Before climbing down the trail Wraith tried to speak toJex, who just seemed confused by the whole thing
Anolin climbed down first using the slippers and then using a pulley he lowered the rest of the group down one by one.
They followed the trail for the whole day, as they were about to set camp they were attacked by three orcs, one with a battle axe and two with hand axes.
The next day they continued to follow the trail left by the orges, it was not a hard path.
Towards the end of the day they spotted a trail off to the side which had recently had effort made to block it. The trail led up to a cave but they decided to rest before proceeding.
The next morning as they investigated the trail they realised thatJex would not be able to make the journey.
They discussed a few possible solutions to this but ultimately the decision was made by Evin to takeJex back and return.
The next night, while travelling back to the Night Dragon Monastery they heard a large battle in the mountains
After a nights rest in the Night Dragon Monastery Faldkor found a monk called Eld who was willing to look afterJex, he left him with 100gp to cover costs
After breakfast Evin told Master Tarn about the cave and also about the battle that group had heard.
Master Tarn confirmed that they had heard the battle too and that it wasn’t uncommon
The two days back to the trail were fine, the area seemed quiet still
The climb to the cave took the group all day, Faldkor had a particularly hard time climbing the early parts of the trail
When they reached the top they heard the sounds of bones breaking inside the cave.
As they entered the cave they were attacked by four ogres, but made quick work of them
They followed a passage that led down behind the back of the cave, it took a couple of hours walking before it opened out into a large cavern
Inside the large cavern, not far from the end of the passage way, was a large log cabin with no windows
Faldkor had a conversation with an orc that didn’t earn the group entrance.
Evin tried to negotiate with the orc but the orc was more worried about annoying someone rather than opening the door for the group
Anolin suggested that rather than annoy the person inside with the orcs by waking him up if they wanted to negotiate they might want to wait till morning
Wraith blocked the chimney of the cabin the group rested the night before attempting to re-enter negotiations
Evin spoke to someone called Barl in the morning, who stayed inside the cabin
Evin was trying to avoid mentioning any link to the monastery while Barl was suitably vague in his answers
After some input from Faldkor, Barl agreed that he would try and secure the return of the statues within three days, or information. However he was unable to provide information if he believed it would lead to violence
Two days later at the meeting place, an old tree stump, four orogs brought a sack with the statues in and a scroll case sealed with red wax
The party started the journey back to the The Night Dragon Monastery to return the items
Before heading out to check the underground part of the keep Thal checked with Faldkor that he could collapse an entrance to the Underdark if there was one down there.
They explored very carefully to find this one had more than one level, the first one they checked but it took a day just looking for secrets
They rested in the keep again and the next morning returned to the stairwell
They started searching a massive chamber which they worked out could hold thousands of troupes
At the end of the day Anolin spotted a strange bit of brickwork
It revealed some wood behind it after Faldkor employed his masonry equipment and knowledge
Due to the time taken they rested for the night again
The next morning they continued to make a hole in the wood bigger to explore
They found 3 barrels of black powder and 3 barrels of shot which they dumped in the moat
They pressed the button in the main room and found it opened the draw under the desk
They headed back towards Waterdeep on the main road.
On the journey back they were disturbed (apart from Evin) by horse riding past during the night. Kiran checked the tracks on the road and said they were heavy horses but not shod
One night Faldkor had his hunting prey stolen by a Giant Owl and one day the party were followed by 3 large flying shapes that stayed just on the edge of vision for five hours however nothing came of it.
Once they returned to Waterdeep Faldkor filed a report with Yvonne while the others went their own way.
In the evening Wraith got a visit from the tribesmen delivering his birthday present of two war-hammers
The next day Faldkor started to deliver the gold to the other people, the reward of 2500 GP
They started asking around about mages or people who can deal with magic. Dani suggested Kendrell which Faldkor could see people having an issue with.
Jorin won the weight throwing, Draft won the horse shoes, Kyanis won the skittles and Daline won the card game.
During the evening there were a few mysterious moments when Evin seemed to lose track of his drink, often finding himself holding a different glass or the same one containing a different drink than he was expecting
Last to leave were some of the rogues and Evin, so they went back to the rogues house, Clayne went straight upstairs with Melesante. Evin went to bed while Jander put together a snack for himself, Gerum and Joseph
The next day Wraith got up early and got a meal from the tavern by the time he got back the others in the house were getting up
Faldkor and his household took down the marquees and then he got back to work on his projects