With all haste, you all make a run for it out of the Cacti field with the rescued prisoner in tow.an excited and exhausted tone: “Thank you! Thank you ever so much,”
the man exclaims, doing his best to keep up with all of you.
Looking back, one of you see a tentacle sweep across the ground and catch hold of the two dying gnolls and drag them into the sinkhole. You can hear the howls of the other gnoll still conscious and very well alive trying desperately to escape, but you never see him above the sinkhole. After a while, there's a cloud of dust and the howls muffle, presumably as the creature returns back under ground, with gnolls in tow. The howls haven't gone unnoticed though. A caw from Katja and Laron is signaling you all to take cover.
Looking back, you see several other gnolls leaving town and heading into the field. You watch carefully to see what they do. Soon they're near the location of the digger and look about briefly. After a moment, the gnolls leave, returning to town with no concern. Seems they attributed the prisoner's absence to the digger and the gnolls were just careless. Seems a good assumption on your part by how casually they return to town.
As one of you is about to stand and leave, you trip on something. Looking down, you find it to be a mummified pug with a bit of string attached. The ground nearby is disturbed. It reminds you of the area back there at the dust digger. Picking the mummified pug up, it's recognized by Ox as the same pug that Dashki had as a trophy.
Continuing on your way, you finally reach the Old Monastery. You find your return has a welcome party.“Well, I see you found a dust digger. Nasty creatures. Able to sneak up from beneath your feet and you never even know it's there until it strikes,”
says Hadrah, wife if Hadrod, the camel driver whose goat, Rombard, you had rescued previously.
Almah then appears from the monastery. “What's this? Where'd he come from?”
she asks looking at the man.“He was being taken from town out to the field as some type of cruel sacrifice to the digger. after fighting the Dire Boar, which was what the four gnolls were feeding each day in the building southeast of town, and beating it, we were about to head off to the next building we planed on. We couldn't leave him to their will, so we intervened,”
says Eli.“Honestly. It's like each time I send you to town, you're coming back with someone new. Is this how you plan on getting me back the town, one person at a time until the gnolls have no one to oppress?
Well, I suppose there was not much else to do. We couldn't just leave him there, and rescuing him was the only choice. who are you sir?”
The man looks up, “My name's Oxvard Ma'am. I'm a member of the Lions of Senara, Ma'am. Perhaps we've been heard of?”
Seeing no recognition from anyone, he continues.“I came to Kelmarane with five other members of my party, explorers from the distant nation of Cheliax seeking treasure in the far off deserts of Katapesh. I've already seen several of my companions murdered by the foul gnolls, but I believe that my friend Felliped may yet live. Felliped escaped the gnolls recently, but I suspect he hasn’t been able to escape the village entirely and has been forced to hide out in one of the ruined buildings. I am a cleric of Abador and wish to offer any services I may have to these men and women who rescued me. I haven't any spells, but tomorrow may be a different story.”
I don't remember which time of day you chose to attack the boar, early in the morning, or after feeding.
If it was before feeding, it's still morning. This whole episode took not more than three hours. The sun is up for two hours, and you still have at least five hours before the gnolls feed the unknown creature in the building across the river, and the boar that is now dead.
If it was after feeding, then it's the same amount of time past, with about the same amount of time before sunset.
A woman of endless purpose, “Will you be returning to town to take care of whatever is in that other building, while there's still time?”
She signals to Garavel to show Oxvard to the kitchen for a meal and any care he may need.