February 5-11, 25NA
The Heralds are given the choice of two tasks, with the other falling to the guards. The first was to investigate attacks by some kind of "part bear, part owl creature" near the logging camp in the Greywinder Woods. The second involved missing families in the mountains. The first was chosen due partially to the fact that Severus Brown seems to have gone missing for the Winter.
Partway through the first day of travel, Aideen discovered that Baldric had stowed away in her saddlebags. It was decided that the group wasn't going to turn back, so he was brought along to Greywinder Village. The goblin child causes some friction in the group, but doesn't slow the progress overall.
They receive a warm welcome in Greywinder after four miserable days of chill spring rain. Meeting with Oona Bristlebelt gave them information on the "Owlbear" attack. The Heralds also spoke with a gnome named Laszlo who was the only survivor of the attack.
So the group left the village and started following the path to the site of the attack. On the first night, as the party makes camp, Gareth uses some of his magic to speak to a local bird, who warns him that animals are being pushed away from the deep woods by something that has erected thick thorny hedges.
Remnants and cloth fragments marked the location of the attack but the trail is marred by the rain. Iliken chose to manifest one of the patches from his robe of useful items- a pair of mastiffs- in the hopes that in the morning they might pick up the trail. The party makes camp.
It is nearly midnight when the Owlbears attack. One of the mastiffs is killed but the party comes out mostly unscathed from the fight.