The masked saviors began their preparations to enter the Last Woods and confront Pyfegremár. They traveled over the hill to the village of the Mudscar clan orcs, where they were made to feel quite unwelcome and asked to leave after taking care of their business. They paid a visit to the village’s shaman, who was able to supply them with a few potions he kept on hand, and was happy to spend a junday working on a special order for potions of acid resistance. The party took this opportunity to rest in Lokesh‘s home. Before they could complete a full rest, Lokesh’s hut was visited by a mob of orcs wielding torches. They demanded that Lokesh expel the adventurers, and attacked them on the way out. The party couldn’t deter the bloodthirsty orcs even by leaving Lokesh’s home, so they fought to the death. When the party returned to the Mudscar village the next day, they seemed to have earned a grudging respect from the local orcs for their show of strength.
The party entered the last woods, a cold and dark demesne with even less light then the starlit shadowlands. The path that Lokesh normally took was mostly undisturbed, but the creatures of the forest laid in wait and sprung ambushes on the party during their trek through the wood. Without any sort of woodland expert, the party had a difficult time navigating the forest, and had to fight off a pack of boreal wolves, as well as a pair of enormous ogre spiders.
Deeper in the woods, the party started to notice strange structures built from uprooted trees, one of which was near the trail. Tessa broke off from the trail to investigate. Although the structure had no obvious entrance, it seemed to be built around a pile of vegetable refuse. Tessa also noticed an abundance of clicking and tapping sounds coming from nearby bushes. Critters of some sort were watching the party’s antics, but they did not reveal themselves. Axxel and Calliope broke an entrance large enough for a person to fit through into the structure, and Axxel went in to investigate. Upon disturbing the refuse, a red cloud of spores blasted outwards. Axxel resisted the toxic mold, and his continued prodding revealed an old skeleton buried under the refuse which had fallen victim to the same russet mold.
The trail led up and into a similar structure, this one much larger, with an entrance big enough for a large creature. Two short humanoids apparently composed of vegetable matter flanked the doorway, each holding a primitive spear. The creatures, called vegepygmies, allowed the party to enter the structure unhindered. Inside, a winding trail led through several rooms, up a hill and into a bank of purple haze. As the adventurers explored deeper into the haze, it became difficult for them to keep their bearings. The foreboding feeling prompted Talathel to magically analyze the fog, which seemed to be similar in nature to mind fog.
The party steeled themselves and continued deeper into the fog, and soon found themselves once again outside the chamber. Calliope magically conjured wings, which she used to keep the party relatively clear of fog while they continued up the hill. Finally, a set of stairs led the above the level of the psychadelic fog, into a clearing. There, the green dragon Pyfegremár laid curled around his treasure: a withered tentacle, upon which multicolored mushrooms grew in abundance. He greeted the party, unsurprised at their presence, and apparently interested in why they had come.