AS the party wakes, save for Odin, who eschews sleep with the help of the spell Keep Watch, they are unsure whether they should return to Belta or continue hunting Almiraj (Jackalopes). They decide on hunting. In order to cover more ground the party splits into two, though it seems that perhaps the idea is the segregation of the Dwarves. The h-orc barbarian charges a lion who is feeding. The attacks does not cripple the beast as the party was hoping and it turns into a real fight. However the lion is quickly surrounded and dispatched. As luck would have it the lion is eating 3 more Jackalopes. The party harvest the horns and obtains a meal of lion for later.
They then return to Shishkabob though they encounter 2 crocodiles at the river. With the help of darkness from Finn MacCool the crocodiles are handicapped and everyone takes turns crossing on the boat.
When they get to Shishkabob the party goes to see the elder who reveals that the Almiraj horns, as marks of the prowess of the hunter, are traditionally used as weapons made not for the purposes of hunting food but for killing a person. The horns turn a body killed with it to stone. The party immediately begins to search for the best way to make their horns mpre deadly. They have Odin turn one into a javelin using spare parts for collected javelins the first day. The next Odin crafts another and they pay 100gp to a tribesman to create a knife for them.
The following day sees the arrival of representatives of all the nearby tribes. Most are human though there are Kobold as well as Orc tribes. There is even one tribe who arrives on the back of an Elephant and Rhinoceros.
The tribesmen gather in the expansive stone building that the Shishkabobeians use a storage for the surrounding food. The local elder explains to those gathered that he called the meeting because the representatives from Belta would like to propose that Belta join in the alliance of the tribes. Finn MacCool, Morc and Dwinn (Adwarf Dwitler) take the stage. They propose that because Belta specializes in trade they offer to the tribesman access to the trade goods that are only available far beyond the reach without the technology Belta has. In return they would like to have access to the food the land south of Belta can supply, if worked properly. As some tribesmen begin to show that they are amicable to this arrangement an Orc stands and adamantly opposes the acceptance of Belta in the alliance. He explains that they came to this land and attempted to take what they could. When it became clear that they could not freely have the land they sought they now seek to make empty promises to obtain through guile what they could not obtain through theft. As he walks out of his seat he says that it is impossible to reconcile how Belta has acted and so he leaves explaining that the mountain will marks those that side with the transgressors.
Marvik, Odin and Dwinn (Adwarf Dwitler) follow the orc out and attempt to persuade him, saying that they understand that Belta has not acted as they should though in the future this will be corrected. The orc says he would sooner take the word of Belta over the word of a dwarf. Marvik challenges him to a fight, the winner conceding the others point. The orc says he fights only to the death. Marvik accepts on the conditions that no weapons are used. The orc stipulates a starting distance of 100ft in open desert. The conditions are agreed and the orc leaves for the meeting place. Marvik return to the meeting hall and announces the challenge and why he felt he had no choice but challenge, for the good of Belta and the tribes.
Marvik starts the encounter by slowly closing the gap but remaining defensive. However, when he sees that Thranock is a magic user he abandons this approach and rushes to get a close as possible. Before he can do this a Giant Centipede is summoned. The monk attempts to skirt the insect but it charges in and attacks. Ignoring the minor threat Marvik moves closer as he dodges both the rays of fire and the harrying stings. Marvik begins the assault as Thranock continues to douse the area in fire. Before he falls the monk remembers the healing berries his Druidic friend gave him and manages to consume them before it is too late and then renders his toothy adversary unconscious. With utmost formality the local elder hands Marvik his horn to finish the challenge. Thranock dies, skewered by Marvik outside of Shishkabob.