Summary of events (hopefully I didn’t leave out anything important):
Several days in the stank basement and the Necro- errr, I mean Magic User dumped the Orc Captain, Necromancer and Zombie bodies into the pit trap and pulled the planks over to your side. Then he got all cozy in the Necromancers bedroom until everyone else awoke. After a few more days of working up their strength, the party exited the manor through the blown out kitchen (after one of them fell back into the basement of course.). On the way down the road, they came across two dead men and another dead owlbear. The men had marking of the Rotten Ring.
Upon getting back to town, Harold at the Inn was most surprised and impressed to see you back alive. They all thought you were dead (you’d been gone about a week). Dishwasher boy ran for Olab the sheriff and Harold thanked you for everything and told you your friends had come looking for you, loaded the obelisk on a wagon and claimed the reward for the “cleansing”. On the way out of the inn, a cloaked man stood up, put his hand on the Thief’s shoulder and said “Nice to see you again” but just before he could stab him in the back, another cloaked man blackjacked the first man on the head and he went down. You recognized this second man as one of the Gnome’s fighter guards who tells you it’s time to bail out of town NOW!
So you all load up into a wagon and head West back to the crossroads at which point you turned south. As darkness fell you pulled off the road into a wooded area and made camp. On the magic users watch, he created quite a stir with a commotion about footsteps, voices, ghosts and all manner of nonsense.
Upon waking, a foul stench was in the air, so pursued through the woods to it’s source, there was the remnants of a great battle between a number of adventurers and a young red dragon – all now dead. The Thief looted all he could find, but was interupted by a Gnoll and his Kobold henchmen, demanding half of the loot. Party don’t play that so they charged – two Kobolds dead, Gnoll escaped. Magic User tried to taxidermy the dragon to no avail, but there was some good stuff found. Though you are all no less salty about those bastards stealing your reward (both monetary and reputation-wise).