When Nissa and Adrieth wandered back into camp the party decided to spend the night with the villagers. Nissa and Bubbles are very popular, however Korvar scared a child into the woods. Nissa attempted to convince a hawk to carry a message, but was unsuccessful. (Due to Adrieth scaring the poor thing away.)
When Adrieth followed, she was cornered by a fiend, but luckily Pyromath and Korvar came to the rescue. Especially Korvar, who skewered it with a javelin. After an uneventful night’s watch, the party awake to find formerly old woman Ethel was now very young and doesn’t seem to remember the past 40 years. Not sure if it was the tea Nissa made, Eldath’s power or the Vuldorf Spring – our adventures took off in a defensive formation to leave the forest.
Nissa successfully found and sent off a pigeon with a message to warn Ezan of their arrival, but they were held up when Pyromath sensed some very territorial vegetables. Oblivious, Korvar left to pee in the woods. Little did he know that his orcish bits would offend the Vegepygmes so much that they decided to attack.
After a gruesome battle that ended in Korvar getting poisoned and subsequently healed, they made their way back to the villagers who were a little worse for wear. Leading the villagers out they sensed a large creature following them. After meeting with Ezan and receiving more supplies, they quickly explained the situation and headed back into the forest to find the Lord Kwenthrith’s son, bidding farewell to the villagers.
Bob, Steve, and Nissa had a lovely excursion. Stevette lovingly offered to help Nissa steal supplied from Adrieth but the fire lady has good perception.
Stalked by a large tiger, but protected by druidic magic, the party made their way to the Duskwood Dell. Nissa gave Pyra a lovely haircut with her Great Axe. When they reached the ruins, They entered a chamber with 8 statues of the First Order of druids. (This is where Adrieth gave a 10 year old the bird). Korvar tried to deface the statues.
After making their way into the next chamber the party battled a fearsome beast. Korvar and Adrieth soon learned that steel was of little value. Nissa and Pyromath used their magic to defeat the watery monster, revealing a door in the statue of Eldath.
After passing through a dormitory, library and agricultural room, they knocked on a wooden door. They were greeted by Malara – leader of the druids of Eldath who occupied this ruin.
Malara spun a sorry tale, 5 years ago a mysterious creature killed the Lord’s son and his barons, leaving him the only survivor. Alive, but cursed, the Lord is gripped by fits of madness. The curse is vampirism, and upon his death he will rise to reign terror over his desecrated lands, she explained. However Jamila (his apothacery) and Malara had a plan to stop it and our adventures were just the help she needed.
The Lycanthrope that had stalked them was named Theo, he was a were-tiger that lost his parents in the orcish raid. He was only a child, but his Lycan venom could be used in a ritual to slay the Lord Kwentrith and save the land.
Malara goes on to explain that the ritual usually calls for a Paladin of the Raven Queen, but Adrieth will have to do. Nissa asks what would happen if Adrieth died (for real this time) and they learned that her death would mean the failure of this plan.
Nissa and Pyromath went out to lure the boy inside. Nissa used her gnomish charm and adorable squirrel friend, and Pyromath used his suprisingly tender heart to reassure the boy.
Korvar soon took a liking to him as well, wrestling with the giant tiger and sharing his precious ale. The scary emo fire lady talked to her scary emo God in the library. Surprised by Pyromath’s kindness towards the boy, allowed him to butcher the chicken promised to Theo and invited the party to rest for the night.