Agust 6, 1066: The party rested at the lodge for another day and on the morning of Agust 6 followed the trail of the hunter. They decided to turn back when the light along the trail grew dark and the temperature fell rapidly. Rather than continue directly, they decided to return to town.
On the trail out of The Black Forest they saw four bodies that had been recently bludgeoned to death. The two Humans, Elf, and a Halfling were patrol members from Rasmark. None were any the patrol were well acquainted with, but in a town the size of Rasmark everyone pretty much recognizes everybody. The Wood Woads and Twig Blights that killed the four surprise attacked the party. Afterward, Oak Herder informed them that he warned the patrol not to enter the wood, but the patrol was concerned that the party had not returned and went in to find them.
Agust 9, 1066: During the previous day or two the party rested and got some news and information about what had been happening. Wella told Lunnin that Sauls the wizard had traveled to both a cave down river from the Halfling farms and entered the Black Forest in the area Lunnin knew was near Nobu Keep. From speaking with Copenhagen and people at The Bough, some "travelers" had arrived in Rasmark and were seen entering The Black Forest. A bar maid had overheard the group being pleased that nobody seemed to have gone near "it" since the last time, but didn't overhear what "it" was.
Federin spent some time with both Sophia (Town Pillar, Human) and Immeral (Town Pillar, Eladrin). Prior to arriving at Sophia's weapons forge, Federin saw Nicomacheus leaving the forge. During his conversation with her, she mentioned that Nicomacheus made the suggestion that Federin might need some assisstance. After leaving and speaking with Immeral, Federin and Sophia discussed some matters about what Federin was looking for. Somewhere among those conversations the mention of an old watch tower south of Rasmark was mentioned. It seems the Gnolls who live in those hills have decided to claim the tower for themselves.
Agust 10, 1066: The party returned to The Black Forest, spoke with Oak Herder about The Hunter's Lair, the Lost City that the Eladrin stole from the Elves, and the Crow People, then headed north to speak with The Derranged Hermit, who made a fuss about starvation, malnutrition, and the general lack of ground up meat delicacies in his diet.
Two Humans and two Elves traveling together were on their way to the Lost City. He also mentioned a strange cloaked human poking around Nobu Keep, which the party later found was Sauls who seemed occupied with the star chart found on the floor of one of the lower rooms in the catacombs.
They left him behind and after some travel finally made it to the edge of the Lost City.
Experience: 390xp + 4785xp = 5,175xp