A long ride across the hill south of the Narlmarches brings the exhausted founders finally back to Stags Fort just as the sun is setting.
Their settlement has been attacked! Black smoke looms from the remains of their Smithy, and a number of house lie smashed and broken. The dead have been laid out in preparation for burial.
It doesn’t take long to establish that a rampant giant Owlbear, taller than many of the buildings attacked the town, and got as far as the walls of the castle itself before being fended off by the people of Stags Fort. The creature has leave devastation in it’s wake as it has headed away to the south.
There is some good news though. Ezvanki Keegh, the priest of Erastil that the founders met in New Stetven, is in Stags Fort visiting on his way to Restov. With him is is wife Yolinda, their son Benjen, as well as two friends – Vivianna a priestess of Shelyn and Nikolai a mercenary from Brevoy.
Additionally, after some investigation in the town, Kesh manages to find a merchant with a large enough diamond to act as an offering to the gods for the life of Alexite.