Ches 4, 1372 DR
The party finds themselves standing in the midst of a burned out elven village in the Moonwood, sky overcast and snow covering the ground. A young elven woman named Jellenna had escaped an attack on her home by a large group of goblins. Finding the Boar’s Tusk Inn on the Moonland trail, she asked the group she found there for help, offering the goods the goblins stole from her village as payment for their help. Her younger sister, Faela, was with her when the attack happened, but they were separated while trying to escape.
Searching the remains of the village, Tictok discovers a small child hiding under a ruined building and Berrian finds a Cooshee, an elven dog. Both are reluctant to approach the strangers, but Tictok magically charms the girl. She is Faela, and she tells the party of the goblins and their wolves, and that they were led by a large ugly goblin who stole the elven elder’s necklace before killing him. The goblins leave a trail in the snow to follow through the woods.
The party soon comes upon a camp set outside an old ruined tower further into the Moonwood. Barrian sneaks forward to see a dozen goblins and a few wolves milling listlessly about the camp, but when a large hobgoblin emerges from the tower, they become more attentive. As Barrian describes the situation, they notice someone also hiding nearby, a drow making hand signals. They attack the dark elf, who runs off, attempting to escape. One of the wolves hears the scuffle and dashes out, chasing the party as they chase the drow. Berrian catches up to the drow, who accuses him of helping the goblins. Berrian realizes that perhaps they had the same goals. The wolf caught up with Tictok and Valas, but is quickly disposed of as Berrian and the drow return to assist them.
The drow, named Ciarra, tells the party that she lives in the Moonwood, protecting it in the name Eilistraee, trying to follow in the footsteps of her hero, Drizzt Do’urden. She also found the elven village burned and followed the trail to the goblin camp. She suggests that she lead some of the goblins away from the camp while the rest of them attack the ones that stay behind.
The plan works, as the hobgoblin stops the entire group from chasing after the drow, suspicious that his wolf chased something the other way. The party attacks the camp and Tictok charms the hobgoblin, making the rest of the battle go their way. Tictok was allowed to examine the amulet the hobgoblin wore, the one taken from the elven elder. The ruby-like stone on a silver chain appeared magical, but he did not know what it was. The hobgoblin tells Tiktok that his group is from the Chararstaukh tribe and was hired by a drow female to retrieve the item for her.
The other group of goblins return, unable to catch the drow, and their hobgoblin leader tells them not to attack his new friends. But the party realizes they need to take care of the goblins before the charm wears off, so Tictok takes the leader to find his wolf while the others attack the remaining goblins and wolves. Ciarra returns to help, but both Berrian and Vallas are badly hurt in the fight before the final goblin runs off.