Session 9 - The Trails in the Woods Report
The group gathered up their final supplies for the trip while Miriele went to the local herbalist to restock on reagents. Entering the store she ran into Celia, a cleric that she has done business with many times in the past. Learning of the situation Mirielle was facing, Celia joined her on their trek to the possible den of villains they were hunting.
Passing through Rylye, they make a stop at the Sheriff's office to what info they can learn about the area up north. The sheriff fills them in about the many abandoned farmhouses in the northern wood and the crystal mutation in the area that drove the farmers away as the forest encroached on their land.
Continuing their journey north into the woods and with the help of their new companion, Celia, they were able to track cart movement through the dense northern woods eventually leading them to the edge of the crystal mutated forest. Black growths of crystals ranging in various sizes, shapes, and heights littered the ground and grew from the trees. The aether in the air felt different to Mirelle and Asai. Mirelle tried to reach out with a Mage Hand to touch one of the black crystals and is hit by a strange energy that disturbed her physically being, leaving her feel drained and weak. The group decided it safer to pull back for the night and camp.
In the morning, Celia continued to help track their route through the strange northern woodland. Ahead in the distance, just noticeable through the dense forest trees they spot a large building in the distance. Scouting ahead they detect some beings patrolling around the grounds. The majority of the group decided it best to sneak up on this, however, their plans are quickly thwarted by Ewan's attempt to distract the patrols with a valiant charge into battle. This quickly draws the attention of the heavily guarded compound and the battle for the farmhouses begins in earnest.