Anja did not take a turn at guarding the camp last night. She spent a good deal of her evening with her pet, which I suspect is some kind of communion with it. She however did make a fire, which kept us warm during the night.
According to the instructions of Haps, we would find a river (called the Thorne River), which we are to follow north. Based on our estimates, we were to find their camp shortly before nightfall, which proved correct.
As we entered the forest, we heard some noise. Geri flew over to investigate, but flew back with all due haste. Anja turned towards us after the bird again whispered in her ear and shouted ‘owlbear’ Takuma looked at us, and wanted to know if we wanted to fight or run, but by the time anyone started to react, it was already too late.
Takuma was seriously injured in the fight, but without his swordsmanship, we would all have been killed. Anja seems to have a healing touch, as his wound seems to shrink after she helps him. She does not seem keen on killing the unconscious beast, but we make a point that it would endanger anyone in the region.
We went on for a while, and at some point when the sun was starting to go down, I proceeded to scout ahead to find the camp, while they stayed behind with the horses. It did not take very long for me to find it, and while I can’t make out their shapes very well, it looked like most were gathered around a large camp fire to keep warm.
When I return with the news, it is clear that Valeria is worried with Takuma’s situation. Most men die at the hands(paws?) of owlbears, when they are not mauled to uselessness. He assured us rightfully he could and would fight and did so flawlessly when the battle begun.
We somehow managed to capture the nine remaining thugs alive, including Kressel, the scary woman with the hatchets. Looking through their possessions and treasure, we failed to find Svetlana wedding ring. One of the bandits informs us that mites raided them and took the treasure that contained that specific item.
We tie them up and will proceed back to fort after a bit of rest.