We start moving from Friendly Arm Inn, and, before long, get waylaid by something largely unrelated to our goal. A druid sitting in a small camp accuses us of killing his druid buddies. The guy has clearly lost his marbles, and won't listen to reason, so we have to take him down. He summons a bunch of animals, which is not smart since Minsc has a "charm animal" class ability. While we are fighting, another druid comes to help. As he explains to us after the battle, the guy was his friend before the local bandits, the ones we're after, killed all the other druids in their group. He witnessed the slaughter and went nuts, and is now attacking every bipedal creature he sees. The druid tells us to go further north, and we keep moving until we find the "Bandit Camp" location.
We follow a conspicuous road and notice a bunch of igloo-looking tents in the distance, but don't charge them.
No, that's just what they EXPECT us to do. We follow the road until we hit the northern border of the zone and then go east, entering the camp from it's rear and taking out auxiliary groups of hobgoblins, before moving on to the main group waiting near the entrance. Rounding up all the loot is actually much more difficult that killing those bandits (I guess putting all the baubles and coins one at a time, in a bunch of different burlap sacks and crates is more "Feng Shui" than, say, piling them in one place in a great big hoard). After a while I get lazy and start sending party members out alone, just so I can cover more ground and speed up the clearing of the camp, which almost gets me killed as I miss the Miniboss guy with a +1 Hammer in a crowd of mooks. He actually gives us a what for but, thankfully, goes down without killing any of the party members.
|See if you can find his corpse!|
|Look at that thing! This tent is so pimp it has A GAZEBO!|
After the fight is over I make a beeline for The Big Chest but, unfortunately, am blocked by the bandits' prisoner named Ender Sai. He asks me if it's time for his execution, apparently confusing my group with his captors, which is strange since, while we certainly look the part, he has just witnessed us murder all of his guards. Which also raises the question why haven't the bandits killed him yet, but then again, he's a main story NPC so whatever.
|"These aren't no ordinary bandits!". What are you, Canadian?|
The plot thickens.