Drugo, Gallion, Nottall and Ricardo were able to jump on four horses left there. They began a long chase through the street of Cillamar. The attackers were heading south east, toward the breach in the wall that leads to the swamp road.
Even if they appeared to be really skilled riders, two of them went down thanks to the darring act of Nottall and Ricardo, who shot them while riding.
The pursuit went on out of the town. The riders, who were clearly faster than the Fellows, started to bent SW, pointing their horses toward the Ul Dominor Mountains. The mountain range is preceeded by a set of lower relief.
The attackers passed through a small gorge, with the fellowship at their heels.
In that very moment, a landslide was triggered.
The pursuit were abruptly interrupted. The company of four however, did not give up. They circumnavigated the landslide and thanks to Gallion, they regained the right path.
as they proceeeded through the woods, the group was ambushed by a group of Gnomes, lead by a female of beautiful appearence (though a scar on her cheek stood as clear sign of her temperament). Drugo, tried to sneak on one of them, as he spotted the attackers well in advance, However, he got caught from behind Surrounded by the enraged mountain gnomes, the group was thinking of trying to negotiate (in fact they appeared to have mistaken the company as part of the mysterious group with the tipped scale), when Gallion decided that it was time to teach the gnomes that no one attack the company. He prepared to cast a mighty spell. The fickle nature of magic however, betrayed him. The failure was made even more miserable by the rain of arrows that showered on the poor Elf. Luckily for him, Ricardo was not far and saved his life.
They were asked to surround the weapons (and Gallion was gagged and tied up). Soon it appeared clear what was the problem: they were mistaken for members of the tipped scale!
luckily, Sandrine the warleader, was a reasonable person and listened to their explanation. She agreed to take them in front of her father, the Gnomes’ Chieftain. They traversed part of the forest in order to reach the system of cave that the Gnomes call home
Once there, everything became clear:
the tipped scale men were kidnapping gnomes and gnome children! The chieftain told them that the group had a small outpost in an area of the mountain not too far from there.
The chieftain had a plan for our fellows: since it was too risky for them to try a direct assault, as they would immediately slaugher the children, he asked the group to directly intervene, as their connections to the gnomes would not appear direct to the occupants. The proposed pact was “you save our kins and we let you go – since in anycase you were crossing our territory”. To seal the deal, the chieftain offered a guide to them, that would let them get closer without being notice. He also requested to surrender their monetary belonging, since, even if they proved not to be part of the tipped scale, he wanted to be sure that the pact was respected.
The company decided to leave the day after. During his morning wondering, Drugo came across an altar of Ildavir. while he was praying a young gnome approached him, whispering that he knew that the tipped scale did not kidnap the children. “they were the Shi’ hel” (a sort of deformed and twisted Gnomes believed to be a mere legend).
This event puzzled a lot Drugo, also because the kid was called “Pon”.
Once they reached the area of the outpost (after being almost chased by a mountain lion), they devised a plan to get closer to the redoubt, since it was sitting in the middle of a clearing.
with some difficulties, they managed to get in, only to discover that 5 guards were there! Soon a fight start, but the group simply overwhelmed the defenders. The noise of the battle attracted more people. Thanks to the darring action of drugo ricardo, nottall and Galion, they were able to subdue all of them (though the battle tide almost turned when the big bad cleric managed to cast a powerful spell.
Searching the redoubt they were able to retrieve one of the letters of the priest. Apparently some escavation are going on near a place called “Castle Blackheart”. They were looking for a sword, apparently, called "Kreken. Another note mentioned a place called Castle whiterock, and the urgent need to recover an artifact from there.
finally, they manage to free also the Gnomes. while looking for the keys, they made a terrifying discovery: there was no Gnome children among them. In one distant cell, the corpse of a weird looking creature. it matched the descripton of the Shi’Hel.