The party decides to use the bandit cave for a haven for the evening before continuing to Pelgaryn in the morning. It is early afternoon when they transfer the unconscious wounded bandit to one of the cells.
After lengthly talks with the 3 captives they release the three hostages but do not allow them to leave.
The party is pretty sure Flying Shipwreck Inn is associated with the bandits. Vincent travels back there to tell Rotcod’ohw and Leiahna about the party’s where-a-bouts and where to meet, away from prying eyes and ears. Vincent picks up some wine, vegetables and a big salted pork hock with the intention of a hearty dinner later at the cave.
Back at the cave Mourning Storm has gone outside to the forest to reset his energy within nature and to be an advance guard. He encounters the guards dogs who have returned to guard the house once again as trained, and now that the party fed them, seem to be fat and content to continue in that capacity.
The rest of the party has interrogated the captives and searched through all the belongings in the cave. The bandit finally becomes conscious and easily convinced to tell his tale. His name is Arnold Brockmire, “but you can call me Brock”.
Several years ago Brock was the leader of a small group of bandits called The Rumble Arrows who were pillaging the roadways as highwaymen, when they stumbled across this cave. With a base of operations they became a successful raiding party. With the Flying Shipwreck Inn nearby, they were able to trade for supplies as well as in nearby Pelgaryn.
A few more bandits were recruited as well as a impressionable youth named Derickson who was the son of the Flying Shipwreck Inn’s owner Margot. Derickson enabled the bandits an even better access to fencing goods and using the Inn as cover.
A couple years ago the bandits were approved by a half orc named Theg Narlot Theg said he was a representative of an organization which wanted to enter in a partnership with The Rumble Arrows.
Theg would provide information about approaching caravans, strength and goods carried. Theg would also provide assistance in weaponry and ambush supplies. The Rumble Arrows would keep most of the spoils but assist in capture of healthy slaves.
One of Theg’s men named Dieter joined the Rumble Arrows, setting himself up in a hollow off the main cave. Brock was still the “leader” but took orders from Dieter. Couriers would arrive and give Dieter directions on targets. For over a year things had been going very well. The Rumble Arrows had money and food and wild nights at Flying Shipwreck Inn. They ambushed caravans here and there, handing slaves over to men who took them to Pelgaryn.
But then it went all went south. While out on patrol the bandits noticed activity around the lighthouse. Several Dark Elves were performing a ritual at the cliffside. Dieter elected to attack the elves. All 12 Rumble Arrows swooped in under a hail of crossbow bolts, taking the elves by surprise. The 4 dead elves had nothing on them except a couple brass runes and the onyx skull.
Dieter told the bandits to keep the skull for their trouble but took one of the runes to Pelgaryn, to show to Theg. While Dieter was gone, more Dark Elves were seen near the lighthouse. When Dieter returned and was told of this he elected to try to figure out how the elves got to the lighthouse and exterminate the rest of them.
The bandits figured out the invisible bridge that let them cross to the lighthouse. Cautiously they moved into the lighthouse, weapons ready but it was seemingly empty. Then the screaming started. Several bandits were attacked in the darkened lighthouse, creatures came out of nowhere, swooping from above and biting at exposed flesh.
As the bandits tried to fend off the creatures, huge spiders appeared, seemingly emerging from the floor, followed by a horde of Dark Elves. With his friends screaming and falling around him Brock ran.
As he exited the lighthouse, he saw Derickson running ahead of him and another bandit named Jacks was behind him. His memory goes foggy after that. He struggled back to the cave and cursed the black skull that was sitting on a table, he remembers curling up by the fire….then awoke in the cell
Brock is able to tell you about the 4 ambush grenades you have acquired. 2 are bags of chocking powder and 2 are “flash-bang grenades” You also have two crude leather gas masks.
Rotcod’ohw arrives and the party begins to show him the artifacts that they have acquired from the lighthouse