The party arrived at the abandoned keep during daylight, but kept to the forest outside of the cleared field around the keep until dusk. Very little activity was noted in the keep; only the opening twice of the peephole on the front gate, which was left open the second time. Mik used the cover of dark to scout the outside of the keep for an entrance, but none was found. Mik had heard some whispering from inside the keep but was unable to identify any words.
Mik returned to the rest of the party and reported his findings, warning that it was possible that the party’s presence was known. The part planned to sneak to the keep’s outer walls where Anghara would create a “dark way” magical bridge, and Anghara, Mik, and Pytherion would run over the top, then unlock the front gate to let Feljos, Pieter, and Sonja through.
The party moved hastily toward the outer wall, and were met with a flight of crossbow bolts. The party hastened to the wall and Anghara, Feljos, and Sonja fell into a pit trap. Anghara made a dark way bridge to climb out and Pieter cast an obscuring mist to cover their escape from the pit.
The party moved close to the wall and headed for the front gate. Pytherion smashed the gate down with his sword using one of his martial stances. The party was met at the gate by seven brigands and a guard dog. They stayed at a distance, one wielding a torch. Mik noticed that the hay covering the ground at the entrance appeared to have oil in it, and warned that the brigands may intend to ignite it.
Pytherion rushed the torch-wielder and slew him, but the torch flew into the hay, igniting it to a blaze. Sonja rushed the brigands and slew two. Pytherion slew two more, then Sonja two, then Pytherion two more again. Two stronger men rushed up to fight as well, one wielding a greatsword, the other a rapier. The greatsword wielder fell first. The rapier wielder proved to be a trickier target, using his dexterity to his advantage. Mik and Anghara moved to surround him, and Mik caught him with a hard punch to the head. Pytherion finished the rapier wielder off with a fierce hack from his sword.
Anghara and Mik noticed another fellow appear, then run inside the keep, and gave pursuit calling back to the rest of the party. Feljos, after gathering some of the loot, and Sonja moved to help in the pursuit, with Sonja’s speed moving her to the head of the chase. Pytherion and Pieter went to search other rooms in the courtyard, where Pytherion found a chest of loot, and Pieter found several zombie-like undead shuffling about in a closed room.
The chase led the four pursuing members of the party deep into the keep, and down a spiral staircase below the tower, then into another hallway. They heard banging, as a hand on a door, and some words. When they caught the fleeing man, he was found in the company of some sort of necromancer and a small army of undead creatures.