We had our first encounter with the Orcs today. I did not expect to see them so soon, but I guess it confirms everyone’s fears about the mounting Orc threat in the area. It was a small group, easily dispatched. The group is becoming a cohesive unit, utilizing each other’s strengths to gain a tactical advantage in battle. Strategy is becoming more and more prevalent in our small party…but the big dumb rock needs to control his hatred of Orcs from time to time. We now have the local theive’s guild rallying to strike back at us as a result of his impetuous actions toward one of their half-orc members.