The party, led by Taman, begin their trek to escape the Red Thicket. As they advance through the forest, Genma explains that he and the group of survivors had been searching for the party for several days before stumbling upon them by accident. After several days of exhausting travel, they eventually stumble onto a small clearing that appears to be safe
spoiler alert: it wasn’t. In the clearing, they see bushes of bright red berries. Rosalinde and Alex, against better judgement, pop some.
after Taman and Andraste chug a bottle of wine they prepare to commune with Selune. Alex speaks with her, asking her: if Gery is alive, if Gery’s kidnappers are in the Red Thicket, and if the Ewer or Braa’den is in Alton (yes, no, unclear). Afterward, he falls asleep immediately and Andraste takes first watch, where she bravely chases off a badgers one of which strangely bears a resemblance to Alex…jk, watches some poor dude deal with berry-related stomach issues she conveniently doesn’t notice that he doesn’t return, and hears the howling of far-off wolves.
Taman takes the next watch, and as he and Andraste and trading places, Rosalinde also begins experiencing berry-related stomach issues
see, if she’d just listened to her elders this wouldn’t have happened. When she fails to return, Taman rouses Loghren and goes after her.Instead of Rosalinde, he finds heavy bloodstains and scraps of clothing, along with large pawprints.
He returns to camp, discussing what he found with Loghren, who then proceeds to wake everyone up to tell them what happened. Unfortunately, this send the group into a panic
and wakes up poor Andraste. He and Taman are able to calm the party down after a few minutes, and then discuss what to do as a group.
They decide to split the party
yeah cuz that went so well last time, and send Andraste and Taman after Rosalinde and the other missing survivor. They follow the tracks left behind by whatever took Rosalinde, as well as the blood trail. The pair eventually comes across what sounds like two creatures conversing in a language neither can understand. The creatures, who are standing over a dark pile of cloth, are armed with spears, and appear to have canine features.
The creatures are soon joined by six others, and they haul away the pile of cloth, which is clearly Rosalinde’s lifeless body, and dart off into the forest. Taman and Andraste debate what to do, and eventually agree to split up even further, with Taman following the creatures and Andraste going back to camp. Before they split up, Taman kisses Andraste on the cheek
Taman follows the creatures, and gets into an altercation with one when it straggles behind the main group. Taman is able to kill it successfully, and decides to head back to camp. On the way back, he grabs some of the scraps of Rosalinde’s clothing to show the others.
Meanwhile at the clearing, Andraste tells Loghren what happened before trying to sleep again. Taman comes back about twenty mintues later, and gives the bloody clothing scrap to Alex, who breaks the news to Rosalinde’s sons. They don’t take it well, but Alex is able to calm them, at least for the moment
we need to ditch these guys they suck tbh.
Soon after, the group begins to move again
and once again Andraste’s sleep is interrupted. They eventually come to a huge cliff of stone and rock. Before advancing, the group decides to send someone to the top to scout ahead. Too tired to make the climb herself, Andraste give Loghren her climbing pitons, and he is able to make it to the top if the wall of stone Loghren you owe me ten pitons…
As the party begins to move, one of Rosalinde’s sons, Billy, begins to cause drama
I won’t forget that “pompous elf” comment, Billy…. They press on, and Alex walks next to Andraste, asking her once again about the incident in the cave. And once again, she refuses to answer his questions, and Alex drops the subject I’ll never tell you my secrets! Never!.
In the front of the group, Taman spots shadowy figures moving through the mist in front of the group. The creatures from before emerge, and attack the group. After dropping a couple, they unleash an owlbear on the party. Andraste kills it like a champ, though, totally saving Alex and the rest of the group
like the true hero she is.
As the battle ends, Loghren’s spear is finally fully charged…
and Alex pops two more of those berries. Just an reminder