Chapter 15:

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Session Number: 15
Date: Sunday 17th May 2015
Venue: Densial's
PCs & Players:

Besheeba Wlk2 (Alain) (kills: none)
Connor Brd2 (Yeran) (kills: none)
Johnny Rog2 (Craig) (kills: none)
Nicolai Clr2 (Fergus - remote) (kills: none)
Oskar Mnk2 (Ash) (kills: none)

XP Awarded:

The party hunker down. They see a number of groups heading in the same direction, towards the source of the smoke, and take care to avoid them. At sundown, they set watch until a couple of hours after midnight then set out with Johnny scouting ahead. Heading eastwards over a small bluff, Johnny sees the glow of several campfires behind a stand of trees. He backtracks and tells the others. He investigates and finds a larger camp with hills rising left and right more than a hundred feet. Wary of the previous ambush, he advises against heading straight in, thinking instead of circling to the south.

Johnny leads the group several hundred yards south then east, noting that the hill continues to the north. He motions for the others to remain where they are while he continues to scout alone.

A few hundred yards to the north the hills stop and continue to the west. Johnny follows them, finding cover in two stands of trees. About two thirds of the way westwards he spots a structure: a twenty foot tall timber lookout tower with two guards standing atop. The geography suggests a horseshoe-shaped hill (a cauldron) open to the west and many campfires and tents nestled within. He backtracks to the east, keeping the valley to the south in sight, and spots another lookout tower. He returns to the others, who urge him to scout the eastern end of the valley.

Johnny climbs northwest up the hill. He sees the eastmost lookout tower atop a short cliff, looking down upon a number of tents and campfires. One is significantly larger than the others - a good thirty feet wide with two guards stationed outside. Their positioning suggests there might be two more on the far side.

Johnny returns and speaks of what he has seen. The large tent seems a juicy prize - perhaps the bandit leader can be found inside? Besheeba speaks of her desire to exact revenge upon the blue reptilian soldier seen the night before.

The party decide to go as a group and see how close they can get. Just as they are about to crest the hill, someone stumbles on a rock that sets off a small but noisy rockslide. Everyone freezes. Minutes pass then they hear noises from the north, made by small figures: a group of kobolds fanned out and heading their way. The party quickly but quietly head south through trees off the hill, then head east. They are not followed.

Fifteen minutes later, they try again. Looking to silence the lookout tower first, they head in that direction. The path to it is blocked by a cliff, making an approach very risky.


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