Aranda was the adventurer nearest to Moonstair when she happened upon a scene of horror on the trade road. A gang of five ferocious trolls pulled and fought over the carcass of a horse. They squabbled and argued among themselves as they fought for the choicer parts. Rather than engage them in a fight alone, she disguised herself as a Dragonborn and moved silently and stealthily through the thickets that edged the side of the road.
As Aranda attempted to sneak passed them, Theren and Chant appeared on the road and spotted the trolls, though they were lucky not to be noticed themselves. The pair was able to duck behind an old stone wall to hide as they worked out a plan. Galen’s arrival a few minutes later was lucky for all of them, because with three, they felt strong enough to take on the trolls.
It was a fierce battle and the trolls surrounded Theren, Chant, and Galen, but the path was not cleared for Aranda. From out of thin air a blue Oni appeared and engaged her into the main battle with the heavy swing of a great sword and a blast of cold and lightening.
The adventurers fought long and hard, and many were injured to varying degrees, when finally they were able to set fire to each of the five trolls and ended their ability to regenerate and continue the fight. By the time the trolls fell, the Oni was no where to be seen.
Together now, for the moment, the rustle of a thicket ahead of them drew their attention and the plant was set ablaze. Immediately the screams of a human came from within the brambles. A downpour of snow extinguished the flames and exposed the injured form of a courier who sought help from the adventurers in his attempt to get back to Moonstair with a letter for the mayor.
While Chant looked after his injuries, Aranda disappeared on the road and continued on to Moonstair. Without the suspicious rouge afoot, the adventurers trusted the courier on his promise to show them a short cut through the forest. Without realizing just how close they were to their destination, they ventured off the road and into the forests.
The Oni, disguised as the dead courier, lead the adventurers on a “shortcut” through the forest. Deep in the forest, far from a path and stumbling through the underbrush, the three remaining adventurers came upon a clearing and two injured, middle-aged townswomen.
The courier disappeared suddenly, and Galen was immediately suspicious of the women and the sense they were led into a trap. From the trees they were attacked by snakes, and Galen’s suspicions were proven true as the women became ugly bog hags.
The fight was fierce, and in the end the three adventurers tied the remaining hag up on the grass. Galen set fire to her because his belief that she was evil and he could not allow her to live, which angered Theren. In the end, however, it was Theren and Chant who dealt the lethal blows and killed her outright.
After a rest and a closer inspection of the clearing and the forest around it, Galen uncovered the treasures of the bog hags and gave the bag of holding over to Theren without any expectation of loot for himself.
It took some time and some study of the lay of the land, but eventually the adventurers determined the route back to the road and arrived in Moonstair just after nightfall.