Bram explains that he has recently obtained directions that he believes lead to the Karak Lode, and he offers to pay the party in advance to search for the lost mine. The party is also allowed to keep any treasure they find.
The party agrees to undertake the journey.
After an uneventful trip on well-travelled roads, the party spends 4 days crossing the Thornwaste.
During the first day in the Thornwaste the party meets Mag Blackthorn, a ranger who protects the Thornwaste. Mag agrees to accompany the party to the far side of the Thornwaste.
On the second day in the Thornwaste the party is ambushed by a group of dwarves with a trained hell hound. The dwarves appear to be from the Hammerfist clan, rivals of the Ironfell clan.
At the end of the fourth day in the Thornwaste, the party reaches the village of Dunesend, and Mag leaves the party.
When the party arrives in Dunesend, a villager is being beaten by a large gnoll with a pet behir and some satyr henchmen. The party thrashes them mightily.
Most of the villagers of Dunesend are unhappy with the party, because they fear reprisals from the Queen for the death of the Warden.
However, one of the villagers is willing to give the party a place to say for the night.
The next morning the party heads south into the desert in search of the lost mine, and possibly Queen Sephatiah as well.
On the second day in the desert the party finds an old lady in the desert who warns them to turn back. The party senses something isn’t quite right about the situation. (This encounter won’t be resolved until next session.)
3 Dwarf Hammerers (Level 5 Soldier)
2 Dwarf Bolters (Level 4 Artillery)
Hell Hound (Level 7 Brute)
The Warden, Gnoll Demonic Scourge (Level 8 Brute/Leader) – New NPC
Juvenile Behir Thunderlance (Level 10 Artillery) – New creature