We settled down for the night and I took first watch with Thaydron and Ianward. Pawldo had vanished on us, as one might expect. Before long, a couple of large gray skinned two headed humanoids with a dog – all following the river toward our camp. Goltus was able to understand a portion of their conversation. Apparently they are hunting the same gnolls as we are, however we didn't trust attempting to parley with them. We watched them intently and quietly.
The Ettins crossed north of us, but are working with some Ogres that are passing to the South of us in their search. Each of the groups has a dog for tracking. And are using chunks of gnoll to keep the dogs scented to the pray. The Ogres are wearing chain rather than hide, and both groups appear to have some military discipline according to Ianward. The concern generally is that these creatures don't generally work together unless there is some power entity which they fear requiring them so to do. The Ettins catch the trail we were following, and the Ogres joined them. As the dogs followed the gnolls both northward and southward the band became confused and the trackers headed back down the river from whence they came. The other three headed north along the trail of the gnolls we were tracking.
Once they passed, we got Thaydron two hours sleep, broke camp, and moved to the north side of the river to a different thicket where he could use his magic to hide us away again. Afterwhich we resumed our rest and recovery from the day's fight.
It is the year Year of the Gauntlet, month of Kythorn, and morning of the 6th day. We awaken refreshed and Ianward suggested we return quickly to Akkadia and check on our settlement to ensure it is still secured. He suggested the gnolls and giants might be at war, and we are not in a possition to take them on. I seconded the motion. We discussed the need to explore the tunnels and find out more about this cult we have discovered.
Hiding our trail using Thaydron's magic we moved to the place that seemed odd. We found a large lake, nearly an inland sea, to the east of Akkadia. We travelled for a couple of days and arrived at a place in the river is a section that appears to be flowing in an odd way.
I cast a detect magic after we fully scout out the area around us, though I found nothing. There is a mile segment that has a slowed flow, and the river appears to have been managed for construction. There is a pipe giving off heat coming up from the depth of the river. Further observation tells us the area here is preserving a submerged area where the water is maintaining a calm. After some time we determine there was a collapse into a tunnel, probably dwarven. Some form of heat is still active from their forges or smelting plant. After exploring we rest.
It is the year Year of the Gauntlet, month of Kythorn, and morning of the 8th. We began our return to Akkadia, and expect to arrive by the morning of the 10th.