The Party: Ferris: 9th level human ranger Elros: Gray elf 6/5/5 cleric/fighter/magic-user Gwindor: half-elf 4/3/3 level cleric/fighter/magic-user (Ferris’s henchman) Milrick: 1st level human fighter (Elros’s henchman) Bertrim: 6th level human cleric (of St. Cuthbert) (Maylin’s henchman) Fentin: 7th level Halfling thief (Maylin’s henchman) Maylin: 9th level human magic-user Aranock: 2nd level human magic-user (Maylin’s henchman) The adventurers Maylin and Elros, along with Maylin’s henchmen, had spent the winter in Chendl, the capital of the Kingdom of Furyondy. Over the past weeks, Maylin had scribed several scrolls, and each adventurer had picked up a henchman. In late Readying the adventurers were approached by individuals claiming to be agents for the Margrave of Bissel. The agents stated that the Margrave was in need of the party’s services to prevent powerful magical artifacts from falling into evil hands. The agents would say no more.The party accepted the summons. Before leaving Chendl, Maylin and Elros recruited an old associate of theirs to travel with them, the ranger Ferris who, along with his henchman Gwindor, was also on Chendl. Starday, Coldeven 1st, 575 CY The party leaves Chendl. The journey to Bissel passes without any encounters of note. Moonday, Coldeven 10th The party arrives in Thornward, the capital of the March of Bissel. There, they are introduced to His Lofty Grace, Walgar, the Margrave of Bissel. Walgar tells the party of Iggwilv the evil Arch-mage, the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, and Daoud’s Wondrous Lanthorn, as well as other magical items it was thought Iggwilv had hidden in the Caverns. The Margrave does not want the items to fall into evil hands, so he is sending the party to locate the Caverns and bring back the artifacts before his enemies acquire them. To aid the party, the Margrave has provided them with mountain horses, two weeks of rations each, and a partial map of the area showing a series of trails through the mountains with several places marked as possible locations of the Lost Caverns. Moonday, Coldeven 17th The party leaves Thornward. Moonday, Coldeven 24th The party leaves their escort behind, and heads into the Yatil Mountains. Godsday, Coldeven 25th The party climb higher into the mountains. Towards the end of the day the party spots a trio of hill giants heading their way. Maylin begins casting a spell. Several party members fire arrows at the giants. The arrows miss. The giants hurl boulders back at the party. Two of them are hits, wounding two mounts. Moments later Maylin’s fireball explodes around the giants. The smallest drops to the ground, a charred and smoking corpse. The other two turn and run for the mountains. The party decide not to pursue. It Is late and the day and they want to find a hidden camp site. Waterday, Coldeven 26th The party continued following the trail through the Yatils. In the afternoon, they encountered a group of elves, a patrol from Highfolk. Initially the alves were highly suspicious and considered detaining the party, but the party managed to convince them that they were no threat, and the elves let them pass. Earthday, Coldeven 27th The party reached the first intersection on their map. As they were trying to decide if they should head north or east, they were attacked by a band of six ogres. The party fired arrows at the ogres as they approached, but most of their shots missed. As the monsters reached the party, Maylin managed to snare three of them with his rope of entanglement. Ferris was drooling at the prospect of fighting ‘giant class’ opponents, and hacked one down with a single blow. One ogre did manage to hit Milrick’s horse with his club. Realizing what they were up against, the remaining pair of ogres decided to flee. One was sliced down before he could take a step, and Ferris and Elros took the other one down with a magic missile spell and a bow shot. They quickly dispatched the bound ogres. A quick search discovered that each ogre was carrying about two dozen gold coins. This time the party decided to follow the ogres’ tracks. A short distance away they located their lair. The initial search turned up assorted mundane items. Right before the party decided to return to the trail, Maylin remembered to look up. He spotted a small ledge/nook about 10’ up at the back of the cave. Elros cast a spider climb spell and climbed up to investigate. In the nook he found an old leather bag. He could hear the rattle of coins as he pulled the bag out. Inside the bag was 900 ep, 20 pp, 5 small gems, and a full metal flask . Elros sampled the flask, revealing it to be a potion of rainbow hues. After completing their search, the party decided to follow the northern branch of the trail. At the end of the day as they were setting up camp, they discovered the spot they had chosen was already occupied. A giant gray-furred snake slithered out of the rocks. The poor reptile was killed by an arrow and a barrage of magic missiles before it had a chance to attack. Maylin decided to skin the snake, thinking it might fetch some gold. Freeday, Coldeven 28th Early in the day, the party discovered a smaller trail branching off to the west. It was not indicated on their map. They decided to try it. The trail was more rugged than the one they had been travailing, and the going was slower. The day passed without incident. Starday, Growfest 1st. The party could see the end of the trail ahead, a wooded valley. Wooden and stone structure could be seen as well. The entrance to the valley was protected by a stone wall. A large number of gnomes could be seen at the wall. Fentin and Elros called out in Gnome that they were friends and meant no harm. A group of the gnomes approached the party. After a short Q&A session, in which the party told the gnomes of their encounters with the giants and ogres, the gnomes appeared to take a liking to the party, and invited them into their vale. And so our session ended.