On the second day in the desert after leaving Dunesend the party encoutners an old lady in the desert who warns them to turn back. The party senses something isn’t quite right about the situation. And a fight ensues and the lady turns out to be a howling hag. Three shifters were also hidden in the sand.
On the third day in the desert the party arrives at a dwarven keep set into the side of a basalt cliff. If your information form Bram Ironfell is correct, this is probably Fortress Ironfell, and the Karak Lode is probably somewhere inside.
The gatehouse of the fortress was guarded by Troglodytes, which the party defeated.
With many different directions available to explore, the party chose to explore the eastern part of the first level.
The party quickly encountered a some humans and shifters guarding a set of stairs leading down. After the guards were defeated the party went downward into a deeper level.
After some additional exploring, the party found a dungeon area with 4 cells. In one of the cells sat an old man dressed as a simple peasant with 7 yellow canaries. The old man didn’t respond when spoken to, but did accept food and water when it was given. The party released the man and continued exploring.
After more exploration of the lower level the party discovered a crypt and was attacked by a berbalang. The party destroyed the berbalag fairly quickly.
Each character has 9,649 exp at the end of the session.