Forgotten Realms - The Northlands and Beyond

Chapter 1: Night 2

The Orc Camp

The party proceeded into the forest in search of the orc camp with Myrtha guiding them. Eventually they came to a ravine in the wood with a fallen tree as a natural bridge. They crossed the ravine and Xilus went ahead to scout out the camp.

Along the way he was met by Bazhur Khan, a mysterious man from Calimshan. Khan reveals that he has been monitoring the camp for a few days, but could not act because he was heavily outnumbered. With the party waiting back at the ravine, Khan and Xilus proceeded to the orc camp.

They silently infiltrated two of the four makeshift towers killing the orc guards there. After taking position in the towers at the entrance of the camp, they signaled for the party to move to the camp. Davrun, Tymel, Stanley, and Myrtha made their way to the camp hiding in the brush and trees until seeing Xilus’ signal (enchanted marble with continual light).

As the party waited outside the camp to ambush, the orcs sent archers to replace those in the tower for a shift change. The battle ensued. The chieftain and shaman ran out of the center tent. Tymel cast a light spell on the shaman’s eyes, blinding him. Stanley rushed in to attack the shaman. The party fought off the orcs while heavily outnumbered. After Khan took down the chief with his arrows and Stanley killed the shaman in melee, the remaining orcs fled the camp into the darkness of the Neverwinter Wood.

The captives were freed from their cages. One captive, a merchant named Dalos Ironwinter, attempted to sneak into the orc chieftain’s tent. Xilus secretly followed him. After observing Dalos he realized the man was looking for something extremely important. He revealed himself to Dalos and after some questioning, discovered that Dalos was commissioned by one of the Neverwinter Nine, a man named Balar, to create a map of the city of Neverwinter and deliver it to Waterdeep to a contact with the Lord’s Alliance.

After creating the map and disguising his journey as a mere merchant’s caravan, he was ambushed by the orcs along the High Road. He told of a mysterious elf who came into the camp every few days. He would take a few human captives with him, but the captives would never return. Dalos was digging through the merchant cargo stored in the chieftain’s tent looking for the map of Neverwinter. Unable to find it, Dalos fears it may be in the hands of the elf, or worse yet, on it’s way to the Arcane Brotherhood in Luskan, bitter enemies of Neverwinter.

While Xilus questioned Dalos, Davrun spoke with the little boy held captive, Myrtha’s son. He tells the boy that Myrtha is with the party and after looking around, discovers she is missing. He goes to the outskirts of the camp where he discovers a blood stained trail leading into the darkness of the forest. Putting the pieces together, he reasons that somehow during the melee, Myrtha was taken. Tymel, Stanley, and later Xilus warn Davrun not to follow the trail as it may lead into a trap set by the elf. Angered, Davrun throws his shield and returns to the camp. Tymel informs him that they’ll follow the trail in the morning when there is less likelihood for an ambush by the elf or the fleeing orcs.

Stanley prays for purification of food to allow the orc rations to be edible to the remaining captives to help restore their strength and energy.

The party awaits first light before setting out to the High Road, which is half a day’s journey through the forest.

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