After thoroughly questioning the would-be bandit chief, the party decided to carry out their charter’s mandate to deal with bandits by sword or rope. Choosing sword, Robin Mountain pronounced judgement upon the bandit’s soul, and after a few tries, eventually succeeded in beheading him. During the execution, Etterskel took a walk in the woods. He heard a ghostly fiddle tune, but could not locate the source. They then decided to lay in wait to ambush the bandit sentries, but the sentries never came back to camp.
The group headed back to Oleg’s, with the last bandit in tow, with the intent of turning him over to Oleg, like they did with the former bandit Roneth. Once at Oleg’s, however, it became clear that if the charter carriers weren’t going to execute the bandit, Oleg was. Instead, the bandit, whose name is Camred, has become the attendant of the group, guiding Etterskel’s horse and looking after the supplies.
After a night’s rest, the band decides to commence explorations, with the aim of finding the villages and informing them of the bandit’s defeat (and also in hopes of finding the Stag Lord). The first day out, they meet a hunter, Ethew Noltke, they exchange pleasantries, and set up camp for the night. Towards morning, while Robin is on watch, globes of light surround the camp, floating in the chill pre-dawn air. Robin, ever the fighter, attacks one with her sword, at which point a bright flash of light almost blinds her, and the globes disappear.
The next day, while still exploring the plains, the party manages to get near a small herd of elk, but nothing else of note happened until the end of second watch, when, after Hucklebuddy fell inexplicably sleep, Robin noticed that her sword was missing. She roused the rest of the camp, who then noticed (editorial note: you should have, it was my fault I forgot to point it out to you) that they were all missing weapons. After Nox determined that there had been magic cast recently, a search of the area turned up small, clawed perch-marks in one tree, and the party’s weapons up in the branches of another.