While traveling the road to Mortham Tower on the lake, the group spies smoke rising in the distance. They discover a hamlet with a burning storage building. Mr. Brooks, the town spokesman assures the PCs everything is fine. After attempting to inquire more about the circumstances of the burning building, the hamlet’s constable, at direction from a mysterious cloaked figure, orders the PCs to move on, “You have disrupted the hamlet long enough!”
Suspicious, the PCs leave by the road, then circle around behind the hamlet. Tansy uses stealth to approach a barn and discovers villagers, mostly children, being held hostage. With some scrying, Belamdil is able to see Mr. Brooks being threatened by an armored woman with a wolf on her shield. Reeve recognizes the wold sigil described as that of T’lath, a despicable deity and direct enemy to Glo’ir. He determines the woman must be and Anti-Paladin.
A plan is thrown together and the group attempts to sneak up on the barn as Reeve hovers overhead on Kealani. The main group is spotted and 5 orcs rush out to meet them. Reeve, initially wishing to help his friends is redirected by Kealani to the barn and to face the Anti-Paladin.
Reeve encounters the cloaked figure, a half-orc spell caster and the Anti-Paladin. The battle is fierce and deadly, but Reeve triumphs over the Anti-Paladin and skewers her unconscious form on the ground. Kealani is satisfied with this.
The cloaked half-orc is bound and unconscious. Two orcs are allowed to leave by Tansy and Belamdil as Tansy finishes off two of their fallen comrades. The hostages are reunited with their families and all thank the group for the rescue, but stay clear of Kealani as he has retained his bipedal form and is somewhat intimidating to the villagers.