Oleg’s Trading Post is 5 days from the city of Restov. Run by Oleg Leveton and his wife, Svetlana, the trading post provides a stopping off point for trappers in the Greenbelt. It is a simple fortlike structure comprised of Oleg’s home, a four bed bunkhouse for guests and a stables. The entirity is surrounded by a stockade wall of sharpened wooden stakes. At each corner stands a watch tower, where a ballista is mounted. However, through disuse, the siege weapons have fallen into disrepair.
Evening finds Oleg and Svetlana greeting a group of travellers. Vincze, a Taldan woman with a blue to hat, sits at the outdoor table, laying out a Harrowing. Tad, a strapping half-orc lad in common clothes, with frearms and calves wrapped with linen wraps. and Jane, a rugged trailblazer, with her white wolf, Toboe at her side. The group stands around the fire making smalltalk with Oleg as Svetlana busies herself cooking. As the sin touches the horizon, a stranger wanders in. The man, in green and brown clothing, bears the mark of the fey-touched about him.
As the group gathers for dinner, Oleg glances nervously at Svetlana. The group detects something amiss and inquires. Oleg refuses to speak of it, but Svetlana begs them for help. She explains that five months ago the bandits came, demanding tall the trade goods or they would burn down the post. With no one to turn to, the Leveton’s gave them what they demanded. For the past three months, the bandits came at sunrise on the first day of the month. And tomorrow is the first day of the month.
Ambushing the bandits, the party takes all four hostage. Their leader, a man in a hood, with a severely scarred face by the name of Happs Bydon, tells them that their camp is one full day’s ride southwest, at a ford on the Thorn River.
- Vincze hiding on the roof of the bunkhouse attempting to shoot the bandits without falling off.
- Tad, disguised In a woman’s cloak dipped in the cesspit, hobbling up to the bandits, asking “Are you here for the prunes and ointment as well?”
- Jane tackling Happs off his horse into the cesspit.
- Krystos skewering the bandit leader in the stomach with his spear.