The party comes upon the human kidnappers and a band of orcs having a big fight. Harmattan argues otherwise, but Drax decides that he’s going to wait for the fighting to die down (as in, the orcs all die), and then send in the rogue Jamalla to grab the kid in the sack, and then beat everyone up. Jamalla manages to sneak up to the motionless bag, manages to quiet the kid down even though she’s never met the kid, and manages to grab the bag without the humans noticing. However, on the return trip Jamalla’s luck runs south, and so we all have to charge in.
Right at that moment Laraven and Vasilisa show up (either through just good woodsman skills or powerful transference magic is not explained), and battle is joined. Galeon the paladin charges straight at the enemy wizard, Drax and Harmattan establish a line in front of the main enemy fighters, Jamalla hustles the kid to safety, and Vasilisa and Laraven work to pick off targets with crossbow and prayer. The kidnappers’ minions go down quickly, but the mercenaries are well-armored and hard to hurt. Cyrilia throws a few arrows down-range, and Therrous just…leaves. Galeon has the wizard in an impossible position thanks to her divine challenge (basically flee, attack Galeon, or take damage). Finally, a few lucky hits from Laraven and Drax down the fighters, and Jamalla puts down the wizard with a finishing shot.
The party works quickly to bundle up the surviving kidnappers (7 of the original 10), as well as to greet the newly-freed Brog. Brog introduces himself as the unlikely King of the World, and Harmattan is inclined to believe this claim, seeing as how 21 people (elves, orcs, and humans) have died so far on his behalf. The group’s more immediate concern is getting out of the orcish wilderness. The direct border between the highlands and the civilized bits of Dunsany are heavily patrolled, so to avoid those we duck back into the elven woods to the southwest. The orcs don’t patrol the forest border so closely, because the elves frankly scare the bejeebers out of the orc tribes. With Therrous missing, Vasilisa acts as our guide and guarantor through the mystic forest, and we eventually make it back to Dunsany-town proper.
Back in town, Drax takes the guards and fighters off to the barracks for interrogation, while the rest of the party takes Brog back to Dunsany Manor to be reunited with his toy chest. We learn a bit more about Brog, where he’s from, who his friends are, and what he plans to do when he grows up. Harmattan speculates wildly about Brog, but about the only remarkable thing about him is his apparent ability to know where certain people (the chief of his tribe, etc.) are at any given moment just by looking at the sun. Also, Brog reports that a group of elves took him from the orc lands to stay at the half-elven farmhouse in the area. Harmattan speculates even more wildly.
Drax gets pretty far interrogating the minions and soldiers. The minions all report that they were recruited for this mission by Warren and Sawyer, and that Bluffington was the leader of the operation. The plan was to grab the kid from the farmhouse, making sure to kill everybody else, and head to a remote border outpost at the very edge of Dunsany’s lands where someone else would take possession of Brog. Drax is just about to start interrogating the ringleader when the session concludes.
Stay tuned next week for exciting interrogation, plot twists, and subterfuge by everybody and their grandmother!