The party mounted up and left Fallcrest, accompanying Sir Oakley and a certain minotaur cleric, named Kerigor, to Winterhaven, which was to be the new base of operations as it was only a half a day’s ride away from the Abbey.
In Winterhaven, Sir Oakley arranged for the party to dine with Lord Paedrag.
After freshening up, the party heads to dinner.
The party is introduced as:
“The Defenders of Harkenwold,
Heroes of the Witchlight Fen,
Slayers of Shadowmire”
At dinner, they learn that orcs have been raiding supply trains and ransacking homes and farms around Winterhaven. Timmels pipes up that he would like to kill all the orcs.
The next morning, the party mounts up and heads for the Abbey. Nearing the town they come across an orcish corpse, rotting in the ditch. Timmels confirms that its insignia are a match to the orcs he had followed and to the warlord he slew. Kerigor and Melgar’s sharp eyes see movement that could be orcs among the buildings, gateway, wall and towers of Gardmore.
Orin inspired the charge as the party approached the wall, heedless of the hail of arrows raining down upon them. Kerigor and Orin were both slammed backwards by the ogres guarding the gate, stumbling to the ground as the portcullis clanged shut behind them. Phalanx, Timmels, Kriv and Melgar now face the brutish ogres, and several orcs, inside the keep, while all the others are barred outside. Berrian’s storm of lightening has slain at least one of the archers on the wall, as he continues his barrage, more will fall.