So our merry troupe of adventurers went out to explore new areas around the settled area.
Having already explored north west, south west and south east of the planned settlement, and north being across a river and therefore defended against, south was the direction taken.
Being a densely wooded area it was slow going but not to long into the first day a building was found towering up through the trees.
Half the group scouted ahead while the rest followed at a bit behind keeping a lookout on the top level windows and woods for possible ambushes.
When the vanguard, consisting of Harald, Darius and Enea, set their feet inside the building, which was pretty burnt out, a swarm of snakes set upon them.
With snakes slithering out of the second level windows, the rearguard set to action shooting them down.
The snakes were taken out with only one serious poisonous wound taken by James, but being a dwarf he just shrugged the poison off.
The house was found to have been some kind of forge, but the usefulness of it was in doubt.
A big part of the area south of the settlement was scouted in the following days and several things were found; troll tracks, a large pack of dire wolves, a pit of guano and at least a pair of basilisks.
And with all that found, the party decided to explore in another direction, further south east of the settlement. And that is what happened the very next day, with the exception of Silithane and James.
Quite early tracks of a large cat animal was found and followed to a den with a large panther in the grass outside. It was deemed a target of the settlement and the fight was on. Bolts flew through the air as the fighters charged forth towards the panther den. With the panther engaged by the group, a new larger panther charges out through the underbrush and attacked. Also a trio of large cubs emerged from the den. Though with the mighty support of superior ranged attacks, the panthers were soon down or run off. Harald took a few pelts as trophies.
Tracking the fleeing cubs the party surprised a dire wolf and charged it. Another six dire wolves then emerged around our brave heroes and they had to fight a bloody battle, tooth and nail to keep the wolves at bay. At long last, the dire wolves broke and ran away, not a moment too soon. Wounded and exhausted the adventurers returned to the base to rest up. Both a panthers head and a wolfs head was taken as trophies for the tavern.