The group of misfits turned effective adventuring crew found the secret entrance to the Druidic Vault of Thorns. However, there were a number of unexpected encounters found within, with elements of the Feywild bleeding into the pocket dimension. Undeterred, the band found the cache of weapons stored within, and returned to the Keelboat relatively unscathed.
After a number of uneventful days traveling upstream, the captain reported that the his ship would be unable to travel up the tributary branching towards their final destination, Redlake Fort. As such, the party trekked through the woods, and the wild-shapped Carroll scouted ahead alone. Though there was some unwanted interactions with the denizens of the fort, Carroll returned with valuable information, and the team discussed possible dam plans.
Unfortunately, the nonchalant conversation was overheard by a roving patrol. Unsurprisingly, a fight broke out, and all but one of the enemy party was slain. A lone orc surrendered after the Hill Giant leader was felled, and willingly answered questions in exchange for his life. It was decided that the captive orc could act as an intermediary to the Orc leader, in the hopes to benefit from the discontent between Orcs and Giants.
The meeting with General Karrguk didn't quite go as planned, as the night's entertainment would come first; a man (well…Dwarf) vs. bear (well, bears) contest. Not wanting to leave the Dwarf to defend himself with just a skillet, Yuki jumped (fell) into the bear run between the bears and their meal. The majority of the Giantslayer crew helped out, and though the dwarf was left bloody and unconscious, he did survive the fight. General Karrguk seemed pleased.