The Nature of Things

Out of the Forest

The group is led to the edge of the forest...

After replenishing their supplies at a trader within Shaeroth, the group is led to a lift similar to that by which they entered Shaeroth the previous day, and there meet their guide, the scout who hailed them on their approach to the town the previous day. This elf introduces himself as Laric.
They are all lowered down to the forest floor, passing back through the magical field which conceals the elven town from eyes below, and from there Laric leads them along a narrow path they would most certainly have missed.
Nothing disturbs the group as they travel, and so the day passes without event. Laric leads the group off the path to a nearby clearing in which they spend the night, and then travel resumes the following morning.
After a few more hours, the tiny path the group has been following suddenly merges with a much wider one, presumably one of the more frequently-travelled (and not so hidden) roads. Soon after this the group reaches the edge of the forest and here Laric leaves them, returning the way the group has just come.
Though the road continues northeast from the party’s position, the group have been informed that they should head south (having already come quite a way east in following the path from Shaeroth). The land here is grassy scrubland, with rocky outcroppings and stands of trees which block a lot of the view. Shiraka (accompanied by Gregg) climbs up onto one of the outcroppings to get a quick lookout on things, and reports that the land slopes downward to the east, presumably dropping toward the swamp they have heard about previously. To the north and south, the terrain is similar to that in which they stand, though rises and becomes more hilly southward. To the west, the forest’s edge stands.
The group (after Gregg descends rather less masterfully than Shiraka from the outcrop) continues onward, wary of anything that might be lurking nearby. After a while, Shiraka seems to become aware of something and the group, picking up on this, draws weapons and becomes more alert. This caution is well-founded, it turns out, as the group is suddenly ambushed by a group of goblins, who leap out and charge them.



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