After the battle that ended last session, Stent confronted Freya and demanded to know why she was specifically targeted by the shadowy hobgoblins. She claimed to have no specific knowledge as to why she would be targeted. She told Stent that she and her family came from Goldenfields, a massive walled compound equal parts farm and sanctuary to several agrarian gods including Yondalla and Chauntea. Her family was now heading off to found their own homestead and spread their way of life and faith. Cop took the time to try and explain the dangers that Gorse would be facing as he continued his training with him, but his honesty was not believed and dismissed as fanciful stories.
The caravan arrived in Greyholme two days later. The settlement is nestled between the Delimbyr and Greyflow Rivers and consisted of a large viking-style hall and village green around which were the rest of the buildings. The party noticed a smithy (the Flamehearth), a general goods store (Nendor's Nick Nacks), a small shrine, a carpenter (Greentoes), an inn (The Braids), a dock and large areas reserved for wagons and livestock. The party noted the rapid construction of a palisade wall and several buildings.
Meeting Khyrael Redshield at the hall, the party also briefly met a harried and well-dressed Jhord Cragsmere, and were told to proceed to the inn for a debriefing as the lord was too distracted to sit and listen to their story.
The inn proved to be eventful for the party after meeting the dusky Calimshite innkeeper and getting settled in rooms, everyone settled in for a meal and a few drinks. Sitting in the corner was a cowled and cloaked figure, a pale lizardfolk or dragonborn who was quietly nursing a bottle of wine. Khyrael came and paid the party for their service and offered a chance for further appointment after the party had a chance to get settled. She also have the party some background of the area, including the tensions between the crop farmers and the ranchers, led by Vilhilm Djorak.
Cop was particularly interested in Gwyneth Brokengulf, a scion of the Brokengulf family of Waterdeep, noted for their business in adventuring/exploring and capturing exotic monsters and beasts for menageries and for specialised components. She visited the party, bought the group additional drinks and offered employment down the road as well.
The final visitor to the party was someone from Stent's past. The black armoured figure wore the sigil of a bloody gauntlet on his plate armour and tried to recruit Stent back into service. He referred to him as "The Butcher" and "The Butcher of Five Wells" and the two obviously had a shared past. Stent rebuffed his offers but the stranger, Kriegar Haelt, told him that he could be reached at Djorakholt if he changed his mind.
After Stent retired to sleep off his drinks, Artur and Cop took Nor for a walk to do some investigation. They spoke to Freya and her family who told them that they could use some help in defending their homestead which was located along the Greyflow near a settlement called Hearthguardholt. They also eavesdropped on the ranchers who were tending the livestock that they had escorted and discovered that they were in terror of Kriegar Haelt, who's company seemed to be in charge of protecting the herds and the herders' interests.
The next day started with a bath, food and shopping. Of note was Artur's visit to Flamehearth where he met the fiery Janessa Flameheart who agreed to fashion him a breastplate after using some unusual measurements for size. After agreeing on a price, 400gp and dinner, Artur and the rest set off toward Aldarbar, home of Finethier Shinebright, an acquaintance of his father's.
The journey was an odd one where the party soon ran into a very unusual sheep, carrying a spell scroll in its mouth. The sheep was being pursued by a hulking half-orc, a trio of wolves and a mysterious cloaked figure. After a brief conversation wherein Guz, the half-orc, informed the party that the sheep belonged to his master, Noke, and warned them off, Artur used the spell scroll to speak to the sheep who revealed himself to be a transformed Finethir who begged for their help. He told them that his former apprentice, Noke, had taken possession his prized possession, a Wand of True Polymorph and used it on him as well as on his hirelings. The conversation soon devolved into fighting in which the party was able to defeat Guz and the animals, but not without some difficulty.