The party after their tiring day of introductions split for the night with Sheriff Erida and Sigurd staying behind to join watches at the logging camp while Raspin , Alistair and Allan held their own vigil over the remaining gold at the Gray residence hoping to catch sight of what had eaten their coins. During Alistair’s watch something triggered the alarm spell on the chests and the culprit was revealed… A Xorn!
This weird lovechild of a frog, an octopus and a beach ball hopped right up through the earthen floor to stick it’s webbed hand into the chest which had been rigged with a snare around the hole. The trap triggered but the metal eating Xorn had no issue sawing through the rope while Alistair roused the residence of the Gray family house. Alistair shot an arrow at the weird little invader but only succeeded in hitting the floorboards nearby while Halfling healer Allan attempted to grapple the metal eating monstrosity only to be rebuffed gently while it fished out a bag of coins from the chest. Opening the bag and finding the contents to be copper it made a sound of disgust spilling the coins all over the floor. Raspin, seeking to disuade the thing stuffed his blanket in the hole of the chest and put his own body between the Xorn and the stash of coins. This proved a poor plan as the Xorn decided to take a bite of Raspin instead! Bryn Gray joined the fight with a will and wielded a sword and spell against the invader but to no avail. The fight escalated when Raspin once again got between the Xorn and the party’s start up capital when he using some bizzarre trick of physics known only to Gnomish factotums picked up the heavy chest and spirited it across the room. The Xorn gave chase avoiding numerous attempts to attack it and gave Raspin a hearty bite half the damage of which was absorbed magically by Allan Oldwick.
Bryn Gray, sensing a change of tactics were required, cast a spell of expeditious retreat and after grabbing the chest from Dinscor, fled out the open door toward the logger’s camp to find the burlier members of the council as the squealing Xorn gave chase followed shortly by Allan and a few feet behind Raspin.
Back at the camp Sigurd was entertaining Renard Yogryff with that really amazing story about that one time three years ago when he did that thing with the stuff when the sound of a far off commotion caught his ear. Catching a glimpse in the pre-dawn light of Bryn running full out with the heavy chest he roused Erida who took up her weapons to help assist.
The exhausted Bryn collapsed at the feet of the two warrior councillors and pointed toward the rapidly approaching Xorn. Erida, with her blunted arrows scored good blow before it closed range and grabbed a new bag from the chest intent on eating some riches. Before it could shove the pouch of gold in it’s face Erida grappled the Xorn while Sigurd, in an unusual move, attempted to reason with the creature.
Telling the creature of the need they had to use the gold to sustain the town, of how sorry they were for hurting it and explaining that they had been scared by the Xorn’s unfamilliar and frightening appearance Sigurd’s efforts were rewarded when the Xorn returned the
pilfered bag of gold to the party and wandered peacefully off into the sunrise as the narrorator from pokemon gave a stirring summery about new friends made and hinted of adventures yet to come.
Sigurd and Erida, slinging the still unconsious Bryn and the chest of gold on their shoulders headed for the Gray residence once again to rejoin their fellows. After breakfast and a bath in the river headed out to Raspin found a good sight for a future limestone quarry and had a “gnome off” with the camp cook. Erida spotted a pair of vicious dogs tied to the outer fence of the camp which she noticed showed signs of abuse and upon questioning the cook learned they belonged to the Cooper twins.
Finding the collective work force assembling outside the Gray residence for Bryn’s twice a week catering the party addressed the loggers regarding plans to commence the building of a road to join up with the road under construction near Riversedge after which they engaged the camp in a tournament of "hunkerdown’ and settled in for a good feed.
After another day well spent the party called it an early night after their early morning adventure and hit the hay.