The party finished their errands in Thurmaster then convened at the Baron of Mutton, where they met with Bethel the merchant once again. Bethel was in the company of a traveler recently arrived in Thurmaster, a gnome priest of Fharlanghn named Gemini Dangerfoot. The gnome claimed to be on some quest to explore and map the world. He was looking to accompany Bethel and the party to Lord Parlifrey’s keep in the morning.
The party arrived the next day at the keep and met with the elderly Lord Sandior Parlifrey and his young nephew, Lintern. Lintern seemed taken with the female members of the party. The lord invited the party to supper, which all members agreed to attend. At supper, the party brought Lord Parlifrey up to current on the events happening in the area. Lord Parlifrey seemed uneasy at the mention of Hog Brook, but no one pursued the issue further. He mentioned that the Orcs encountered at Hog Brook most likely had ranged out from Rock Dale, their tribal land. He also mentioned that if the party ventured to Rock Dale, he would have to disavow any knowledge.
The party enjoyed the veritable feast provided by Lord Parlifrey, and the entertainment provided by Pytherion’s attempts to impress the guards and other staff at the keep. All party members were put up for the night in private rooms in the keep. Kirein was awoken around 2 o’clock in the morning by a servant saying the Lord Parlifrey wanted an audience with the party. All members, except Pytherion who was grooming himself, arrived to hear Lord Parlifrey. The lord claimed that a group of pilgrims devoted to Fharlanghn, and their guards were supposed to have arrived 2 days prior, but had not been seen yet. Parlifrey charged the party with checking the pilgrim’s route in the morning, and provided the party with horses.
The party set off to the northwest after first light, heading towards Howler’s Moor. The first day was uneventful, and the party set up camp for the night. During the first watch, 2 large humanoids, later identified as bugbears, attacked the camp and were dealt with swiftly. They had no identifying markers and little wealth other than some coins and a costume jewelry brooch which Pytherion found interesting. The party set off again in the morning, continuing northwest.
Later in the day, the party heard howling off in the distance. The party decided to ride toward the howls, which Jianna claimed sounded worth investigating. The party came across two bodies appearing to be human guards of some sort. Investigation found that one was still alive, whom the party stabilized . As the party drew closer to the fallen men, the howls grew louder. The party was set upon by four 2-headed canines, identified as death dogs. The party defeated the dogs, with only Jianna suffering grievous wounds. There were no identifying markers on the canines. After healing Jianna, the party healed the fallen human guard.
The party set up camp again for the night, and rested without incident. Gemini Dangerfoot found a prairie dog family he could communicate with and was able to discern that the group that had attacked the pilgrims had headed south from our present location. The next day, the party set out south toward The Redwood, with the human we had rescued (who had chosen to stick with the group rather than return to the keep alone). The party had another encounter with a group of 5 goblins and 3 hobgoblins. The party defeated the goblinoids quickly (end of session).