After concluding their business with the Kobold tribe, the party departs North to set up camp away from the cave. On the following morn they begin exploring Northeast, until they discover a burned down cabin near the river, along with a ruined bridge. Investigation reveals the ruin looks about 1 or 2 years old. A sign near the river indicates the location as “Nettle’s Crossing” with a toll amount and bell nearby, which Aeldur rings.
Upon doing so, a ghost rises from the nearby river. Upon seeing the party, it demands they bring the body of the Stag Lord to him. As it turns to leave, Basque asks the ghost who it was, to which it points to the sign. After finding nothing in the house the party rides away and makes camp for the night.
Over the next 3 days the party explores Northeast, Northwest, and then Northeast again, finding nothing of significance. On the fourth day they turn west and spot a small hut in the plains. After cautiously approaching and shouting a greeting, a disheveled man steps out, and then goes back inside. After Aeldur mentions they have alcohol, he comes back out and greets himself as Bokkin, an alchemist with potions to sell. After a little bartering, Bokkin offers a discount on his potions in exchange for fangberries, which are far to the southwest.
The party camps and then arrives at Oleg’s the next day after more than two weeks of exploring. A contingent of guards has apparently been stationed at the outpost; there is also new faces around. Ephya talks with a Monk called Eronway practicing martial arts, apparently a member of the Pathfinder Society looking for magical items.
That night, there is a feast at Oleg’s to celebrate the destruction of the bandit camp. The party regails everyone with stories of their half a month long adventure. Basque pulls Svetlana aside and returns her ring to her, telling of how it ended up with the Kobolds; she thankfully accepts it. Afterwards, the leader of the Mercenary guards approaches Basque, introducing himself as Kesten Garess; he was sent to Oleg’s by the swordlords to protect it from bandits and to aid the charter group. Jhod, a cleric of Erastil, approaches Aeldur hoping he might have found a temple to Erastil out in the Narlmarches; he asks Aeldur to keep and eye out for one.
The party is awoken the next day by loud banging, upon investigating, they find Rick the Ranger hanging up a bounty notice for Tuskgutter, a boar. It was seen 2 days south of Oleg’s. The party then finds Oleg’s and asks him to put in requisitions for equipment.
As the party is about to leave, Basque approaches Kesten, revealing that he knows about a topic which Kesten was trying to avoid earlier; Basque also states that he believes himself to be a bastard of a Garess, and is hoping Kesten might be able to help him prove it.
The party then leaves Oleg’s heading southwest exploring, eventually stumbling onto a radish patch which is apparently occupied by bloated Kobolds eating the moonradishes there. After Ephya puts them to sleep, the party picks a bunch of moonradishes. Harry decides to put in the hand of a Kobold to distract them from pursuing the party. They travel away and then make camp, the next day they ride east, discovering the liar of a trapdoor spider. The party flushes it out with alchemists fire and kills the spider; inside the nest they find a minion of the Stag Lord with a treasure map.
After another night of camping the party sets off southeast, discovering a claw shaped tree described in the treasure map. The party is suddenly ambushed by a shambling mound, which almost kills Basque before the party rescues him. They search around and then are able to dig up the treasure under the tree.
The party then spends the next few days exploring, crossing the Shrike river heading Southeast and then turning West and crossing the river again, finally spotting the Stag Lord’s keep, a forlorn looking rundown fort. The party avoids it and travels Northeast, where it stumbles upon the fangberry thicket. After a run in with a spider swarm that Ephya destroys, the party then spends the rest of the afternoon picking berries.