After taking on new retainers (including the alchemist’s apprentice previously rejected) the group sets back out to the caves. The next lair is inhabited by bugbears, Leading to some particularly brutal fights. One of the new hires is nearly killed, only surviving by the intervention of magic – losing an eye and needing a month to recover. The treasure amassed by the bugbears is surprisingly large. Questioning one of the captured bugbears reveals a troubling explanation for this – they creatures here are advanced scouts for a full tribe of bugbears – at least 50 in number. They where hired by the robed humanoids the group spotted the first time they arrived at the caves. The tribe is waiting on word from the scouts to descend on the nearby town.