Aurora, Clover, Raven, Grr, Grum, and Therod answered a job posting in Delzimmer about defeating a gnoll tribe that had been attacking shipping between there and the East Rift. They talked to Tilly i Pheriannath, the source of the bounty, who told of how many of her company’s caravans had been attacked, including once when her son and nephew were taken by the gnolls. The tribe’s trademark was that it took the victims’ footwear as trophies, since it was unusable by the raiders due to their leg structure. Raven convinced Tilly to lend the heroes horses, with a promise that they could keep them if they happened to recover the young halflings alive. The six adventurers then rode out to catch up with the caravan that had left that morning.
Upon reaching the stopped caravan, the party found that the defenders and pack rothé had already been slaughtered by a single monstrous gnoll, who was finishing off the civilians. Although Grr was injured, the heroes managed to save the remaining halflings by killing the beast and a sniper hiding nearby. They then followed tracks back to the gnolls’ camp.
At the mouth of a crescent-shaped crevasse, the adventurers met a group of the tribe’s warriors. They defeated them handily, breaking the champions’ tag-team by slaying the gorger and capturing the fang of Yeenoghu as the last survivor. The latter revealed that the halflings had already been sold to an itinerant slaver known as the Meatmonger, but that their leader, the demonic scourge Afoot, was in the valley summoning demons. The heroes chose to stop him, but their prisoner refused to go along, instead staying to guard the horses.
As the party reached the altar and standing stones in the center of the valley, they met Afoot, a Spellplague-deformed gnoll with a hump and a club foot. When he saw them, the gnoll finished his ritual by calling several abyssal scavengers together to form a rent between planes. Although the magic-users were unable to close it, the portal eventually collapsed in on itself from the uncontrolled chaos energies. Grum pinned Afoot down until the gnoll was slain, and the heroes mopped up the various Abyssal interlopers.
The fang of Yeenoghu had fled while he was unguarded, so the party returned to Delzimmer. Tilly asked them to help in her further investigations to find the Meatmonger.