Changes In The Land

2. The Wolves' Den

The adventurers, the wolves, and the green woman

When we last left our intrepid heroes…

The Nasher family came under attack by what our heroes can only determine were some wild beasts, acting oddly in concert, attacking far more coordinated than one would expect.

Eurig, tracking the wolves in the dead of night, became lost, and encountered the rest of the party the following morning wild eyed, as if he had seen a ghost, rambling incoherently about malevolent forest spirits.

The rest of the party traveled across a hazardous river on their way to the wolves’ den, and came into some peril, but escaped relatively unscathed, and encountered Eurig en route. The group had clashed over their best course of action. Eurig wanted to return to town and regroup, while the rest of the group, led by Ewan, wanted to continue on the trail that would lead them to the wolves’ den.

In the end, cooler heads prevailed, and after a short rest, Eurig was able to collect himself and continued on with the party to the wolves’ den. After a couple of skirmishes with the wolves, Eurig and Henrik both fell in combat, so the group elected to find a safe spot to recover, then returned to town to fully heal.

While in town, the party met with the clergy, as well as the ranger, Caden, and the Apothecary, Siobhan. Siobhan gave them a couple of healing potions to aid them in their plight, while asking for a favor in return, and Caden, told them of some of the legends that surrounded the Green Woman that Eurig saw, noting that her seeming malevolence was at odds with the stories he had heard.

The next morning the group set out to a thick fog, and in good time made their way back to the wolves’ den. Picking their way through the cave, they noticed that the wolves they had killed the prior day had been dragged deeper into the lair. There, they encountered an additional four wolves led by the alpha of their pack, and evil Warg, who spoke in common, goading the pack to attack the group.

The Warg fell almost as quickly as battle began, however, as Eurig eviscerated it in spectacular fashion, jumping atop the beast and stabbing it repeatedly before sliding down its side and stabbing it through the jaw into its brain. The rest of the wolves continued to fight to the death, but they were ultimately no match for the party’s collective efforts.

After the battle was won, they began setting about skinning the animals to bring the pelts to town as trophies and as commodities for trading. The warg, however, had disintegrated into a pool of vile black ooze, and its body could not be recovered. The wolf skinning process was long and arduous, and when complete it was already late at night, so the group decided to camp for the night in the safety of the cave.

During the third watch, while Lydia was keeping a lookout for anything lurking in the dark, she noticed a distant figure a few hundred feet away watching her. She quickly realized this was the mysterious Green Woman that Eurig had warned them of, and the Green Woman accused her of slaughtering and mutilating her children. Lydia woke the others and told them they should run, but Ewan decided that if the Green Woman really wanted to kill them, they would be dead already, and that her frightening messages were truly just a way to try and communicate, as he could not reasonably believe that a neutral creature of the forest would truly treat something so evil as a Warg as her child. With that, he returned to his sleep-like trance and waited until morning.

The next morning as the group hefted their packs and returned towards the town, they began to pass the now familiar fields of the Nasher farm’s crops. Only now the crops looked wilted, as though they had not had nutrients for weeks…

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