Arrival at the Fort on the Borderlands
The party (Hoffhurko, Koladavaal, and Theo) arrives after several days of travel to Fort Andergast. After introducing themselves to the militia they make their acquaintances with the locals. They learn about the treacherous demihumans lurking in the nearby forest. The Captain of the Guard is relieved to finally have fresh recruits to fight off the threat.
The party hires several men-at-arms (Sara, Fen, and Stasher) to bolster their strength and sets out in search of a rumored goblin lair. Within hours of traveling in the forest they encounter a wandering ogre and ambush the foul creature. With a mighty swing it kills Stasher, smashing his head off his shoulders. The brave Koladavaal restored the party’s morale by rushing the ogre, crying vengeance! Soon after the combined might of the party proved more than the ogre could withstand and it fell. The acolyte lead the party in solemn prayer and buried the fallen comrade.
The Mad Hermit
At dusk the party finds a clearing with a large hollow tree. The tree is guarded by a mountain lion, but the party quickly dispatches it. Much to their dismay the party learns that the tree is a lair used by a gnomish ranger. When the ranger finds the party with his dead pet he attacks them. He is incapacitated quickly.
Theo and Koladavaal settle down the ranger and rest the night. In the morning they convince him to take the party back to the fort so that he can be compensated for the loss of his pet. Whether by choice or by accident the ranger leads the party into a Bugbear snare. The Mad Hermit is caught in a snare and impaled upon tree spikes.
A Grim Sight
Returning to the clearing, the party finds a man plunging his dagger into an elf over and over again. He calms down suddenly and greets the party as if nothing had happened. As he approaches the party, Theo notices a strange songbird staring at them. He takes the chance and shoots the bird dead with his crossbow. The songbird’s death causes a sudden pain in their minds, but it seemed to free the man from his hypnotic trance. Unable to cope with killing his traveling companion the man takes his own life.
Back to Bed
The party rushes back to the fort to recover. The Captain of the Guard grins as he welcomes them back from their first patrol in the borderlands.