Our adventurers, after fighting a particularly pesky swarm of bats and learning the meaning of ‘friendly fire’, soon continued on their quest. They noticed however that the desecration of the town had spread to the forest and was most certainly changing the behaviour of the creatures within. Indeed, even with her forest heritage Nissa was unable to get anything from the bats other than “EAT EVERYTHING.”
Guided by Nissa’s new snake friends, they made their way through the forest to a stream and luckily spotted 2 orcs lollygagging by the main road. Upon capturing, questioning and killing both of the orcs they left with a new Great Axe for Nissa, a beautiful orc head necklace for Korvar and a fancy magic stick for Pyromath.
Adrieth, sick of being hurt by her companion, told Pyromath about her feelings with her fist.
Korvar hilariously commented to his orc prisoner that perhaps this is how elves mate. Nissa, terrifying in her snake wearing, underdark spouting state (nat 20 wat wat) scared the shit out of the orc. The camaraderie of Korvar and the orc was short lived when he decapitated the orc for saying his favourite colour was blue.
After scouting the camp, 3 orcs were drawn into a cleverly laid trap of Korvar’s devising and quickly slaughtered with magical stick, sword, great axe and Nissa’s creepy sniper hand (with no friendly fire, yay!). Adrieth managed to extract a little more information this time, including the welfare of 10 human prisoners and the whereabouts of the 3 remaining orcs.
The party encircled the camp and attacked, separating the orcs into two groups. Nissa and Adrieth fought the viscous female orc, while Pyromath and Korvar made quick work of the remaining two males. (Except for that one bit where Pyromath failed and it was hilarious.)
Nissa again used her newly found Great Axe, dropping it with her mage hand on the unsuspecting orcs.
However, just as the battle seemed won for sure, a misguided attack by Adrieth led to her being knocked unconscious and nearly dying, whispering “I’ll see you soon, brother”. Adrieth held on by a thread (and Korvar’s inspiration) until Nissa rushed over to heal her, still wearing her “snakeskin” boots.
The prisoners were freed, fires lit and heads laid down for a well earned rest.
Upon waking our brave companions learned that the prisoner Theo had escaped, while the Lord Kwenthrith’s son, Sambra, had been sold as a slave. It seems the boy was sold to Elven and Half elven figures in hooded cloaks, all bearing a beautiful but unfamiliar waterfall brooch. Most interestingly, the figures had promised the remaining villagers that rescue was on its way.
Adrieth and Pyromath got pissy at each other again, she failed a command spell, then returned to the fire to quietly recite the oath of Sheverash and polish her shield. Nissa gained more information from the villagers, and Korvar begrudgingly gave his spare great axes to some of the stronger looking individuals.
The campsite provided some exciting loot including a potion of invincibility, a potion of Frost Giant Strength, powerful crossbow bolts for Nissa, 7 gems and more silver for Korvar’s already jingling loincloth.
The party have promised to see the villagers to the edge of the forest before continuing on their quest to rescue Lord Kwenthrith’s son, Sambra.
Next session, our newly minted Level 2 heroes continue their quest…