So the tank needs more metal, anyone seen the supplies?
The return trip from the temple was without encounter yet exhausting nonetheless. Minus Kordan and the addition of a child yielded some unplanned changes in the agenda. Despite the extra work, Horst and Harry maintained a steady pace with the goal of reaching Krovas in a day and a half. The child, Sonja, was in a bad state. She needed medical attention badly and Horst, unfortunately, wasn’t ‘trained’ in providing the type of counseling she desperately required. A hot meal, a bath, and a shelter were some other necesiities we were unable to provide. It was painfully obvious she was not going to survive long in our care.
We traveled as light as possible storing a fair cache of supplies in one of the remaining standing structures, something maybe worth returning for. A hard day’s ride, we made it past the site of Sonja’s farm before making camp, yet another location worth visiting. The second day’s ride left us travel weary but we were able to return the artifact to father Max and pass Sonja onto the church for some immediate care. Max also looked weary and a little rough; most of his time has been spent keeping Master Borislav alive. He’s hopeful the artifact will augment the healing efforts.
Harry made a point of checking in on Sonja tomorrow and left Horst for home and amenities. He found a meal and several pints at Shamley’s Hammer along with Loren. He relayed the tale of the latest adventure and displayed the loot kept from the temple. Loren took a liking the breastplate and Harry opted for the belt, leaving a nice pair of bracers for Horst. She’d get to the meet the kid tomorrow.
After several days of rest, Horst was summoned by Pyotr, who naturally, in turn, summoned us to the temple. Pyotr has been busy as well training whelps, or allegedly, soldiers for the Krovas militia. He informed us the Gromril that was supposed to arrive to continue construction of the tank is long overdue. We’re being sent to go investigate the mine and deal with all that is not well there, delivering the Gromril if all possible. The mine is a few days ride northeast from Krovas; the goal was to find our quarry well before.
On our second day of travel, we came across a broken cart in the road. The site was horrifically gory yet there no bodies or horses present. The scene was completely stripped, our only clue being a particularly disturbed area which we opted to follow. What we found was what remained of the crew and horses. All the bodies were disfigured, flayed, and partially eaten; the same was true for the horses. The party took note of three sets of tracks leading away from the carnage and opted to follow the west tracks afraid of what they might find.
The tracks wound back towards the road and eventually crossed it. Harry crept in solo and well covered and literally found shit. Doubling back towards the road, Harry signaled to the party and began scouting the north set of tracks. After following them for a good stretch, he heard the sounds of combat. Keeping silent and hidden, he crept close enough to see several beastmen attacking a familiar lone dwarf, while a few other dwarves lay dead or dying. Harry notched an arrow and fired. His aim true, he gained the attention and interest of some of the beastmen, who gave pursuit as he turned and fled in the direction of Horst and Loren.
After dispatching the beastmen, we came to discover the lone dwarf was Kurgi. The dwarves he was with were from the mine, which incidentally was our only choice considering paths to choose. We find the outer encampment for the mine to be fairly decimated. Most of the buildings suffered structural and fire damage. The palisades had been destroyed and the corpses were mutilated in a similar fashion from the cart encounter. Additionally, the corpses were arranged in an odd pattern.
Our examination of the corpses was interrupted by a crashing sound coming from the mine entrance. Making all the ruckus was a cave troll, who proceeded to attack us. The troll beat us each within a wound of our lives but we managed to take it down. We continued our examination of the site. A few minutes later it was Kurgi who noticed the troll was longer dead on the ground…