Chapter 22:

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Session Number: 22
Date: Sunday 2nd August 2015
Venue: Densial's
PCs & Players:

Besheeba Wlk3 (Alain - remote) (kills: none)
Connor Brd3 (Yeran) (kills: 1 kobold)
Johnny Rog3 (Craig) (kills: none)
Nicolai Clr3 (Fergus - remote) (kills: none)
Oskar Mnk3 (Ash absent) (kills: none)

XP Awarded: TBA

The party follow the same route to the south. After some time, Some spot a dust plume moving right to left, crossing ahead of their path. Johnny and Connor investigate. It is a mixed group: around fifteen horsemen and a dozen kobolds on foot, struggling to keep up. Some of the horses bear laden saddlebags. The party guess that they are from the raider camp.

The scouts return and explain the situation. They decide to follow, picking up their pace to intercept. They spot their quarry and watch them pass, heading northeast. They then follow, staying around 400 yards behind. The group's pace is swift; it is an effort to keep in touch, particularly while also trying not to be seen.

Not long after, the party almost stumble over a kobold lying on the ground in the group's wake. Connor moves to kill. Johnny and Besheeba try to stop but not in time.

Another kobold on the ground, exhausted. Johnny intervenes, the group bypass and carry on.

At around midday, the mixed group the party are following stop. The party does also. The group appear to be having a break, getting out food and drink. Two kobolds start walking directly towards the party. Johnny directs them all off the path to the right. The kobolds make it nearly all the way to where the party were, then head back.

Johnny and Connor sneak ahead to have a look at the group. Men and horses, kobolds. No one they recognise. Cannot see what is in the saddlebags. Retreat.

After 30 minutes the raiders strike camp and set out again. The party follow, keeping left of their track to avoid any more kobold casualties - or the return of those already fallen behind. They cross a road heading east-west, probably the road to Greenest, and veer left a bit (NNE).

Dusk approaches and the raiders stop and pitch camp. As the light fails Johnny and Connor sneak in again for a closer look. (Connor is particularly interested in seeing if the group are transporting dragon eggs.) The pair see the horses, which sense their presence. Their saddlebags have been removed. There is a tent nearby. Connor suggests turning Johnny invisible to scout out the tent, explaining that he would have to maintain concentration to keep the spell in effect. Johnny recommends that Connor makes himself invisible.

Johnny stays near the horses while Connor approaches the tent, invisible. He tries to make a small slit in the tent canvas with a dagger, but in the stillness the noise is alarmingly loud. Inside is absolute darkness and the sounds of slumber. He gives up and moves on.

Connor passes a gap between two tents where he sees a number of raiders assembled around a campfire. Crack! A twig snaps underfoot and two of the raiders' heads snap in his direction. Connor freezes. The two raiders stand up and walk towards Connor's position, swords in hand. Connor sneaks behind and around the next tent…


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