Stengard Marches

Rumors of Raiders (Continued)
Lizardman filet, anyone?

As night fell, a mysterious creature descended upon the party. Selrik Bariksson threw a knife without hesitating, and unfortunately wounded the already-battered Corrin Goodhill, who’d been trying to track down the party when he came across a goblin ambush intended for the party. Corrin explained his situation, and the party decided to remain in place and camp for the night, then set out in the morning in search of the lizardman.

The next day, Corrin and his trusty avian sidekick Gyro tracked the lizardman deeper into the swamp. While exploring, Drox located a pile of coins and instantly began digging through them. The lizardman burst from hiding and ambushed the unwitting half-orc barbarian, but Drox managed to hold his ground and a fight ensued. Sentaria, Corrin, Selrik, and Drox all let fly with everything they had, and in moments the lizardman’s corpse was a sundered ruin. Drox claimed his head as a trophy, and for proof of the party’s exploits. The lizardman’s chest bore a strange marking, and the party made a note to investigate this symbol after returning to town. On the way back to Stengard, the party stopped off at Orizon Ore and Bantheld & Sons to claim their just rewards for a job well done. Upon returning to town, the group divied up the loot, and learned the lizardman’s chest marking identified him as a member of a tribe of lizardman who call the southern Fogmire Swamp home, though the red pigment in the tree-like tattoo probably indicated this particular lizardman as an exile. The party went their separate ways, though a few voiced interest in exploring this connection further at a later date.

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Rumors of Raiders
Two mages, a half-orc, and a rogue walk into a marsh...

This particular evening brought an unlikely assortment of adventurers into the bar at the Edge of the World Inn. Sentaria, Selrik Bariksson, Drox, and Aramil gathered to investigate the rumors of a goblin raiding party led by a lizardman harassing the Mining Road. The group overheard some miners discussing the raids, but the workers clammed up when pressed for information by Selrik. A couple rounds later, the miners were more talkative. They confirmed the raids were indeed taking place, and also shared that both companies were suffering financial losses as a result. The party agreed to meet in the morning and head to the mining company offices, but not before Selrik robbed a patron of his coin purse.

The first stop the next day was Bantheld & Sons. Bantheld himself offered to pay the party an unspecified amount of gold to eliminate the raiders. The party then stopped by the Orizon Ore offices, where a dismissive manager said he’d pay 400 gold. Hoping to get paid twice for the same job, the party set off into Fogmire Swamp in search of the raiders.

While exploring the swamp, the party happened across four goblin trappers who were clearing game from their snares. The party made short work of their foes, dispatching them with javelins, rays of frost, shocking grasps, and a dead rabbit. Selrik took an errant ray of frost from Aramil, and would later repay the favor by robbing the mage blind. The traps the goblins had set were made with mining implements, so the party knew they were on the right track.

Later that evening as the party prepared to make camp, they discovered a pair of huts – one inhabited by eleven dozing goblins, and the other housing one snoozing goblin as well as hunting and trapping equipment. Drox quietly crushed the snoozing goblin’s skull, and Selrik set up a number of traps outside of the other hut. Sentaria used a fear spell to trigger the ambush, sending the goblins shrieking in terror out of their hut, only to become hopelessly snared in place with nowhere to flee as Aramil incinerated the goblins to ash with burning hands. The party located 11 electrum pieces in the huts, then prepared to press on to find the remaining raiders and the lizardman behind the whole ordeal.

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