Sent by Sir Steele, Kiernan Ome Ochi joins the party in Clear Creek and their first stop is the Drunken Logger Tavern in an effort to gather information regarding Vincent Taggert, one of the wanted men. They find the tavern to be empty save for the barkeep; most of the townsfolk are out taking care of daily duties and the loggers that frequent the tavern are on the job.
The party speaks with the barkeep and discovers that a man matching Vincent’s description has been in town and the barkeep believes he works as a driver for one of the logging teams. Armed with this information the party makes their way to the stables in an attempt to track the wagons used by the teams to haul wood. They find several sets of tracks that head west toward the forest, but one set of tracks in particular appears to be relatively fresh when compared to the others. Following the fresh tracks the party comes upon a logging team working on the edge of the Scolandi Forest.
As the party approaches the loggers a man that had been sitting on a horse drawn wagon sees them and stands up, when he does so the team notices he is very gaunt and wiry and his limbs appear abnormally long. The party asks the man his name and he tells them that his name is Colin Piper, but the party detects hints of deception, the man appears very nervous, and he easily matches the description of Vincent Taggart.
Kiernan lunges at the man and takes him down where he holds him while Dlarun places the arcane collar given to them by Lady Kendar around the mans neck. When he does so the runes etched on the collar flash with bluish white light and the man begins to plead with them to let him go. The loggers stop their work and approach armed with axes demanding to know why the party has detained their driver. The party manages to talk their way out of a confrontation with the loggers and the loggers reluctantly return to work and allow their driver to be taken into custody.
As the party leads the man back to Clear Creek he continues to plead with them to let him go. He explains that he was an unwilling participant in the escape and that he had to run because during the escape an inquisitor and several guards were killed after which the guards/inquisitors began killing everyone whether they were attempting to escape or not. Vincent ran and came to Clear Creek with two other escapees: Tamara and L’varr. Vincent claimed that Tamara and L’varr left Clear Creek and as far as he knew they went into the Scolandi Wilds. He tells them that Tamara had left with the local trapper named Shane Killough a few weeks ago and the trapper has failed to return. The trapper’s wife, Sarah, is beside herself worried to death about her husband.
The characters begin discussing what they plan to do with Vincent and whether they want to take him along while tracking down the other two or if they should take him to Vollandar first. At one point the discussion turns to the possibility of killing him at which point he attempts to flee. Dlarun casts a quick spell and a trio of lights appears in front of Vincent which causes him to stop short and lose his footing. Vincent falls to the ground and Kiernan is immediately on him tying a rope to the collar.
The party returns to Clear Creek and asks about Sarah Killough at the local general store and the clerk there directs them to Sarah’s hut. The party finds Sarah at her hut where she gives them a map of the various traps that her husband had set. Sarah explains that this woman had asked her husband to escort her through the forest to some unknown location and he agreed to do so but that was several weeks ago and he has failed to return. Sarah doesn’t know if her husband ran off with the woman or if he has met some sort of untimely end. The party gives Sarah a gold piece to help her and her young daughter, Jan, a small blonde haired, blue eyed girl as Sarah claims they have no way of making a living without her husband.
The party makes their way into the Scolandi Forest but soon finds that night brings almost utter darkness as the thickness of the trees blocks out the light from the moon/stars so they decide to make camp for the night; they tie Vincent to a tree.
During Dlarun’s watch he notices Vincent fumbling around messing with the rope. Dlarun confronts Vincent and Vincent attempts to convince Dlarun to just cut the rope and let him go; he pleads with Dlarun hoping to gain some sympathy but Charlie and Kiernan wake up and overhear the conversation. Kiernan cuts the conversation short telling Vincent to simply run already so he can shoot him. They threaten Vincent with death if he continues trying to escape and Vincent tells them that he will not attempt to escape again. Kiernan, growing weary of Vincent’s whining, gags him with a bandana.
The next day the party sets out for the trap area marked furthest on the map and when they arrive they notice there is a trap with a dead squirrel or small rodent in it which appears to have been there for a few weeks. They don’t have much time to look around as they notice humanoid figures attempting to sneak up on them and surround them. The party draws their weapons in time for a group of orcs to spring forth from the foliage around them.
The party kills the orcs but notices that Vincent is no longer in sight; they see the foliage rustling and hear the sound of feet running away from them. Kiernan throws a javelin that he picked up off of one of the dead orcs but the concealment of the forest prevents him from getting a clear shot. Dlarun fires his crossbow and the bolt connects. Vincent stumbles and falls, a crossbow bolt buried into his lower back/side. Kiernan drags Vincent back to the site and the party makes it clear to Vincent that another attempt at escape will result in his death.