After their failed attempt at a subtle investigation of the Wolf Clan’s outpost, the adventurers spent some time at Oleg’s to recover from their wounds and hurt egos. On the 11th of Pharast they were gladly surprised to find a lesser noble at their doors, Kesten Garess, with his wife Tania, his household and a dozen or so warriors, who offered his support for their expedition into The Greenbelt. The group decided to take their time to examine the man and his offer. The next day, a few of the party joined Kesten Garess in a hunting trip to the edges of the forest to the south.
At the evening of Fireday, the adventurers arrived at the forest, killing some boar and rabbits. However, the party noticed dozens of lights coming their way. A quick investigation revealed a small army of Wolf Clan members heading their way, led by the woman with the two axes. After a brief skirmish, which was meant to delay and confuse the approaching troops, the heroes rode back northwards throughout the night and the morning of the following day, to warn the rest at Oleg’s.
The deliberations and preparations for the upcoming battle lasted for a few hours. In the end, the heroes decided to trick their attackers, who outnumbered them at least in a proportion of one to three. The party would make it appear as if the trade post had been hastily abandoned, luring a part of the invaders within the palisade. The adventurers and Kesten Garess’s warriors would hide within the various quarters of the trade post. A soon as a sizable group had entered the fort, they would spring their trap by closing the heavy doors of the palisade and surprise attacking the bandits. When those within the fort had been dealt with, the defenders would concentrate on the forces that remained outside the walls. Because of her physical strength, Neega was chosen as the one who would close the gate.
The plan worked handsomely. After luring a group inside, the defenders quickly defeated them. However, as soon as the bandits outside the walls realized it was a trap, they began climbing the palisade. A vicious fight ensued, where one third of Clan Garess’s warriors were slain, and most of our heroes suffered serious wounds and were beaten unconscious. Nevertheless, the heroism and bravery of the defenders finally drove the attackers to surrender, not in the least because its leader, the woman with the two axes, was knocked unconscious.
Although the mysterious Wolf Lord had not shown up himself, it was clear to the Expedition that they had won an important battle, and that the threat of organized banditry in the Greenbelt had been reduced to a large extent.