Castien organized a party of adventurers to find out what happened to the lost maiden, Helen Plowman. Jan, Osric, Jack, Tresa and Versonas volunteered to join the party. We started out first thing in the morning, and headed to her last known position.
We searched along the riverbank near where Helen was last seen. We spent about 4 hours searching, but did not find any traces, so we headed deeper into the swamp. While moving deeper into the swamp, a large crocodile jumped out of the water and snapped at Tresa. Tresa, Jan and I closed in and attacked, while Versonas, Jack and Osric attacked it from a distance. Working as a team, we were able to defeat the creature without any harm coming to us.
I set about skinning the croc, and in its stomach, I found a large gold nugget, probably worth about 75gp. After skinning the croc, we kept going, and I must have gotten turned around, because we ended up at the river. We decided to follow the river for a ways until I could get my bearings, and we eventually saw the sunken fort on the other side of the river. We decided to keep going, and after several kilometers, we were ambushed by two bandits. Jan and I charged one of them, and Tresa charged the other. With some ranged support from the others, we quickly dispatched the enemy.
Unfortunately, there were not alone, and while the three of us were away, four more bandits charged. Luckily Osric was keeping watch, and shot one while calling the alarm. Unfortunately for poor Jack, one of the bandits caught him by surprise, and with a vicious axe swing, knocked him unconscious. It looked touch and go for a moment, especially after the bandit I was facing buried his axe in my thigh, but with archer support, and Osric doing something to confuse the other bandit, we won the day. I quickly ran over to Jack and bandaged his wounds, then while I instructed the others to check the dead, I interrogated the remaining bandit. He didn’t know much, but told us there were a lot of Lizard Folk around, and their village was not on this bank of the river.
With most of us wounded, we headed back to town, with our prisoner in tow. We got back and spent several days resting, then decided to explore the southern bank of the Blackmire. We came upon the old sunken fort, and decided to check it out. Jack nimbly climbed up the side, and lowered the lift. We all made the ascent, then went to the lower level, and found the remains of some sort of battle. We discovered the stairs to the 1st floor were sealed, so were cleared them and looked down. The stench of rat droppings and stagnant water were overwhelming. We dropped a torch, and Versonas thought he saw a giant rat, so Jack and I went down the stairs. We only got about half way and saw the room was filled with water, and none of us were going to swing in there with giant rats, so we went back to Blackmire.