After Speaking with Guildan Haldenfrond the party find out that he is offering a 50 gold reward, a life changing amount of money, when you consider the parties current situation, for the safe return of his daughter, Lilya Haldenfrond.
The party is informed that Lilya Haldenfrond was delivering a locked box for her father to a buyer in the capital of Nolan Cobb. Lilya was accompanied by four guards on her journey.
Guildan received word from some people travelling through Oallhelm that they had seen an abandoned cart on the side of the road in a forest two days North of Oallhelm. The travelers also reported finding the bodies of four males near the cart.
Guildan believes that these were the guards that were set to accompany his daughter, and since a female body was not found, that the unknown attackers must have kidnapped his daughter due to her obviously higher station.
After deciding to undertake Guildans quest, the party heads North along the main path out of town to find the abandoned cart hoping to find more clues.
After two day of uneventful travel the party come upon the reported cart and dead bodies. While investigating the area the characters are ambushed by a group of four Bird men, also known as KenKu. After quickly dispensing of the threat the party is able to find a hidden path, apparently used by the KenKu, that leads into the heart of the forest.
After following the path for a while the party notices a set of structures up ahead. On their way to these structures the Rogue Thicket stumbles upon a pit fall trap causing him to fall twenty feet to the bottom.
Unbeknownst to the party, while helping their clumsy friend Thicket free of the pit, a hidden KenKu Scout sneaks past them and informs his fellow bandits about the incoming intruders.
After freeing their comrade the party heads to what turns out to be the ruins of an ancient temple to Alairros consisting of seven buildings and a number of statues circling an open courtyard. The whole area is dimly lit by torches hanging outside of the buildings.
For some unknown reason to the rest of the party, and to me, Thicket decided to stealth to one of the torches near the first building in an attempt to put it out. As soon as Thicket extinguished the light, the five Kenku warriors and one Kenku Crowspeaker that had been hiding behind the statues after being warned by their scout, attacked along with a magically controlled swarm of ravens. The attackers immediately knocked Thicket unconscious which triggered a fight between them and the rest of the adventurers.
While the adventurers were able to subdue their attackers, it was not fast enough for Thicket as he had succumbed to his injuries before the rest of the party was able to administer any type of first aid.
The party decides to then retreat into the forest so they can bury their lost friend and take a rest to recover from their wounds. Being consistent the adventurers unluckily have a raiding party of KenKu fall upon them while attempting to rest. The party narrowly survives the ordeal before finally getting a full nights rest, with plans to return to the ruins in the morning.
Amazingly the party has already managed to lose one of its members in the short time i have been chronicling their actions. Even though this loss of life was mainly due to the questionable actions and obvious lack of skill of the victim, i still find my self continuing to question why i have been given this task. As the party sleeps, i lay awake contemplating how I must of angered the leaders of my order…….