When last we left The Graverobbers, they had succeeded in overrunning a forward outpost of Bandit Queen Thalestra's barbarian hordes in Highfrost Pass, preventing the guards from lighting their signal fire. Kat's cohort, Ryder, was slain during the fight, and Kat and Daphne nearly were as well. After interrogating some captured archers, the party learned that there was a prisoner of war camp up by Barrow Lake, near where they had defeated Uli Blackeye over a year ago. They decided to free the captured Kaldish soldiers and use them to take Castle Drenn.
|Montilore "Monty" Bearbriar, CN Dwarf Fighter 10|
The Graverobbers descend Highfrost pass into the snow-dappled foothills on the other side of the mountains, following the ill-kept road right down to a palisaded encampment. Zel wild shapes into a hawk and flies over the camp, spying enough tents to house 15-20 men and a tower topped with an unlit beacon fire. The inhabitants of the camp turn out to be an unlikely combination: trolls and dwarves. The camp is divided down the middle, one half housing the neat and orderly dwarven mercenaries' tents, the other playing host to a scattered assortment of ramshackle dwellings thrown up by the mercenary ice trolls. Zel reports back to the party and they form a plan.