The party scouted areas along the North, South (Long Road) and North East (Larch Path) and South East (Cairn Road) roads. A short distance along the North Road, but out of sight of the road itself, they came across a camp of rough looking men with a caged, emaciated bear.
Although no-one knew it at the time, the resultant encounter was to set the pattern of many encounters the party had from that point. There was a period of discussion about whether the people observed were going to be hostile. The Ranger and Nature priest would sneak forward. The barbarian would get bored and stomp ahead to “parley” – respond poorly to being told to bugger off, whereupon a fight commenced. Ranged fire from concealment would supplement the barbarian’s rage until such a time as Geth could separate himself from his brother’s arm and get into the fight to support the half-orc – sorry, half-human (not racist).
Thursh’s tendency to wear nothing other than loincloth and hat did cause him some pain for his troubles when the men proved handy with light crossbows. However, the rough looking men at the camp posed no great threat to the Merchant Adventurers and fell to bows, blades and bad language (spells).
The spoils seemed meagre – 20gp of easily portable coins. There was a large collection of loot, presumably pillaged from merchant caravans, but the party’s laziness and lack of ingenuity overcame their greed and they left the heavy, bulky pile of common quality items at the camp, planning to return later with a cart.
The bear was released by Janner.