Lost in the Woods

Gnolls!
Investigating Guldenberg and its surroundings

Having finished a previous adventure and returning to their base near Mount Thulbane, Content Not Found: pethorn_, Content Not Found: molly-ann_, Content Not Found: someone, and Content Not Found: ilaikacarma decided they needed to head in to town in Mordulkin to meet with some acquaintances and stock up on some essentials.

Mordulkin

Upon arriving in Mordulkin, they visit with Eowald, a museum historian who wishes to acquire documentation from the war between Chessenta and Unther in the nearby village of Guldenberg near the Riders to the Sky Mountains. He is looking for dead soldiers’ journals, strategic maps, and personal interviews if possible. He is willing to pay 500 gold per person who is willing to go and find this information.

Guldenberg and the Gnolls

Upon arriving in the small village of Guldenberg, the characters head for the inn and strike up a conversation with Jarri Cobblepot the innkeeper. Before long Delle, a member of the watch, bursts in screaming, “GNOLLS ARE ATTACKING!” They had attacked an outpost and the town watch geared up to go fight, asking for help from the adventurers, who came along. A mile or so from the village at the outpost, several gnolls attacked the party, but with the reinforcements, they were able to make short work of the monsters. However, at least one gnoll summoned a storm elemental and ran away. Pethorn then revived a gnoll and it led the party to its hidden cave in return for its freedom – but when they arrived, Pethorn gave it a swift end.

A storm began to form as they approached the mouth of the cave, and Shinder Splitears the gnoll shaman in the shape of a Dire Wolf attacked with another Dire Wolf. It was her last act on this mortal plane.

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Even more Gnolls
Being sidetracked in a cave

The Gnoll Cave

Upon slaying the shaman, the party entered the cave and proceeded to make quick work of the many gnoll denizens and their captains, including bringing several of them back to life as zombies(?) to fight for them. However, when they approached the second level of the cave (going down), they tripped a Fire Strike trap and several Flinds caused them to have second thoughts about their ability to handle this new menace. While Someone ran further down into the 3rd floor of the cave, the rest of the party fled back up to regroup. In the meantime, Someone silently dispatched of one of the Flinds, and eventually the party came back and killed these opponents as well.

At this time, the party chose to leave the cave without exploring further as several party members were wounded and in need of rest. So they left through the front entrance and Stone Shaped the opening closed.

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De'Lamor, Gilgrim, and the Ravenswords
Rethinking the plan

After the party finished their long rest outside the gnoll cave they decided to head back into Guldenberg to get further information about De’Lamor and how he fit in with Chessenta’s war with Unther. As they began to leave, they were confronted by De’Lamor himself! He was on a Wyvern and had a Salt Golem with him. He was furious that he had found his gnolls slaughtered and the entrance to his cave blocked such that he had to use a secret exit to investigate the cause. However, Someone was able to convince him that it must have been another adventuring party at which point De’Lamor asked if they would join his army and hunt down Gilgrim Dragonhammer and his party that has been killing his gnoll bands in the hills lately and he would reward them. The group accepted and De’Lamor flew off with his wyvern.

Traveling back to Guldenberg, the party headed back to the inn and spoke with Jarri Cobblepot some more who pointed them to the mayor, Admon Oakenshield. Admon told them about how De’Lamor had been a hired mercenary war wizard with a band of thugs who were hired to help Chessenta during the war with Unther, but he was never paid what he felt he was due since many of his mercenaries were killed and the money was sent to their families instead, or not paid at all. This caused De’Lamor to go into hiding as he must have come up with new plans for revenge on the people he felt owed him what he was due.

While in town, the party went back to the inn where they met some other customers including a ship’s captain that was awaiting Gilgrim Dragonhammer to come and bring something for shipment, but it appears that Gilgrim is behind schedule. He was apparently looking for a lost mine near the Riders to the Sky mountains. While Molly-Ann was talking with him, Someone successfully picked his pocket and got a ticket to a traveling circus in Luthcheq that is coming through in one month’s time. They also met a ranger who grew up in these parts who was unwilling to take them into the mountains, but pointed them in the direction that Gilgrim was most likely to have taken.

The party then took off into the mountains, found some Abominable Yetis, and then heard some sounds of battle nearby and assisted Gilgrim and the Ravenswords to fight their own battle with even more Abominable Yetis.

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