28 Wealsun – 5 Richfest, 609 CY
The barbarian half-orc Thruskk, split from the party, finds and becomes friends with the Grand Druidess of the Sheldomar Valley, Reselda Yargrove. On their way back to Marlgrove, they unexpectedly wind up being major players in the Siege of Neldea.
Back in town, the greedy Half-Orc Jericho, the Scholar Clifton Oates, and the Druidess Ash Reyner enjoy the first day of Richfest. A feast is held in their honor in recognition of their slaying of the Beast of Marlgove.
At the end of the feast, an animal messenger relays a call for aid to Neldea.
Ash, having met an ancient dragon seeking Reselda some months prior, uses a sending stone to tell the dragon of the Grand Druidess’ location. Clifton and Jericho mount up and head to Neldea.
… Only to arrive to a scene of destruction. Wulrakas Safras, drawn to the area by a large dragon flying overhead, joins the group. Thruskk yet lives, but is gravely wounded. Jericho, while waiting outside the fortress, somehow gets lost and is left behind.
After returning to Marlgrove for Midsummer Night (in which Thruskk transforms into a Wereboar before being subdued), the party then sets out again. In the forest they meet Virgil Thorburn, a sorcerer seeking to slay the Beast of Marlgrove. Realizing that this has already been accomplished by the party, he decides to join them.
Following a lead given to them by Ash’s unearthed sending stone, the group eventually reaches a cave deep within the Dreadwood. Inside they battle Onuji (one time druid in Reselda’s circle and later an associate of Baba Yaga), Ash, and two zombies. Ash eventually reveals her betrayal, and points out that the nearby skeletal remains are those of Reselda. The group allows Ash to live (contrary to Thruskk’s wishes).
Their only lead on the dragon now is a name: Skaulson.