We discuss the news, and decide to speak with Erasmus, he is already planning a defence of the coast, and tells us that the goblins, whilst a nuisance, are not the real problem it is the Hobgoblins, who are militaristic and have good strategic planning. If they are behind things then it is something not to be taken lightly. We suggest an attack at their base in the forest, and he agreed that a significant blow there would set back their plans and force them to regroup.
Talking things through we decide that the bandit problem will have to wait, we can’t risk being away for five days and the goblins attacking whilst we are gone. Thomas doesn’t want to wait around for an invasion and wants to take the fight to them, so we decide to venture out tomorrow and see what damage we can do.
The plan is to go via Wistwood and through the north of the forest. The rest of the evening is spent relaxing, Shallyn trying his luck with old Griff and old Ned with some games of chance. I don’t think his pocket was unduly damaged.
Setting out for Wistwood early, the journey is uneventful, Dorin tells us that the forest is particularly quiet and that the animals are avoiding the road.
Arriving at Wistwood in the afternoon we seek information about the goblins, the missing hunter and ask if they have had any problems with undead.
The Elder (Jessy Teather) says that things have been quieter than usual and there have been very few goblin sightings, as to the undead, one of the charcoal burners claimed he saw a skeletal bear, but everyone just assumed he had been at the moonshine.
Harry Rolland’s neighbour (Selma Bron) said that they were worried about Harry, he took three men into the forest to see the ancient stones, and hadn’t been seen since, she says it was about a month ago and that the three men stayed at the Forresters.
Carol Sleeton the halfling proprietor of the inn told us that they arrived late on 6th Hollmont, and spent the next day in the forest returning late on the 7th, they said that Harry had decided to spend a few weeks in the forest and they go into Rowen Cove to visit friends. They left the following day taking the road back to Rowen Cove. She was able to give us their names and a brief description.
She couldn’t place their accent, but it wasn’t local.
The dates she gave us matched with the arrival in Rowen Cove of the Northern Queen from Kyberg, and Thomas and Abermar speculated about their connection with the sudden undead activity.
Dorin tells us that the ancient stones are indeed ancient, many thousands of years old, their purpose lost to history. He tells us that he can feel undead in the forest in the direction of the stones.
Thomas eventually decides that whilst the disappearance of Harry needs looking into the goblins pose the greater threat and must come first, and we resolve to set out the next day, passing through the area where the Galli twins said the goblins were avoiding due to wolves.
For the rest of the day Thomas talks to the locals about his plans for the area, and generally makes a good impression, Fintan finds some halflings to talk to and it isn’t long before one corner of the inn is alive with song and merrymaking.
It is the afternoon before we arrive at the place were the Galli twins found evidence of goblins being killed by wolves, we try to be quiet, but unfortunately even with Shallyn’s help we attract the attention of the wolves.
I call out that they are werewolves and that magic will be needed to kill them, and fortunately we have sufficient magic in the party to cope, but not without some of us being bitten during the fight. Fortunately I always carry some moonbane with me and am able to provide a cure, a good job as it is full moon tonight and after the turn things become much harder.
Tracking back the werewolves from whence they came leads us to a hut in a forest clearing, there we meet Elspeth and her son Galen. They are frightened at first but we manage to calm them down. It seems that they and their relatives were infected in a small village near Malen to the north and fled to south to the forest to try to avoid killing, but the madness was too much for three of them. I give Elspeth some moonbane which should aid them for the next few moons, and directed them to a place of safety where they can get help with their condition.
We decide to stay at the hut for the night and set out for the goblin caves the next morning. During the evening I explain to the others the process for creating moonbane, and that the werewolf condition can be managed given the right conditions and support.