The party set about their voyage to the northern lands of the elves aboard the fair ship Nostro, unbeknownst to them the king of the humans was also aboard that ship on a embassy mission. The ships captain, Henry, charged the group with finding the king who was taken captive with some of the other passengers. The ranger, for some reason that is his own declared, “He is no king of mine.” and walks North along the beach. Shortly followed by the gnome after reading some of her ancient tomes on local flora and fauna. The bard, imaging the heroic deeds that he might be able to sing about and regal others with, set off in a hurry to follow the path that the kidnappers went. Luckily the nature gods smiled upon him this day and he deftly avoided a trap that could have sent him to those gods. The cleric and druid showing up shortly after this fumble having actually using the ships captain to the fullest, getting equipment and supplies. His luck however seems to have run out for as he regales the eleven ladies with songs of valor he falls into the hands of a resting band of hobgoblins. However they manage to not be seen.
Meanwhile as the ranger continues on his journey northward his acute hearing picks up a noise that sounds like the weeping sobs of a grown man.