After leaving the group of Orcs, the party begins to make their way east towards Korloth. While their travel through the forest was mostly uneventful, a hulking creature seemed to be following them (or at least traveling in the same direction). Thankfully the group was able to keep their distance and did not have to confront the creature.
As they exited the forest, and continued their travel along a well worn dirt road, they came upon a group of four men in armor searching through a wagon, while two people lay on the ground. The group claimed that they were simply exorcising their right to claim a tax for the use of the road. Tiyeri was very suspicious, and the conversation quickly lead to a prolonged fight. The fight lasted longer then either side probably would have expected, if only because for a time it seemed like no one could land a solid blow. Finally, with a bit of luck and Barwell’s anger, the group was able to dispatch the four men. They quickly helped up the couple, who checked their things, and set about on the road through the forest, undisturbed at the prospect of meeting an owlbear. In addition to finding a number of coins upon the bandits, they also located four semi-precious stones, a Dark Grey Stone, a Milky Pink Crystal, a chunk of Amber, and a cut Green-Yellow Stone.
With this detour completed, the group quickly found themselves at the gates of Korloth. Barwell noticed that for a major trading hub it was very strange that no one was waiting to get in. A conversation with the guards quickly reveals that there were some gruesome murders that locked down the city. When the party mentioned that they were looking for a group of Orcs, the guards immediately sent for more guards to escort them to the Captain. After peace bonding their weapons the guards escorted the party to the barracks, where they met an older guard with elaborate armor, Gregor, the captain Jon Lukas, and a man who spoke many languages with blue hair named Arlain. During their discussion they learned that the orcs (and one of the elves) had been killed, their eyes removed, their possessions taken, and their innards placed into rune-like shapes.
Realizing that the sword was now gone, the party agreed to help in hopes that they would located this missing family heirloom in the process of the investigation.