Our intrepid heroes decided to scout out the Ferry Gatehouse and Tinderfoot Ferry proper. Things did not go as planned.
Masenor tracked goblin wolf riders into the forest. He discovered the goblins were raiding local wood elf enclaves, and taking captives as slaves. They'd slain most of the inhabitants and set it to the torch. Masenor returned to the boat without incident. Meanwhile, Danadin and Joe sneaked into the city to see what our foes were up to. Alister and Dustin decided to investigate the river chains barring their path up river.
Danadin and Joe swam across the river and made their way into the city via the sewers, they then took to the rooftops, leaping from building to building. They found a small team of bandits and a bugbear herding zombies into buildings and sealing them inside while another bandit kept watch from the roof. Seeing the lookout's bulging wine skin, Danadin convinced Joe to try to capture the lookout for questioning with the prosepects of useful information, and wine to boot. At first, they appeared to succeed intimidating thelookout, Blue Jake, into surrendering. Our heroes demanded Jake help them, and he agreed in exchange if they'd kill Stefan, his boss. Agreeing, Danadin attempted to tie Jake up, but while our heroes argued with one another, Jake made a run for it… and promptly fell into the street below.
Fending off zombies, Jake's comrades were too late to help him, but they were alerted to our heroes' presence when Danadin called out to them. The villains, knowingthey were about to get boxed in, made a run for an elevated walkway to get onto the roof of a building. Danadin used his magic and precision javelin throwing skills to slow them down, while Joe leaped from rooftop to rooftop to intercept the bandits. Unfortunately, a loose roof tile caused Joe to lose his footing and he found himself hanging from the roof edge while a ravenous zombie groped at his dangling feet. Danadin ran to help Joe, but he lost footing taking both himself and Joe down into the streets below as zombies closed in from all sides.
Meanwhile, Alister and Dustin hid in the woods on the east shore of the Azure River watching the Ferry Gatehouse. After studying the patrol patterns of the guards, they made a move to study the chains. Hiding behind an illusionary bush created by Alister, the two crept out to study the chains. Our two heroes determined the ground around the pillars holding the chains in place was loose. They set their unseen servants, Carrington and Jeeves, to work on digging out the mud around the pillars. As Alister and Dustin made their way back into the treeline, Dustin was sighted by the tower guards and they retreated into the trees under a hail of crossbow bolts and javelins. Alerted to their presence, the guards in the towers alerted their allies, and the villains crossed the river to search for them. Discovering their diligent unseen servants, Stefan destroyed the servants and order his bandits to search for our heroes.
Alister and Dustin fled into the forest with the hungry wolves and bandits on their tail. Hiding from their pursuers, they see a hobgoblin in scale male approach a steadily agitated Stefan, “What did Gaptooth say he saw?”, asked Kordig.
Turning to face his superior, “Two people in human clothing. Definitely not elves. Those illusions… do you think it could be Albrecht?”
“It does his style. Maybe Hallweather and Rockseeker brothers.”, replied Kordig, “Klarg reports he’s lost goblin patrols to recently. Glasstaff needs to deal with them once and for all.”
“I wouldn’t expect those fools to come this far south. The Spider should have burned Phandalin to the ground when we took it. Glasstaff can’t control that little hamlet.”, grumbled Stefan.
More howls from the wolves as the goblins search for more signs of our heroes’ trail. Kordig glanced to an approaching scout, “It’s not for you to question the Spider’s wishes. If your Redbrands were part of the Crimson Legion, I would have crucified one of them as an example. The fact that you let Blue Jake get away with…”
Snarling, Stefan interrupts, “They aren’t part of the Legion, and they don’t take orders from…”
Stefan's retort is cut short by Kordig’s mailed fist in the stomach buckling Stefan to the ground. The following kick to the chin sends Stefan sprawling. Stefan moves to tackle the hobgoblin, and stops short realized how foolhardy it would be. “You serve the Black Spider, which means you take orders from me. Don’t forget that. Now find them… and try to bring some of them back alive. I’d like to know from where they hail. Understood?”
Stefan wipes the blood from his chin, “Yes…”
Consumed with fury, Kordig glowers at Stefan, “Yes, what?”
“Yes, sir!”, Stefan reluctantly replies.
“Good. Dismissed!”, Kordig says as he turns to face the human scout, a human female with two long swords on her hip, “Report!”
"Captain, Yari says they were attacked by two more in Tinderfoot… Blue Jake is…"
Experience Points: (975 XP, 195 XP each)