After defeating the Mindflayer and determing the fate of the former heroes, the band of champions returned to the town of Rookwood to seek out the magistrate and their reward. To their dismay, they discovered the Magistrate had left town and they were forced to deal with his advisor, Krix Di Rhoe.
Di Rhoe was less than impressed with the heroes, but paid them their gold and suggested that “if they wanted to make themselves useful, they’d best get back out there…”.
Once on the other side, the heroes were caught in a trap set up by the Death Chasers of Thesk and were nearly brought down by a vicious Ogre Pulverizer. However, the might of Tandros Kreel‘s blade felled the Ogre’s handlers giving Rhogar dragonspine an opening to strike at the beast’s unprotected neck. With a single blow, he took off the creature’s head.
The party’s victory was cut short as the commotion from the battle had attracted the attention of a Grut Warband. The heroes, recognizing the need for tact, sent the rogue Brandis Skyhunter to negotiate with the Grut’s leader, Tornak. However, negotiations turned south and the Grut Warrior challenged Brandis to a duel.
Fortunately, Brandis’ aim was truer than his tongue and once the dust settled, Tornak lay dead on the ground with numerous arrows sticking from his corpse. The Gruts disbanded and the heroes collected months-worth of gold and supplies.
Afterwards, the heroes tracked down the lair of the Drow raiders, only to discover a poorly defended tunnel with a weakened Estivara shouting threats to the shadows. The group’s mage felled the black sorcerer with a burst of flame and Rhogar slashed his way through the disorganized Drow. Tandros had fallen during the fighting and the heroes were left wondering what other dark things lurked in the Drow caverns…