Ja’Elle introduction – adventurer from Wellby. Takes up the call to Area 23 with others from Wellby (4/1/993). Spends first night in Rhondora. Wakes up late on Thursday morning (4/2), town is destroyed and the rest of his party has been killed. A red dragon hit the town in the early morning. Ja’Elle is loaned a horse and a guide on a horse. He is advised to continue to Standhall. They continue to follow advice to get out to Station 1. They arrive the morning of Saturday, 4/4 and meet the Scarlet Guards Olekith and Captain Quohann. Then he meets and joins the party.
Fri., 4/3 The party briefly meets with Romak and Captain Quohann, updating Quohann on the red dragon and the orc adventures.
Sat., 4/4 The party meets and adds Ja’Elle to the group. Rested and talked about party organization. PC’s gave more details to Quohann who recommended to the PC’s to go after the orcs. He felt that since one escaped, the orcs may be looking fro the party and be more organized with more time between encounters. Party decided to return to train. Quohann recommended they move quickly. Quorian left a message for Allef at the camp. The party left after 1 full day of rest (at nightfall). Met and killed 9 kobalds. Found loot.
Sun., 4/5 Met 3 farmers/commoners who were out for a walk about 2 miles outside of Standhall. Arrived in Standhall.
Monday, 4/6. PC’s slept in their homes. Ja’Elle was welcomed by Delta.
Tues., 4/7 – Mon., 4/20 Party trains (6 originals gain a level, skills, feats, spells, etc.) in Standhall. Tyzzer appraised items and then took them to the town appraiser to cash them in. Rowena used detect magic on various party items. The town appraiser gave general values for gems: Sapphire = 50 GP; Ruby = 75 GP; Emerald = 100 GP. Gold bars were worth 100 GP each. Individual items included a 50 GP jeweled dagger, a 150 GP silver necklace, a 100 GP golden ring, and a worthless pouch of dirt and dust. Identified items, split money evenly 6 ways, with Ja’Elle getting 30 GP. Delta tithed 10% of her earnings. Party paid 120 GP/magic item identified in town. The party decided to give Rowena the Ring of Protection +1 (from the orc leader), and Delta took the potions of Reduce and of Cure Light Wounds. Ja’Elle buys string, etc. for future traps. Delta buys banded mail (now moves at 20’ along with Derezim and Ja’Elle). Tyzzer begins work on his masterwork weapon (315/500 points). Left all individual loot with Mayor Wartburg for safekeeping.
Tues., 4/21 Travel back towards Station 1. No encounters.
Wed., 4/22 Travel back towards Station 1. No encounters.
Thurs., 4/23 Morning encounter at the edge of the foothills. A giant praying mantis surprised the party by pouncing on Delta and gripping her in its claws. The party killed the mantis before it could squeeze the life out of the cleric. The party arrived at Station 1 and found Olekith on duty. Quohann reported that Allef planned to be back to camp on 4/28. Delta healed herself. The party waited until morning so they could enter the foothills at full strength. Quorian left a message for Allef that he was entering the foothills with the party in search of orcs and the 2 rangers will have to meet later.
Fri., 4/24 Party stocks up on food for next 2 weeks. The party owes the guards at Station 1 10 GP and 5 SP for rations purchased. Party departs Station 1 and enters the foothills moving directly SE from camp. No encounters.
Sat., 4/25 Continued S, directly towards the known orc cave. The party moved forward with Ja’Elle and Quorian as scouts (0-100’ ahead of the party). From the face of 110’ elevation line, the scout team spotted two groups of orcs about 200’ ahead. Quorian and Ja’Elle discussed strategy. Ja’Elle dropped his caltrops and hid himself. Quorian reported the strategy to the rest of the party. Ja’Elle blew his whistle several times to attract attention. 11 of the 12 orcs appeared and moved towards the sound of Ja’Elle. The party surprised the orcs and defeated them with only minor injuries (all to Tyzzer).
As Ja’Elle went to pick up his caltrops, Elios spotted more orcs coming, this time only 150’ away. During the second battle, Quorian was knocked unconscious and both rogues suffered heavy damage. The party once again defeated the orcs, using all means available. In all, 10 more orcs were killed, including 2 of “guard”-size. The 2 larger orcs had pouches with gems. The other orcs carried no loot. Elios checked for more orcs at the end of this fight. None were spotted.
The party decided to head west (away from the orc caves and away from the NE where more orc caves were expected) to rest up. Quorian suggested traveling spread out so as to leave fewer traceable tracks. In essence, the only large group tracks they would have left would go straight north. The party traveled in V-formation, 30’ apart to the highest point directly west (120’). The party set-up camp, used up daily heal spells, and set up camp.