The party defeats the southland patrol and returns to rest and recuperate with Annabelle Cirrus and her Halfling refugees. After several days at the eastern camp, they take the three day trek to the western camp. The following day, they hear the sounds of battle and the sound of a Warder’s war horn and rush to provide aid. The party arrives to find an Avenger, terror of the Kisharan armies, about to lay a finishing blow on Warder Erik. The party intervenes and slays the Avenger, though not without divine intervention in Banagher’s aid.
After the battle, the find Warder Xander dead in addition to two dying Society soldiers, Fern and Donus Farrier, both from Sergeant Sergei Volkov’s unit. Donus’ dying breaths were to impart to Alton that he was a loyal Northman and not a traitor, and that he should go to “the source of the gun” and to “ask Futz, he knows a secret he doesn’t think he knows”. It appears to the party that there was a battle between the two Warders and a group including Donus and Fern, and then the Avenger and over a hundred orcs and goblins came across the conflict quite on accident and took advantage. Erik single-handedly slew the entire company of greenskins, but was overwhelmed by the Avenger in the end. This also, notes Gronk, marks the first time the Kisharans have been connected in any way with the greenskins – a tiding that not only bodes ill, but sheds a grim light on the decades since the Kisharan invasion.
With the bodies of three of their fallen brethren and another critically wounded, the party hastily begins the long trek back to Hillcrest.