Crulamin’s scouts have recently located a gang of orcs setting up an encampment within 3 days ride of the western fields of Kylamm. He has asked a small band to go out and scout the area in advance of the small force of 50 or so soldiers he is bringing. This band includes Cupshigh Wankershim, who would act as an engineer to map out any of their defenses and report on the best way to attack. It also includes Wojstorm Riverhammer as the party’s leader, Bodewhin Coopersmith as support, and Olokas Blanderblunder as the expert at getting near the camp stealthily.
Upon first sight, the party understands that Crulamin’s small force will be sorely outmatched. There are at least 80 orcs in this encampment, as well as roughly 10 goblins, a bugbear captain and an orcish shaman. It becomes even more fearsome when the party witnesses a group of skeletal pack animals dragging lumber to and from the construction area. Furthermore, the shaman is ordering the goblins to continue construction on a series of seige engines, spear-hurlers which discharge multiple missiles per shot.
The camp is a simple clearing with a few tents, a small construction area where the engines are being built, and a hut from which the shaman operates, which is neighbored by a stack of crates filled with undetermined things.
It does not take long for the scouting mission to turn sour. Olokas, brashly acting as he always does, thinks he has a way to magically mark the shaman, as an assured way to allow Crulamin’s archers to target him. Olokas, with a smile, looks to his questioning friend Cupshigh, and says “I got this,” as he casts invisibility upon himself. He creeps close to the shaman, but all goes wrong when the fell orc turns directly to regard him, and immediately enthralls the gnomish illusionist in a charm.
In moments the hapless gnome has revealed himself to the shaman, and points to the west, where the force from Kylamm approaches. He then turns and gestures east, up the hill where his friends watch from a vantage point. The shaman grunts and murmurs to his bugbear captain, and everything goes to hell from there.