The session begins as the heroes head twenty miles to the west southwest to explore undiscovered territory in their region. After almost a half of a day of exploration, the PC’s discover a long forgotten barrow that had been carved into the side of a hill. As the sun sets, the adventurer’s slowly head inside, arms at the ready. Walker and Andrei lead the party into the first chamber, when a massive cloud of bats are disturbed and begin flying towards the exit of the cave in a panic. Andrei runs out of the cave while Walker escapes further inside. Unable to react quickly enough, Walays gets enveloped in a colony of bats, which leaves him nauseated and bleeding.
After some quick patching of wounds, the party heads back inside the barrow, catching up with Walker who is waiting at the other end of the first chamber. Walker’s staff glowing like a torch uncovers four large faces sculpted into the sides of the central chamber, which Tess is able to recognize as depictions of the four winds, incarnated as malevolent elemental spirits. Walker is able to find a trap, which Walays carefully marks with chalk. As Walker raises his staff to search the easternmost chamber, he sees six skeletons which animate and begin to attack the invaders in their resting place. Six more skeletons arrive from the westernmost chamber. Tess, wanting to end these abominations, channels Gorum’s energy and destroys all of the skeletons in one radiant burst.
The celebration is cut short as a wight approached Tess from behind and begins sapping her energy. Andrei and the wight exchange blows while Walker calls lightning down on the wight and Walays casts blur on both Tess and Andrei. As the battle wages on, the wight finds itself positioned in front of one of the mouths of the four wind carvings. Walays, hoping to finish the fight quickly, triggers the trap – which unfortunately backfires as a ray of exhaustion seeks out living souls. While heavily fatigued, Walker is able to finish off the wight with a bolt of lightning which evaporates its essence
Sensing they’ve been significantly weakened, Tess and Andrei decide they need to head to Bokken‘s in order to get a restoration potion for each of them. The party rides through the night and most of the next day in order to get to Bokken’s in time. While there, Bokken asks them to bring him the pinky finger of his brother, Bonnek, as revenge for biting Bokken’s pinky off several years ago.
The party rides back to finish exploring the barrow, only to find the Narthropple expedition finishing up looting the burial site. Jubilost and Andrei trade pleasantries while Tess gives him the cold shoulder. The cavalier gnome offers the heroes some of his favored gnome wine while offering thanks to Cayden, much to Tess’ chagrin. The PC’s offer to escort them back to Tyg’s Landing, but the expedition took a very relaxed pace, forcing the party to charge ahead and have Walays spread the story of the battle in the barrow before Jubilost could offer his spin on the events.
After “setting the record straight”, the PC’s headed south to the location Old Beldame gave for where the Black Rattlecaps would likely be located. A muddy bog is the home to these precious fungi, and while gathering them, a Tendriculos arises from one of the bogs and begins to assault the group. Andrei and Tess are quickly grappled while Walker conjures a ball of flame and breaks the elemental gem to summon a large water elemental and Walays casts grease on the armor of his allies to help them slip out of the Tendriculos’ grasp. Tess is swallowed whole but is able to cut her way out of the beast’s gullet. Trying to help distract the huge plant, Walays creates an illusion of a dozen gnomes running around as an easy meal, but the plant is of single mind to destroy those who are assaulting it. Walker delivers the killing blow by striking the monster with lightning, though for the second time, a gargantuan tree comes crashing down on Tess. Walker runs over and begins setting the tree ablaze as Andrei and Walays help pull Tess out from under the tree, which is where the session ends.