As the party camped for the night, Jaeden caught a villager attempting to steal from a militia cart and coerced him to leave it be. He then reported the would-be thief to village leader Stojen in the morning as everyone readied to continue the journey to Welwyn.
During the day’s travel, Jargar became aware of far off voices in the hills, giving him an uneasy feeling. After consulting the others, Blackwood sent his familiar out to investigate. The black owl immediately took notice of a band of orcs travelling parallel to the road, watching the caravan with great interest. As Jaeden expected, the band waited for the caravan to stop and make camp before attacking. Six orcs came out of the darkness, and clashed against the party and its militia. Of the redeemed bandits, a woman named Tamyra Gylfie of the Violet Hills village threw down her crossbow and engaged in single combat with a towering orc. She seemed absolutely fearless in the face of its greataxe. She took a few blows, but with the help of the party, the orcs were slain.
Despite being somewhat sore in the morning, the caravan loaded back up and made the final stretch to the city of Welwyn. There, for the first time in his life, Cho saw the city gates were closed. Outside of it were dozens of carriages and tents from other caravans who had also come seeking refuge in the city of milk and honey. Apparently, the guards had been given the strict order to not open the gates. Stojen tried to pull strings, claiming he was the childhood friend of the mayor, but Novak denied knowing anyone by the name of Stojen. Cho also had his parents summoned to the gates, who were excited to see him but lamented that they couldn’t convince the guards either. Blackwood and Stojen worked together to forge an invitation from the Mayor, but it was promptly discarded by a guard who noticed it bore no official seal. Jargar even tried to intimidate the guards, and though he succeeded in striking the fear of Torm into their hearts, they cried that they would lose their jobs if they opened the gates.
Meanwhile, with his expertise, Jaeden found a sewer outlet big enough to enter. He and Cho readied to sneak into the city at dusk, along with the help of Blackwood’s familiar. Though Jargar could not, in good conscience, follow.