In Hunxe, the group find the hamlet destroyed and all remaining citizens are hold up in the quickly repaired local Inn. After some negotiation, Reuben secures some bandages and a cauldron of watered down soup for the refugees. They are allowed to sleep in the barn but warned of dark shapes snooping around at night. Guards are set, with the Elf staying outside – bow drawn, and the Dwarf Ironbreaker Hagar Skallhelm on the collapsed wall in the SE corner. The refugees huddle around the weak fire and an abandoned cart. Sure enough, the badly protected building is attacked by a mutant goblin band from the woods. Its a long fight, with Reuben nearly dying to an Orc with a lashing tongue and quicker blade, but the Dwarf manages to kill the Orc Boss (marked as a favorite of Khorne the Chaos God by a symbol on his forehead). This becomes Hagar’s 1st skull trophy.
The dawn finds the group nursing their wounds and suffering from the Galloping trots – obviously the soup was badly made! They need to find a healer for Reuben quick so move off back to the road towards Schonninghagen. On the way, they find a crate lying in the road with “WH” stenciled on the side. Breaking it open they find a drugged child of about 8years inside.
The child is unable to be woken so put him onto the makeshift cart with the comatose Reuben and reach town by mid afternoon.
The large trading town of Schonninghagen is a mustering point for troops from elsewhere in the Empire to move to the front lines and is thus bursting with soldiery. Refugees fleeing the war have also spread into outlying fields such that the town has doubled in size. There is no food or shelter available anywhere except out in the open.
Hagar nearly starts a fight with some drunk soldiers outside a pub while Reuben is taken by cart to the Garden of Morr where he is tended. Almost a 3rd of the refugees dissapear during the night to make their own future even though Elsevir finds them all food and the group has spent the evening fishing. During the night, Reuben has his first prophetic dreams and requests to perform the rituals to become an ordained Priest.
After a crazy shopping spree the next day, the group leave for Grubentreich with the remaining refugees still suffering from wounds and gut rot. They find a broken coach that was run off the road apparently by a flaming skull which Hagar fixes into a dragster by dismantling his own cart for spare wheels and the group trundle into the village to offload the refugees.