As the outlaws, led by Holdwine, charge into the fights, spears jabbing at the enemy while Holdwine and another let loose with arrows at the basilisk, Dafydd stabs at the beast with his spear, but the blade skitters off its hide instead. The others engage the Forest Goblins and their large Orc leader; that Orc finds itself exchanging blows with Wilibald Took, who keeps ducking and dodging the thrusts of the Orc’s spear. Gilthannas fires arrow after arrow at the Sarnlug, some bounce off, others strike deep into its hide; but then the creature breaths more poisonous gas, managing to catch the exposed flesh of an outlaw, who staggers back crying in pain. Amongst the Goblins, Popo and Alberic trade blows with their foes, the Hobbit taking a few whacks but he retaliates and stings the Goblin with his shiny King’s Blade; leaving it open to Alberic’s axe, which cuts it down moments after decapitating the Goblin he was fighting. Another Goblin falls to Wilibald’s own blade, and still he parries and ducks the Orc’s swings and jabs, causing the foul creature to curse the “Man-Child” he faces! He utters his own war-cry, naming some unknown Sorceress, but that doesn’t help him at all, and the Orc suddenly finds himself surrounded as Dafydd and Gilthannas slay the basilisk and join the battle.
The Orc tries his best, but he is worn down and with a whack to the side of his head, he falls to the blow from Dafydd’s spear. The Orc is tied, gagged, and shoved in the corner while the companions search and loot the caves, after sending the outlaws outside to stand watch. Other than a few coins and remains of roast boar, they also find the third shard of the broken axe that brought them here, and besides the loot, the only other thing of interest is the strange shrine and sacrificial table behind the partial blockage. Alberic gathers the courage to enter, takes the empty jars with their oily residue, but refuses to look down the pit. He returns to the others, and the Company join the outlaws topside, dragging the Orc with them.
They retreat to their sheltered camp and when the Orc wakes up, they interrogate him; nothing much is gained, save that the Sorceress (whoever that is) is due to return in a few days to collect the now-slain Sarnlugs. A decision is made to return to Radagast, to see if he knows anything, and to also return the shard of Wolfbiter. Alberic tends to the stinging redness of Wilibald and the outlaw (whose name turns out to be Gillard), both of whom were caught by the basilisk’s breath. Neither seems to be in any pain or discomfort, so they break camp and take the Orc with them, heading to find Geirbald and his men.
As night falls they gather at the Outlaw camp and tell Geirbald everything. The Company decides to head back to Rhosgobel in the morning, and the outlaws decide to break camp and relocate, just in case this Sorceress comes looking for them. The Orc is taken away, and the companions later learn that he was executed, as the outlaws will not tolerate an Orc amongst them and do not want to risk it getting free and causing trouble.
Wilibald spends an uneasy night and wakes in the morning with a pale, coarse patch on his arm, where the venomous breath touched him. That patch looks and feels like stone! They check on Gilliard, and he too has suffered a slight discolouration. Worried about what it means, they gather around the morning’s campfire and heatedly discuss what to do now…
End of Session
XP Awarded: 2 each.