The party rebuffs, and then opens the door. Beyond the door is a series of mine shafts, heading in several directions. The first shaft explored ends in a makeshift wall. Karabus uses Astral Sense to look beyond the wall, and sees a swarm of 50 worm/bat-like creatures that seem to nest in the chamber beyond. Medea identifies them as Krillworms. Everyone decides to explore in another direction.
Two sealed doors are found, and generally left alone while the party explores the open passages. M’lo finds a new portcullis built into the ceiling. He helps the group pass through without triggering anything, and finds a large nest in the chamber beyond. Medea recognizes the creature the nest belongs to is a Brithan, described as a ‘large bear, crossed with an angry elemental’. The creature roars at the party, and Medea recognizes it as a challenge. So, she walks over and slashes the bear with her claws, knocking it over. It gives up, acknowledging her as the Alpha, and wanders off.
Outside at last
Beyond the bear creature, is the opening to the outside. It’s night, and a good bit of time is lost just staring at the outside world for the first time. The mine itself is on a cleared hill, NW of a walled city residing on the cross-point of a road and a river… right where the Village of Ardanyan should have been a few hundred years ago…
Mazrol tries to use the broken arrow to track his mentor, but fails. The party decides to sneak down to the city to see what they can learn, and is hoping to find some sign of the missing mentors.
While moving through the woods, the party is attacked by several archers hiding in the trees. Some of the party is surprised, and Karabus takes an arrow, getting a wound. M’lo hides, and begins maneuvering to sneak attack the archers. Telodun runs over to the first archer he sees, another elf, and starts yelling at him in elven for attacking the party.
From there, things devolve quickly. M’lo takes an amazingly placed shot while almost in position, and gets knocked over. Medea tramples one of the archers with Blitz. Telodun masters the art of whiffing for several attacks. Karabus blows one of the archers up with a massive Mind Dagger in the eye. Medea goes on a trampling spree, raiders dodging everywhere.
Mazrol fires a perfect shot, knocking out one of the elves without killing him. The trampling continues. The Adept elf merges with the shadows and flees. One of the raiders dies, three are captured. While the party binds the wounds and ties up the unconscious elves, Karabus uses his magic to question the one elf who surrendered.
Questioning reveals that the elves are the locals, and they have ‘an understanding’ with the bear creature on the hill, so when they heard its challenge call, they came to investigate. They saw the Mentors pass by, but their leader, Farathiel, chose to leave them be. They attacked us because the party looked like more opportune targets. The party decides to drag them to the town and turn them over to the guards.
The sun rises as the party approaches the walled town. Several caravans are in line, waiting for inspection before being allowed inside. When it’s their turn, the party is greeted by a guardsman, “Welcome to the Town of Ardanyan!”