Gavin stay’s in Davder Hollow to make sure that the wee folk are prepared for any future Orcish incursions.
The rest of the party gather at Hans Eldar’s tower and prepare to ride out after the 1/2 Orc that carries the crystal staff.
The tracks lead several north of Davder Hollow, to a cave in a ravine. The group huddles down to rest before investigating the cave. After several hours and discussions around who can and can not turn into a spider, Kadrin disappears into the pre-dawn darkness and slips inside the mouth of the cave.
He finds several horse penned in a makeshift corral, and thinking fast he release the horses and make sure they can be heard leaving the cave. Two massive orcs come from the only passage that had any sign of a light source inside and chase after the horses.
Kadrin steps out of the shadows and fires an arrow at “Borkenshiron”, while Borask greets “Corentalon” with the traditional orcish phrase of welcome, “Hail and well met!”
It is this moment that the party realizes Borask grew-up alone.
As Sivas, Heiden, Borask, and Kadrin engage the two orcs in combat a third shows up, and Borask shows everyone that he was not kidding, he can turn into a spider.
As the party continues to battle against the beasts of the Split Jaw clan, Oakburn tugs at the back of Sivas’s mind like an itch he cant scritch, “Release Me”
Sivas finaly relents and is transformed into a 15’ walking tree, and two massive limbs come down on “Borkenshiron” turning him to Orcish paste. Bill and Frank, two Blacksword enforces round the cave passage corner and their jaws hit the ground, and crossbow bolts shoot wide.
Kadrin has retreated to the mouth of the cave to make a stand against the third orc reaver, “Angonstorm”, stabbing him multiple times but the Orc is relentless. Meanwhile Borask and Heiden keep “Corentalon” distracted.
Bill rushes Kadrin drawing sword and shield, while Frank darts at Borask, Heiden… both Blacksword mercenaries witness their orc allies pummeled to death by the murder tree.
It is not long after that Max shows up, and Blacksword Arcanist, and begins to throw force bolts at Kadrin, but once Frank is killed there is no fight left in Bill and Max and the surrender. Oakburn on the verge of finishing off Bill turns instead and wanders off into the forest.
The party questions Bill and Max, only to learn that Double “D” had ridden off much earlier and left instructions for them to settle affairs with the orcs and then reconvene at the Windenbergen Blackswords barracks.
Borask returns after crawling around the cave as a spider and investigating the gear left behind, and that’s how you get spiders in your shoes. He coughs twice and hands Kadrin a box he found.
Kadrin opens the box and finds what looks like payment for the Split Jaw clan, and on further investigation a false bottom is discovered containing a note about the retrieval and delivery of the crystal staff. In 1 week the exchange will be made with D Guépard at Habsburg Manor.
There is some arcane text at the bottom which Heiden volunteers to read, out loud,.. Gather round everyone and as he finishes the last word the notes burst into flames killing Bill, and knocking Borask and Kadrin unconscious.
A moment later another blinding light flashes and when a stunned Heiden and Sivas regain their sense (oh right, he is not a tree anymore, he was able to exert his will over oakburn and regain his form and get back to the party)
Max has disappeared.
Sivas and Heiden load up the party on their horses, and secure them. They load up as much of the rations as they can with plan to send haflings back to get the rest, and head back to Davder Hollow with proof of the Blackswords involvement.
The party gathers in Davder Hollow and while they rest, Susie and Philip are sent to the cave to gather the horses and the rest of the rations. They return with a story of an angry human sorcerer who has burnt all the rations that were remaining. They say that he questioned them about the adventures, their names, where they came from, why are they here, and then set them free as he road off with all of the horses.
The party decides to head to Windenbergen and find them selves at the Red Roof Inn.