The PCs were summoned by Commander Alexander (the commander of Fort Remote), who asked them to in effect patrol the region surrounding the fort. The PCs were told a number of items of interest:
- Some other patrols had disappeared after going to investigate a mysterious light on top of a hill to the west of the fort.
- A number of villages surrounding the fort had been attacked by Orcs recently, in an area generally to the north-west.
- The Commander gave the PCs a map etched into a stone tablet. Dwarven runes (interpreted by Morwenna) identified the map as leading to somewhere called Cragpost, to the north of the fort.
Morwenna (backed by Sonja) decided that protecting the villagers should take first priority, and could lead to more information about Brent’s parents as well. Since Morwenna and Greggg had tended to and helped refugees from the raids, they were aim to get directions to a village that had been attacked a few days prior. The Orcs had ridden in on wolves in the middle of the night, attacking the villages. With these directions, the PCs set out.
Reaching the village, the PCs were able to track the Orcs’ movements (they had not been stealthy, dragging what seemed to be the body of a dead cow behind them). The PCs followed the tracks, with Sonja taking lead. Although a small group split off from dozen estimated in the band, the PCs stayed on course for the main group. Eventually the party came to a campsite where the Orcs had stayed for a few days (and the smaller group had rejoined, now dragging their own dead cow). Realizing that they were catching up, the PCs pushed on ahead into the night, hoping to catch the Orcs unaware.
Traveling through the forest at night, the PCs discovered an ambush the Orcs had laid for them at a small defile in the forest. The PCs attempted to turn the tables and sneak up behind the Orcs, but the monsters saw them coming and battle was joined. During this fight, an Ankheg leapt out of the ground to attack both PCs and Orcs alike, though Morwenna charged it and ran it through.
Although one Orc attempted to flee, Brent put a pair of arrows through its kneecaps. The PCs interrogated the Orc (in exchange for a quick death) to discover that the monsters were raiding human settlements for food, and that the tribe was located further to the north-west. Deciding that this is a matter for the Commander, the group headed back towards town. Brent stayed up through the night watching for the rest of the Orc raiding party, but the party was left undisturbed.
Arriving back at the fort, the PCs informed Commander Alexander about the Orcs. He was skeptical about bringing in more men to take out the tribe, but offered to pay the PCs 1000gp if they would “take care of the problem.” He also paid them 250gp for bringing back the information they did find.
The PCs decided they would head out to the Cragpost next, potentially hoping to discover more about why the Orcs were now beginning to raid the human villages (or something that might help them in defeating the Orcs).
XP: +150 for people with background (Sonja, Brent, Greggg, Morwenna); +230 for the party (battle)
Loot: +50gp each