Dael'or - Gilded Vale and surroundings
Xzarth was sick and tired of this blasted porridge and Xzarth being unhappy was always infectious. Mostly just because the brute wouldn't shut up about this grave injustice to his stomach. The party had heard the old cook might be kept somewhere around Valewood so the party set out to look for him and maybe claim some bear pelts, they had heard from a villager that someone got murdered by some bears up in Valewood. Perhaps the fool had some valuables on him and even if he didn't, bear pelts always yielded a decent amount of coin. In all their haste however Zhara forgot to don her armor which she only noticed when the bear quickly punished her for this mistake. She was lucky Proszk was in the process of charming the bear as he hit her. "If this was one of my pack this smoldering fool would have been nothing more then a pile of ash." he exclaimed.
In the end it appears the fool in the cave was betrayed by his friend, betrayed by his own weakness more like it thinking he could depend on his fellow man. Nevertheless Sardta atleast manages to find a stash with some minor trinkets in the cave and proposed to see what the knowledge of this villagers deed might be worth to him. After the man payed us and left with the dead man's women, e threatened some dwarf to leave the miller alone since he offered some gold pieces for the job. Then we finally got out of this town towards Magran's Fork to see if there was any loot to be found there. This time Zhara donned her armor, she wouldn't be dependent on any of these people especially not that deranged cat lover. They wandered around killing some wolves until they ran into a Forest Troll protecting a corpse. Dael'or quickly proved her worth by paralyzing the creature while the rest of the group beat into it.
After meeting a strange man named Durrance (they allowed him to be their lackey by managing their possessions and following them around) the group happened upon two paladins and a mage. Without warning they opened fire instantly knocking Sardta out with a necrotic lance, Dael'or however charged the mage and quickly paralyzed her with a flick of her wrist while proceeding to fill her with holes with her trusty rapier and dagger. In the mean time the rest of the brutes were ravaging the paladins.
At Black Meadow our friends ran into the thieves who stole the shipment from the Smith, now Dael'or couldn't care less about this smith but she knew that the reward for bringing his shipment back should be a fine one. The group was looking to set up for an opening volley with ranged weapons when suddenly they were scared up by a cry as Xzarth ran straight at the bandit's campfire screaming "Flee fools for Xzarth is here to end your worthless lives!". The rest of the group saw that the shout had intimidated the group of bandits so they saw their chance clear to charge in behind him, get some hits in and quickly reinforce Xzarth with some magical defences. After Dael'or managed to charm some of the bandits to help in the battle it was all over but the looting.
Note: As I'm getting further in the story from Caed Nua on most likely I'll skip the more mundane fights but since these are the starting fights and often not that easy I thought I'd cover them also to get in the flow of the story telling. If you have feedback on this please let me know, I know the story doesn't always read well I see that later when reading back my post however I'm also trying to balance between having the story be great and actually also spending some time playing.