Aurora Boree Alice - Human Cleric
Chuck Norris - Elf Ranger
Purina - Half-elf Druid
Your Majesty - Human Wizard
Leaving the Stone Hill Inn before dawn the party set out on the road to the Tribor Trail to seek out Cragmaw Castle. Soon, however, they are accosted by Red Brands and a bugbear captain who have been searching for the party for the murder of their companions.
As the battle rages, the party had gained the upper hand when suddenly, the bugbear standing atop an outcropping of rock is blasted by an icy mist and is frozen solid. A fierce White Dragon swooped down and snatched the frozen bugbear in it's jaws.
The remaining Red Brands run off and Chuck contemplates if he somehow knows this dragon.
Continuing into the wild and having set up camp for the night, the party is awoken by a pack of not so hungry wolves. Chuck tosses some food their way and the wolves pad off into the darkness.
The next day they come across a small band of orcs which are quickly dispatched with Purina in bear form. Searching the orcs, they found crudely drawn wanted posters of themselves. Someone has put a bounty on their heads!
Continuing down the Tribor Trail they come upon a small town long in ruin. Finding nothing in the town the party continued down a worn trail west of town and into a valley where they came across some horses wandering the fields. Chuck conversed with the horses and discovered they they were part of a ranch that was overrun by orcs. Confirming this with a wandering cow, they head back to the ruined town. Your Majesty suggests they take the trail heading toward the fabled Neverwinter Wood.
As they become enveloped by the woods, they come upon a screen made from the warped branches of trees standing close together, woven into a domelike shelter in the shadows. With caution, Purina casts a spell to search for traps and Aurora casts a spell to detect magic. With none found, Chuck and Purina slowly enter the shelter. Searching the remains of once opulent furnishing, the spectral form of an elf appears. Not wanting to antagonize this ghostly figure, Chuck respectfully tries to gain the whereabouts of Cragmaw Castle. The ghostly elven figure claims she knows all that happens in the woods but does not give up the location of the castle. Purina and Chuck back out of the shelter and the party decides to go on their way when the ghostly figure drifts out into the open following them...
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