We begin with Khalid alone in the tower at Eddistone Point and Bertram unconscious outside. Bea has disappeared in the woods, but Ervendio and Canicus have returned to help their friends.
(Ervendio had been distracted by a sylvan get-together somewhere on the trail; Canicus had a misty vision of the Risen King and found himself lost in the netherworld, or, the fog)
Bandits attacked Khalid, still alone, and the dwarf was felled with one blow. Knocked unconscious, Khalid was stablized by Ungerd, one of the bandits, who ordered the jester Jongle to take him down below with the other prisoners. Khalid subsequently lost both his scimitar and his bird.
Outside, Canicus and Ervendio saw to Bertram’s wounds. Canicus and Ervendio charged the tower to seek a way inside (with Mildred’s corpse strapped to Canicus’s back), while Bertram remained in the trees.
In the tower, Jongle saw this hubub as his chance to escape his cruel employers/captors. Recruiting Brang, the elderly goblin who worked in the tower, they opened the tower’s secret downstairs door. Canicus and Ervendio took the opportunity to enter even as Brang made a break for it across the clearing — and was shot down by an arrow from above.
Bertram cast a simple cantrip to hopefully distract from further attacks as the others debated what to do. As they tried to plan, the bandits tossed a torch down into the crowded stable setting it aflame. This spooked the many horses crammed inside, but Ervendio calmed the animals and led them out one by one. Canicus and a revived Khalid grabbed an unconscious Drea, and they all made their escape under horse-cover.
The group fled the flaming tower, encountering Smiley the mule on the way. 20 horses and mules waited for them at the trail’s head, and Ervendio led the herd back toward Grudgewood.
But the herd attracted hungry, wandering ogres, who were only dissuaded from eating the entire group by their new friend Jongle, who turned the ogres around with a few knock-knock jokes:
You have to say “who’s there.” Knock-Knock.
You have to say “Ogre who.” Knock-knock.
Let’s do it ogre again. Knock-knock…
When making camp later, the group was briefly beset by an unrelated band of goblin bandits, but Khalid scared them off by being terrifying and stabby.
After bringing Drea back from unconsciousness, she told the group that she believed Scalf and the goblins at Eddistone Point were planning to use the signal mirror to rally other goblin lords into attacking the Kingdom of the Twelve Barrows. She then offered a 100 gold reward if they returned to retrieve her spellbook, but the group pressed on to Grudgewood.
Bertram, Canicus, Ervendio, and Khalid saw to Mildred’s burial in Grudgewood’s small cemetery as Jongle escorted Drea back to Mammarie’s and accepted the group’s reward of 2,000 gp. Jongle spent 105 gold on drinks for everyone at the Lonesome Tankard, and nearly turned the crowd against him upon speaking vaguely of the bandit goblins’ “plans,” but tensions eased when the rest of the group arrived.
They went upstairs to speak to Red Al, who saw the goblins’ plans to attack the Twelve Barrows as an opportunity to move against Fort Hangtooth itself….
Bertram: 20 (tower ingenuity), 20 (breakfast), 108 (ogres), 10 (goblins), 20 (burying a friend), 500 (Drea’s rescue)
Canicus: 20 (tower ingenuity), 20 (damsel rescue), 108 (ogres), 10 (goblins), 20 (burying a friend), 500 (Drea’s rescue)
Ervendio: 20 (tower ingenuity), 20 (horse calming), 108 (ogres), 10 (goblins), 20 (burying a friend), 500 (Drea’s rescue)
Khalid: 20 (tower ingenuity), 20 (damsel rescue), 108 (ogres), 10 (goblins), 20 (burying a friend), 500 (Drea’s rescue)
Jongle: 20 (tower ingenuity), 20 (ogre jokes), 108 (ogres), 10 (goblins), 20 (taking credit), 500 (Drea’s rescue)
permanent 50% discount at Mammarie’s (Jongle only)