The group descended into the fertile valley and camped smoking and preparing meat and leather after fighting an undead version of the ranger (who they buried in the fertile valley) and a hatchling Remoraz. The characters also adopted three hunting dogs they took from a hobgoblin.
Finding the Dwarven Mines the party began trying to clear a path through the old cave ins and fought off goblins invading the area. The party is currently 1 month into summer and there has been discussion about turning back and regrouping for a second expedition. (Seasons are even so 3 months summer, 3 months fall, 3 months winter, and 3 months spring).
The party cleared the mines of a stone serpent, goblins, and a grey ooze and stayed an extra week to excavate some garnets from the old dwarven mine. On the way down the mountain they encountered an ogre, troglodites, and some wildcats. Pressing on to the island they were set upon by a mad priest and a giant constrictor snake. Trying to camp for the night they were ambushed by a necrophius and several undead serpents. Moving out to the plains they were able to rest some before being attacked by a set of Druergar.
Badly beaten the party made it down off the mountain and headed for civilization. After a brief encounter with some goblins they made it to Sarbreenar where preparations were under way for King’s Festival, a significant fair in the area celebrating the old dwarven king Halav. A bath, a nice meal, and a good night’s sleep was welcomed by all.
The next morning they found the priest Aralic had been kidnapped by orcs, the church was burned and his acolytes, a dwarf named Damund and a human named Kavor, had been killed. The party set out for the orc lair and made quick work of the orcs within managing to rescue Aralic. Aralic warned of a greater danger below the orc lair and Gabby and Hana stayed to guard the Priest while the others descended into the depths . . .
More collected, not yet split.