They examine the pile of dead bodies which fill the hilltop. An entire day is spent digging graves for the 6 fallen soldier who had been sent to build the palisade. Violet’s tracks are found heading NE. The creature’s tracks are found heading SE. Looting is performed.
5 horses, including one with a pack saddle are taken, as well as a long list of weapons.
They head SE after what is believed to be a werewolf. They encounter Loretta, and decide to help her by taking her to Fort Southwind and then the Temple.
They head W, encountering the Company of the Black Banner. A brief and somewhat tense standoff occurs before they pass each other. Pollox and Grelm make careful note of each other, while Nyx and the small one exchange hand symbols. Byron aka “Pudge” gripes about having to show the charter. He shows a charter, eerily similar to all the others.
Grelm asks about the dagger with the ruby pommel. The party conceals it.
They continue to the ford (NW). The ford is unoccupied, except for some minor site modifications, including a sign that says “Temple of Erastil, 12 miles”. They take the sign and throw it in the river.
They also find a small lean to, and prepared campsite, including a firepit with stone ring, but no one is present, nor is there stuff, save for a pile of firewood under a tarp.
They head W to the Temple complex, leaving Loretta a half mile back in the woods, and encountering, for the first time, the changes to the Temple complex.
After some tense negotiation with Jhod, they send for Loretta and put her in the water. She experiences a near drowning, and the statue breaks, the water drains away after absorbing a blackish grease off of her.
Jhod agrees to join the party when they march against the Stag Lord at For Tuskwater.
Jhod and Loretta don’t quite make up, but some tense forgiveness is spoken.