The group of adventurers move toward the encampment, as stealthy as they can muster (which may or may not be slightly more subtle than an Umberhulk charging through the underbrush). The old building is in disrepair and it looks as if some of the upper floors have collapsed. Inside, the main hall shows signs of once housing tapestries or murals which are all but faded or destroyed at this point. The group approaches the lone set of doors at the far end of the hall and listens.
The sounds of orcs and goblins beyond doesn’t come as much of a surprise. And the clanking and shuffling of this most unroguelike group of adventurers has apparently alerted them to the Gray Wolves’ presence. Savana opens the door, and the group spies a large chamber filled with columns, braziers, and a healthy mix of orcs, goblins, and apparently giant lizards.
In one corner, a battered and beaten dwarf lays. It is Orsik, a Gray Wolf who coincidentally had come to the area to investigate the same attacks of Paratum independently of the others. A frenzied melee ensues. Blades and arrows sing through the air, with a touch of acidic lizard spit thrown in for good measure. Ultimately, the goblin foes are no match for our heroes. Also, Turin may have had a brazier full of flaming embers dumped on his head by Mal, who was trying to be cool. He said he was sorry, okay?
Taking a moment to rest, the group decides to team up with Orsik and try to get to the bottom of the kidnappings and whatever else might be going on. The chamber they find themselves in appears to be a sort of offering place devoted to the pantheon of common gods (“covering all their bases” as it were). Many of them have been defaced by the goblins and orcs. Turin recalls that this place might have belonged to the Rivenroar family and their vassals.
Feeling that time is of the essence, the adventurers quickly debate the best route to choose—the Eastern door from which Orsik may have been brought in by the goblins, or the Western one that looks less traveled but perhaps leads to where the prisoners are ultimately being taken.) They choose the Western door and set off into the darkness…