Arriving at Olegs, the adventurers discover that the new encampment outside the trading post’s walls is occupied by Kesten Garress, an Anuirean knight, and his men. Kesten is on a quest to find one Falgrim Sneeg, presumably someone wanted for crimes in Dhoesone, though he seems less than enthusiastic about discharging his duties and has agreed to stay behind to defend Oleg’s from the Stag Lord’s reprisal.
Another new arrival was Jhod Kavken, an old druid of the Emerald Spiral, who claims to have had visions of a long-lost Temple of Erik, hidden in the Greenbelt (the old growth forests in the far south of Midjarna, along the Rhuide River).
After a quick stop to resupply, and drop off several hundred pounds of elk meat which Svetlana has no idea what to do with, the adventurers departed in search for the elusive Bokken to try to cure Gar of his infestation. Not having the appropriate cash, Bokken agrees to take the small, shiny, magical gem as collateral, given that they return with payment within one month (32 days).
Something large goes stomping past them in the night, but Gar and Leif are quick enough to douse the fire and silence the camp so that it just stomped on by. Unfortunately, it was heading in the same direction, and the following day the adventurers were confronted by a cyclops. Though it nearly brought the party low, they persevered in the end.
While traversing a small glade, strewn with the bones of animals and men alike, the party was attacked by a trap door spider, which was made short work of. Inside his nest was the remains of a man, nearly the only thing left undissolved by spider venom was his map to a hidden cache. The map leads the adventurers to an old tree atop another small hill, about a day’s travel from the spider’s lair, which contained several valuable treasures, including a (mostly) intact spellbook.
Finally, the party found they had to cross a river on what looked like a very…structurally compromised bridge. When testing its strength, Shaemes discovered a sleeping troll underneath. I guess it’s true what the children’s stories say about trolls and bridges…