9th of Planting, AY 216
The party rested for the night, and the next morning they gathered their things and prepared to head south, intent on investigating the Orc raids. They found Grint and convinced him that the town needed some fortifications in the form of a ditch and palisade wall. He was reluctant but eventually agreed. Then they finalized their preparations, got some medicine and food from the town, and headed south with Kibarac. Kibarac and Arvin followed the Orc’s trail to the south for several hours down a small river stream.
Eventually they heard sounds nearby, and found a group of Goblins and an Orc. The battle started before they were ready as Arvin tripped on a branch, but they made short work of their enemies. They interrogated three Goblins, but got little information as the Goblins simply followed the orders of the Orcs. The group debated what to do with the Goblins but eventually Arvin executed them all. Ulv was not comfortable with this and walked a short distance away.
The group continued south before making camp. During the night they were beset by wolves lead by two Wargs. They climbed into nearby trees, firing and slashing downwards, until Mel ran down a branch, flipping behind the group to cover them with flames from her Burning Hands. She survived the counter attack and the rest of the wolves ran off after the Wargs were killed. The group bedded down again, and nothing else bothered them.
The next day they travelled for several more hours before coming upon tracks. Arvin investigated them and was sure that the tracks were Elven. The group debated but eventually decided to continue onward instead of tracking down the Elves. Kibarac informed them that they were getting close to Heddrick’s Hold, but as they closed in on its location they could see smoke rising into the sky. A mighty roar filled the air and a Blue Dragon bursted into the sky. It started to circle the area and scan nearby, and although Ulv was petrified for a second, the group quickly dashed to cover. The mighty creature finished its sweep and flew off to the south. Arvin’s crow had spoken of the ‘great blue bird’, and some information from the Goblins begins to make more sense. They discuss and Kibarac is sent back to the village to warn them to flee, a dragon being far too dangerous to fight.
Unsure of how to proceed, they allowed Arvin to scout ahead. He spotted several bluffs where Orcs were likely hiding near the Hold. They skirted around the northeast side, trying to find a weak point to get more information. As they advanced they heard a patrol marching off to the east out of the Hold. They followed it, and killed one of the Orcs that wandered back. Eventually, after allowing them to get far away enough that they wouldn’t be heard, they ambushed one of them by mimicking the voice of the first one they killed, then defeated the rest. They intimidated the surviving Orc leader and foundnd out that the dragon they saw was Sharpfang Frostfear, daughter of Kasteel Frostfear. Apparently their tribe leader, Garome One-Eye, had made a deal of some kind with Kasteel, and Sharpfang is here to assist with their goal. At least 24 more Orcs were in the Hold, more than they could probably deal with.
They finished off the Orc and considered what to do next.