The group argues over what to do with the remaining bandit. Libvros had offered him freedom in exchange for his information, but others in the group did not agree with this. They came to the conclusion to tie him to one of the horses found in the camp and Vors sent the horse back to Oleg’s Trading Post.
When the group sets out, Libvros finds that his backpack has been filled with horse dung.
With that taken care of, the group returned to the Radish Patch that had passed a few days earlier, hoping to harvest some Moon Radishes for Svetlana . When they get there however, they find the patch has been all but destroyed by the kobolds and the kobolds have left with their radishes. They decide to follow the kobolds tracks, leading south along the Thorn River.
They sleep near a rickety bridge that crosses the river. In the distance, they can see a huge Sycamore Tree on top of a hill several miles away.
The group continues to follow the kobold tracks along the Thorn River until it connects with another river flowing south. They follow this river upstream to the east a bit before they find the remains of the kobolds they had been following, along with a dead Mite. It seems the kobolds were attacked by another group and there was a scuffle, which the kobold’s lost. The victors left towards the north.
Following these new tracks, they see that the trail leads directly towards the large sycamore tree they had seen the day before. As the sun sets, they decide to camp near the tree. During the night, something sneaks into camp and eats much of the rations from their saddlebags.
The group further examines the Sycamore Tree and finds an entrance that leads to a cave system under giant tree. Yuri, scouting ahead, sees several mites, who remain oblivious to them. The group is unsure of whether to precede, but when a draconic scream comes from below, they decide to move forward.
Libvros tries to talk to the mites, but cannot overcome the language barrier. When the mites sound an alarm, the group decides to back out and go somewhere else.
They wait outside for some time, but the mites do not emerge. They decide to continue travelling east, leaving the mites alone for now.
As they travel, they come to a cliffside with a river far below. A rope bridge once stood here, but has been destroyed.
During the night, Yuri has a very vivid dream of a corpse walking out of the river and approaching her. When she tries to wake her friends, she is unable. The corpse tells her that his name is Davik and demands that she avenge his death by killing the Stag Lord.
The group travels back to Oleg’s. There, they find that little has changed in the past week that they’ve been gone. They ask about the horse and bandit that they had sent earlier, but find that the horse never arrived. They sell off their equipment and resupply before heading out into the wilderness again.
The group travels west. In the distance, where the plains meets the Narlmarches, they see an owlbear in the woods with a distinctive zig-zag pattern on his back. They stay back as to not alarm the creature. The owlbear notices them, but walks away into the forest. The group is now on their guard while exploring, as they are unsure as to whether they could handle a fight with the creature.
It begins raining hard. The group is soaked and movement slows. They continue exploring west into the Narlmarches. While travelling through the rain, Volgrin hears an animal in pain. When they follow the sound, they find a horse – the same horse that they had sent away in the bandit camp nearly a week ago – caught in a bear trap. It lays on its side and screams in pain.
Libvros puts the animal to sleep, while Vors heals its wounds enough to allow it to walk with them. The bandit is nowhere to be found – the ropes around the horse are still in-tact, but the horse has a claw-mark on its flank that makes the group remember the Owlbear.
After exploring the area, the group finds many other bear-traps and disarms and collects them.
During the night, Libvros spots a creature approaching him. Recognizing the creature as one of the fey that have been playing pranks on him. Caught, the creature introduces herself as Tyg Titter-Tut. Her friend, a faerie dragon named Pervilash joins her and they talk with Libvros about the area, saying that he is one of the “nice biggenses” and they are appreciative for them helping the horse and disarming the traps. They tell Libvros about a Temple and a Hot Springs to the south and even point these locations out on the group’s map.
The group continues west until the Narlmarches fades away to flat plains.
The group explores further west and finds themselves in a flat plains that descends into swampland further west. Exploring this area they find a mound of stones with a large blackberry bush growing from it. Assuming that the location marks something, Volgrin digs and finds a corpse still wearing a strange green wooden ring that depicts a frog and an eel entangled.
The group heads south, exploring the edges of the Narlmarches. Looking west, they feel sorry for the group sent to explore that horrid looking swamp-land.
Storms come out of nowhere and the group is forced to take shelter from rain and hail in the trees. During the downpour they are attacked by a pair of Thylacines. They fight the creatures off and continue exploring, heading east, back into the Narlmarches.
As the group heads into the forest, they begin to smell a sulfuric rotten-egg smell. They find the hot springs that Pervilash had pointed out earlier. He did not mention the smell however. They keep a wide berth from the springs, as to avoid the giant frogs there.
Continuing east, they find the Temple that Pervilash had mentioned as well. The temple of Erastil has been desecrated in some way, and Vors senses that the source of that desecration is from the horrible looking bear that seems to be standing guard there.
The group decides that the bear must be killed, and a fast brutal fight ensues. The bear focuses all its anger on Vors and quickly incapacitates him. After Yuri delivers the final blow on the creature however, Vors is quickly healed by the power of Erastil. The bear transforms before the group’s eyes into an old man, and then quickly decays and disintegrates to dust. With the bear dead, the curse on the Temple seems to be lifted. When Vors blesses the place, the water in the temple’s basin turns clear and animals come from the forest around to drink from it.
The group sleeps in the temple, getting the best sleep that they’ve had in weeks.
Heading north to finish exploring the Narlmarches, the group comes across a pile of logs that seem to have been cut loose, causing them to fall on a man, who lies crushed beneath them. Upon examination, they find the man is the same trapper who had set all the traps they found earlier.
Exploring east, on their way back to Oleg’s the group finds the nests of Pervilash and Tyg Titter-Tut.
The faeries offer to feed the group, and when they set down for the night, the faeries bring them a bag full of fruit, nuts, and berries. During their conversation, they all but confirm that they are the ones who killed the trapper, in a “very good prank.”
Stan falls victim to one of their pranks that night as well, as they feed him a fruit that is a potent hallucinogenic. Unfortunately, Libvros cuts their fun short by putting Stan to sleep.
The group returns to Oleg’s. They tell him about the logs and find out that the trapper was a man named Breeg Orlivanch, who Oleg says was an “okay guy”. From Kesten , they find that a small group of bandits attacked the fort, but the guards killed them in the fight.
The group talks to Jhod and finds that he has been having visions of this Temple of Erastil, and is thankful that the group has cleansed it. Sensing that he is withholding some information, they find that Jhod has recently been excommunicated from the order of Erastil and has come to Oleg’s because there’s nowhere else to go where he can help. He is hesitant to talk about why he was excommunicated, however, and the group decides not to push him.
Heading back south along the Thorn River, the group explores the area around the rickety bridge they had found earlier, but don’t find anything terribly interesting.
The group heads south and explores the area around the fork in the river. They find crossing here is fairly easy due to an abundance of stones in the river here.
Heading west, the group comes across a large thicket of thorny bushes. Vors comes up with an idea to make shin-guards for the horse from treebark, and spends the day crafting this makeshift armor.
The group heads into the brambles. A short way into the bushes, they find that the entire bramble is infested with Chew Spiders. They are quickly swarmed by these spiders. Yuri is thrown from her horse and the group rescues her and sets fire to the brambles. The bushes catch quickly and the fire spreads fast, burning a large area and sending billowing black smoke into the sky. The group escapes, but the smoke has definitely signaled their presence to anybody around.