Melody organized another expedition, this time to an unexplored area called the Clannach Highlands. Tarmon and Levin the Untrustworthy, joined us, and Melody hired Olaf to guide us. I guess Olaf was having a bad day, because we spent the better part of the morning getting lost and turned around. We eventually found our way to the Vespasian wall, and found the remnants of an ancient fort.
Olaf and I noticed the the ground was torn up as if by large creatures, so we entered the fort on alert. As we moved through the entry way, we noticed most of the courtyard was also torn up. Just as we were moving in, I heard some growling coming from the remnants of one of the towers. We turned to investigate, and two Dire Wolves ran out towards us. Levin enlarged me and I drew my great axe. As the first won came into to range, I took a mighty cleave out of its hindquarters, and Tarmon hit it with a few arrows.
Unfortunately for me, they saw me as the greater threat, and both attacked me, knocking me to the ground. I decided to attack from the ground rather than risk getting mauled standing up, and killed the first Dire Wolf. Levin hurled a flask of alchemist fire, and the second wolf went running into the Howling Moor faster than I could overtake it, so we went back into the fort.
I noticed the ground around the other tower hadn’t been torn up by the wolves, so we went into that tower to investigate. The main level was empty, but very cold, so we went down the trapdoor ready for something strange. The basement was empty, until this strange shadow came out of the floor and raked me with it’s claws, and I could feel the strength leaving my body. I was hit a second time before I could take a swipe at it, and my axe went right through it. This was enough for me, and I ran for the ladder.
Levin said he had an idea, and he summoned a dog to fight it. I didn’t see this helping, and Tarmon was attacked too. Melody called the retreat, and up and out of the tower we went. We regrouped in the courtyard, and decided to head back to Blackmire. On the way, Melody and Olaf fell into a Moorland pit, and startled a Dire Weasel. Levin quickly stunned the thing, and we were able to kill it before it came around.
We finished our journey without any further issues. I was quite surprised to see the Levin was actually helpful and stayed with the group the whole way.