Chel’Gal, Drusila, Kourage, and Mire continued north to scout the Mines of Dekanter. As they approached, they encountered a group of laertis, who said that they were not expected and should leave. Negotations eventually broke down, and most were slain, one captured by the monk. As others near the mine entrance started to notice the commotion, Mire sent his familiar to distract them. Before being swatted back to the Feywild, it spied a dozen giants and many times that number of Dekanter goblins and laertis. The necromancer sent the corpses of the slain patrol to create a diversion while the heroes backed off.
Making camp nearby, they interrogated the surviving laerti. After Afkor informed him that he was working for a mind flayer, the descendant of slaves was willing to tell what he knew about the various forces gathered under the Beast Lord. Meanwhile, the hobgoblins from Mishka’s Warren in the High Moor passed by, and the adventurers spoke with them. They seemed happy with their deal to go to battle alongside the Beast Lord’s troops, so Mire used a suggestion to send them off with a little influence. The laerti was also released to spread dissent among his people.
Going back to the Tor of Swords, the team rested while Afkor and Erjka sent sendings to civilization. With others informed and trying to muster support, Afkor suggested that they work on trying to undermine the Beast Lord’s alliance. There were rumors of unrest in southwestern Najara, so they went back south to the road and circled around toward there, while also moving closer to Mishka’s Warren in the west.