Upon entering the house, the party discovered ruin – the house looked as though it had been torn apart. After a search inside, the party found the lifeless bodies of a woman and young child. A diary told the identity of the two – the wife and child of Margil.
Expertly following the tracks of a large group (orcs, with a man in their midst), they tracked for several days and eventually caught the group as they had made camp.
They formulated a brilliant plan involving a minstrel and a horse, thinned the ranks of the enemy, and fell upon them with swift bow and blade. But within the tent, an unexpected surprise – the ranger they had been sent to save was in league (even leading!) the group of orcs, pressing forward this whole time for some unknown purpose.