After defeating the creature in the barrow, the group returned to Tusk. When they arrived, they learned that a messenger had been sent from Tatzlford requesting their aid. Korjun also found an anonymous message nailed to the inside of his door, asking to meet.
The group went to the shore at midnight, as the note stated, and meet with the"ghost" from Vanya‘s hut. Ghost, as he is called, was a hoarse voiced elf that used magic to conceal himself. When it was clear that his magic wasn’t enough, he revealed himself, but was still concealed by his clothes and the dark.
Ghost was belligerent and very unfriendly. He stated that he was tasked by Vanya to inform the group that the trolls are on the move, and that she feels that something is coming. He revealed that both Vanya and Yakob have “wild blood.” He also asked if the group had seen any of the strange flowers.
In addition, he had a personal request. He wanted to know why the elves, and specifically Tessara, their leader, had come to Freehold. He gave the group advice on fighting the trolls (which did not turn out to be terribly helpful) in return.
The next morning, the group left for Tatzlford. They didn’t receive a very warm welcome from Kirkwell, the guardian of the town. They learned that five of the townsfolk, hunters and trappers, had gone missing in the past week. Kirkwell found troll tracks in the woods just south of the town. Jhod had come to the town to help protect it, but even then Taztlford wouldn’t be able to withstand an attack. The group set out the next morning to track down the trolls.
Ram was able to find the tracks that Kirkwell had seen, and followed them through the southern Narlmarches. The tracks wandered and doubled back several times, showing that the trolls were not very bright and had to use landmarks to guide them.
While following the tracks, the group came across a strange clearing, littered with animal (and some humanoid) corpses. While investigating, they were attack by a huge tree monster. It’s branches were razor sharp, and several of the group suffered serious wounds. After a pitched battle, they were able to bring the beast down. While searching the clearing, Ram and Nikolai found more strange flowers that turned to dust when pulled from the earth.
Continuing to follow the tracks, the group saw a keep in the south west. They were warned about this place by Ghost. He told them that it is an ancient elven ruin that has been taken by a group of murderous fey. The group gave this place a wide berth, and were not harassed by it’s inhabitants.
As the days went by, the group had been gaining ground on the trolls. Finally, in the far south, they found them. The trolls attacked on site, roaring and demolishing the woods to get the group. After a difficult and bloody battle, the trolls were dead, and the group was seriously injured.
The group rested and tended to their injuries, knowing that the trolls’ den must be close by…..