“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
11 Gozran through 20 Desnus
Having saved Mikmek and recovered the statue of Old Sharptooth from the mites, the party headed towards the kobold caverns (Hex F20). There they met the kobold’s leader, Chief Sootscale, and handed over the statue. Sootscale prompty smashed the statue and proclaimed that their Shaman, Tartuk, should be killed for bringing a curse upon the tribe. However, the boisterous nature of the kobolds gave Tartuk ample time to escape through a secret passage leaving the group none the wiser as to the nature of the curse.
The kobolds began the process of dividing all the treasure that Tartuk had left behind. Mostly worthless stones and bits of metal, Solanthus spotted a few prime items and the party began negotiating with the kobolds to leave with these items. After several rounds of trading, Solanthus noticed a bag being held by Chief Sootscale that looked to have been taken from the bandits. The party gambled on the chief’s bag being worth more than what they had, and ended up with a large sack of coins, a few better quality items, and Stephana’s wedding ring.
With Tartuk and Sharptooth gone, Chief Sootscale proclaimed the party heroes and organised a great festival in their honour. Raffiq Ibn Ghazi was named an honorary kobold and was able to negotiate peace between them and the people of Brevoy. With their god gone, the kobolds briefly discussed religion with Rafiq, but it seemed that Sarenrae’s teachings did not mix well with some of the kobold’s views, and an equal number began discussing Gorum with Brok.
After collecting several bags of fangberries for Brandon (Hex F18), and avoiding a rickety bridge (Hex E19) the party returned to Olaf’s Trading Post and handed over the ring, much to Stephana’s joy. That is, until she found out that Olaf had promised the group 1000 gp in store credit if they returned it. After several weeks in the Stolen Lands, it had become apparent that the amount of goods the party had to sell was well in excess of Olaf’s ability to buy, and the group decided to head back to Restov to source better equipment. While there, they learned a few more rumours about the Greenbelt, and also were handed a wanted notice for the Stag Lord.
Upon their return to the Stolen Lands, the group began their final exploration. As well as those mentioned below, the group also explored Hexes E15, F19 and F21
Hex E18 – The party discovered Tuskgutter’s lair and fought the great beast. Several times the size of a regular boar, with immense tusks, Tuskgutter shook off most of the party’s blows, and managed to wound Solanthus before being put down. The party returned his head to Olaf and received the reward offered.
Hex E17 – A pair of ruined buildings were discovered within a marshy part of the forest. The party met a boggard who, despite his race’s reputation for violence, tried to communicate his wish to form a truce. However, his attempts were hampered by his incredibly basic grasp of the common language and he group left him in peace hoping to return with Jonas Kavken who they hoped would be able to communicate with him.
Hex E16 – The only notable thing found in this region was a long neglected statue of Erastil. The group made note to mention this to Jonas so he could restore it as well.
Hex F15 – The group discovered a curious circular area of stagnant marsh and Solanthus decided to investigate. At the centre of the circle he found what he initially took to be a dead horse, but on closer examination it turned out to be a dead unicorn. It’s horn had been snapped off but otherwise appeared unharmed. In fact, despite the diseased look of the rest of the land around it, the unicorn appeared completely untouched by decay, with not even any flies bothering it. Unable to determine a cause of death, Solanthus left the unicorn there until a more permanent solution could be decided upon.
Hex F16 – A series of islands in the middle of the skunk river proved to be home to a mated pair of tatzlwyrms. Solanthus was able to kill one from a distance with his bow and the group swiftly killed the other that was hunting nearby. The remnants of a bridge were found here, and the group spotted a dead body buried beneath some of the fallen wood. Solanthus braved the currents to retrieve the body, hoping to find something of worth, and returned with a rusted set of chainmail and a cold iron long sword.
Hex F17 – A barking sound alerted the group to a pit trap which a thylacine had fallen into. After Solanthus nearly fell into the pit due to the unstable earth around its edge, the group decided to leave the thylacine there to die of starvation.
Hex E21 – The group found a broken ferry crossing in this region, with the burned remains of a toll hut. After ringing the bell, an undead creature emerged from the waters of the river and stalked towards the group. Instead of attacking, the creatures said – You are not my tormentor. Throw the Stag Lord’s body into the river that I may look upon his death, or join me instead. He then disappeared beneath the waters again.
With the Northern Greenbelt explored, the group returned to Olaf’s to begin preparations for taking on the Stag Lord.