So lets just say the party ended once the guards arrived. The gang took the captured bad guys and poor despondent (and drunk) Henril back to their room in the inn. Brother Tim kept watch on the bound baddies, and in the wee early morning hours the guy in the red cloak turned into a hobgoblin. This caused all kinds of trouble but in the end they determined that one of the bad guys was a fresh recruit, the sneaky bad guy from the tavern was a recruiter, and the hobgoblin (who could only say "Margesh") had been as far as they knew, the bandit leader. They released the recruit and killed the recruiter and kept the hobgoblin tied up.
The next day they visited the sage and got the skinny on the old shrine in the swamp, apparently a evil hag has desecrated it many years ago and on occasion clerics or adventurers would try to explore it and they would never return. They also found out that the word "Margesh" was hobgoblin for "boss guy". Since that and "imlori" were the only words they could get out of him they figured he wasn't a wizard and more likely a pawn. They thought about going to the city watch with the hobgoblin, but decided instead to go hire a boat to take them to the shrine. No one would take them all the way but after they agreed to purchase a boat they convinced the merchant to let them hire a guide to take them to the mouth of a river which was about half a day away from it. So they rowed across the lake and down the river mouth until they came to a sand bank where the locals came to catch crocodiles for meat and skins. Their guide left them there with their boat and rowed away with a nervous glance into the swamps.
|I'm not so cute now eh you little bastard!|
|Come on in folks, free cake and pies!|
And now we're all caught up on the situation. I would have liked to get further sure, but I wouldn't have missed that wedding. It was a pretty good session and everyone seems to be enjoying it still. Talking about our plans at the end of the night, we decided to do a short one off of Trail of Cthulhu over October (for Halloween!) and then everyone seems to think we'll probably be squeezing in at least one or two more sessions of this game before we hang up the Beacon for the winter.
*Note version contains just as much flower.
**Note, I've been calling Thedric, Theodric for some weird reason so I fixed up all the posts. It's all the same dwarven enchanter folks.