The drow druid Elkantar was returning to his druidic circle, with whom he had no contact for several weeks. With him, as usual, were his wolf, the gnome psion Frug, the pixie Thistle, and her displacer beast. Walking along the Dawn Way toward the Witchwood, they encountered another pair of travelers – a deva priest named Tirah and a githzerai monk called Shrakk, who began traveling with them for safety. About two hours away from Drellin’s Ferry, the last settlement before the Witchwood, the combined group decided to investigate some strange voices just off the road.
The voices were coming from inside a small cave, guarded by a squad of hobgoblin soldiers, who warned the companions off. They continued toward the soldiers threateningly, however, and battle ensued. They were joined by a man that had been creeping up from the other direction, having been surreptitiously traveling under cover of trees. He wielded an ornate, beruned sword that blasted the hobgoblins with arcane energy, which seemed to surprise even its wielder. The appearance of this unexpected ally might have been a relief if it weren’t for the cave’s inhabitant, who now revealed himself.
It was an enormous ogre, ten feet tall, brandishing an uprooted tree trunk as a weapon. He may not have been allied with the hobgoblins, but he was definitely ready to defend his home. Despite his huge, thrashing club, however, the companions and the stranger with the sword managed to defeat all the hobgoblin soldiers and surround the beaten ogre. His name was Gnash, and he had been approached by the soldiers with an offer of gold, guts, glory, and girls if he would help something called the Red Hand to destroy “the humans.” They told him to go to where the Witchwood met the Wyrmsmoke Mountains if he agreed.
The swordsman introduced himself as Cyress. Keeping his agenda to himself, he nonetheless accompanied the others to Drellin’s Ferry, where they reported their run-in at the cave to the local watch and found lodging at the Old Bridge Inn. Speaking with the locals, they uncovered the following information:
• Hobgoblins have been harassing travelers on the Dawn Way for several weeks. This has caused traffic and trade to dry up.
• Some children have gone missing from Drellin’s Ferry, and the hobgoblins are suspected.
• Someone called Lady Dagger is running a protection racket in town, always sending tieflings to collect payment.
XP (Cyress, Elkantar, Frug, Shrakk, Thistle, Tirah): 330
Next session: 09/23/2012