.
Heading into the city, the party were briefly searched and questioned at one of the Sturmwall gates before entering the temple district, at which point Durkax seized a local priest of Kossuth in order to ask for directions. Making their way to their destination, the party had a brief conversation with Clang, the Kenku owner, befor being given some free time while the shipment was connected by Jade, a large blackfurred Tabaxi.
Krov remained at the forge while Mattimeo went to find a local alchemist. Meanwhile, Durkax and Pelaios headed out in search of a map of the city. Mattimeo managed to find an establishment named The Boiled Ettin, an alchemy shop staffed seemingly by a single person,;Old Lady Crick, in the midst of some commissioned draught.
Elsewhere, Pelaios was informed by one of the librarians at The Thinking Advisor Writings that he could either rent one of their maps, or bring a scribe or cartographer of his own in order to make a copy. At the same time, Durkax was caught trying to carve some sort of arcane circle into one of the bookshelves, and the duo were swiftly asked to leave.
After their time of leisure, the party delivered the shipment to Dylx, had a spot of lunch, and made some conversation with the newly arrived Clizdis Wilddelver. who mentioned that the war camps within the forest had seemingly disappeared.
Wishing to investigate, in addition to giving Kulaf the payback he so richly deserved, the party headed for the edge of Lînn Woeld to watch for any goblinoid activity. After spending the better part of two days at the edge of a farmers field with the rain pouring on their heads, the band decided to head deeper into the woods.
During the first watch in the night, their campsite was visited by an inquisitive owlbear which seemed interested in their campfire. Combat was had with the large beast, with Pelaios gaining the killing blow and granting the party their first taste of victory in quite a while. Bloodied in the woods, but this time with the lingering smell of victory around them, is where we leave our heroes during the night of the 29th of Kiriel, Beyond the horizon.