On 14JUL00, The Party (minus Arawn), traveled to Marikest on hearing from Alard Hucrele that the mining town there had been subjected to a number of raids by a band of orcs, and that those orcs had settled in the local keep ( Brightstone Keep) atop the plateau which contains the mines.
Alard spoke to the Duke of Reeton, and secured an offer of the deed to the keep if the party managed to defeat the orc band and clear the keep.
Upon reaching Marikest, the party scouted the keep during the day, thus avoiding the daylight-sensitive orcs during their observations. That night, Sharwyn and Roland managed to silently kill two orcs patrolling the walls, and injure a third before the alarm was raised.
The following night, the party managed to get into place outside the keep and avoid an outgoing patrol, after which they engaged eight orcs and an orc sergeant on the walls of the keep. After this coup (during which they managed to sustain only minimal injuries), they managed to set an ambush (on Farhad’s suggestion) for the returning orc patrol, surprising and utterly destroying a further seven orcs and another orc sergeant with minimal injuries to themselves. Looting the corpses yielded a decent treasure haul.
After some time healing and regrouping, the party plans to hit the keep again in a day or two.