After defeating Shafu and his cronies, the party split up: The Wanderer followed the map claimed from Shafu to the kidnapper’s camp, where he ran off several of the horses, suffering a grievous leg injury in the process but managing to return to the farmhouse to report. Ulrich traveled to the nearby farm of Farmer Dunnell, a proprietor of hogs, where he was informed by the end of a crossbow that his protection was not required. As Ulrich readied to leave, he witnessed a woman with elfin features and a small purple crystal steal into Dunnell’s house and brutally murder him in an explosion of fire. Ulrich confronted and subdued this attacker, dragging her back to Kurt’s. Idris remained at Kurt’s, and began fashioning throwing spears to be used for the eventual raid on the bandit’s camp.
Upon the Wanderer and Ulrich’s return, the party decided to turn their captive over to Bailiff Argyl for imprisonment and make for the bandit camp. There, they battled two men, two feral, cat like beasts, and a huge man with rocky grey skin. After frightening away the humans and slaying the monsters, they discovered the kidnapped girls hidden away. Young Mabel, daughter to Kurt, proved her mettle, helping to fell the grey man, and assisted the adventurers into loading the rest into wagons discovered at the camp to make their way back to Fane’s Field.
Before departing, the party interrogated one of the captured bandits, learning that his master, Silas, had led most of his force away to Fane’s Field for a reckoning. The town’s stone walls, guarded by only a handful of men at arms, are in little position to defend themselves against a surprise assault. The Wanderer ran ahead to warn Fane’s Field, while Idris and Ulrich are leading the caravan of woman back. Their charges have been armed with the Idris’ spears, forming a prickly defense against any troubles they may meet on the road home.