The following events occurred from Lamashan 2-10, 4714.
Lamashan 3-5: More surveying and searching. No trace of either the caravan or the missing search party. On the fourth day of the month the group encounters the abandoned Fort Serenko. A thorough search of the fort revealed evidence that the fort had been abandoned several months ago in a swift but orderly fashion. A ledger found in the commander’s office seems to support this explanation. In addition, it seems that the fort was abandoned before the caravan from Varnhold went missing.
Lamashan 6-7: The party arrives at Nivakta’s Crossing and after being made to wait outside the gate until dawn by the insufferably suspicious Gatemaster Tibbons takes rooms at the Jolly Moose. After some rest, the group decides to do a little shopping for the trek across the Shrike and gather information about the wilderness to the south. At the general store, Alexander strikes up a conversation with Irsk Hobard and learns several important rumors pertaining to the Nomen Centaurs.
Lamashan 8: The group crosses the Kiravoy and continues to search for clues to the missing caravan and search party. As they enter the foothills of the Tors of Levenies, the group leaves the road and strikes out overland moving deeper into the hills. Once they reach the banks of the Kiravoy, they head downstream in a northerly direction until one of them spots a peculiar site a few miles across the river at the base of the mountains. A flock of buzzards appear to be circling over some fresh (or semi-fresh) carrion, unseen from their current vantage point. The group crosses the river to investigate and after a few hours they discover the reason for the carrion birds. The fate of Edrist Hanvaki’s brother Tomin is revealed in a shallow gulch at the base of the mountain side. It appears that the foolhardy noble was thrown from his horse and killed on impact. The horse fared no better, the poor creature having been torn in two, the upper half was missing entirely. Tracks and other evidence suggest that a chimera attack was at the very least responsible for the state of the horse remains. There is no sign of Jospeth the Scribe. Later that day, the group encounters the chimera responsible for the attack sleeping on a rock near the river bank. Failing to sneak by undetected, the creature awakes and attacks, hoping to score a fresh kill to feed its voracious appetite. Instead, the party proves to be too formidable, and the creature flees but is brought down by an arrow from Alexander at an impressive range.
Lamashan 9: The party continues on to Varnhold and comes across an abandoned farmhouse near the Kiravoy Bridge. A quick search of the farm reveals that other than a few ravens and crows the entire place has been abandoned for some time, perhaps as much as two months. A set of relatively fresh tracks (no more than ~2 weeks old) from what looks like a small group of unshod horses was discovered in the yard and around the barn. Strangely, the group also discovered three crude, but well-crafted arrows lodged in the front gate. Afterwards, the group decided to camp nearby before making the final push to Varnhold the next morning.
Lamashan 10: The group reaches Varnhold just after mid-morning. From their vantage point on a nearby hillside, they discover that the settlement is intact, however, an eerie stillness has settled over the valley. Not even the slightest wisp of smoke is seen from Varnhold’s chimney’s and but for a few raven’s not a single soul moves down the village’s wide avenues. Varnhold is as still and as quiet as a tomb.