The party, plus Mirna and her two kids, carting the body of Thel, head south back through the tunnel and exit into the small wood. As soon as they exit the tunnel, Nilsa gasps. Near the tunnel entrance is a Redbrand who has clearly been strangled by a rope.
Glynquinal offers, "A room at the inn may be the best thing for them for a day or so before returning to a 'normal' routine again. I wouldn't trouble yourself over that Redbrand either. He was offered an opportunity to do the right thing, and he declined to his misfortune."
The group decides to take Mirna and her children back to the inn. She looks concerned about this and ready to protest, but some skilled persuasion by Herr Doktor convinces the woman to trust their instincts. They head west back toward the town. As they pass the small farmhouse on the eastern edge of town, the front door opens and a halfling woman gapes. "Mirna?" she asks. Finally, a smile spreads her lips and she hurries toward the group, a little halfling boy holding a small wooden sword being left behind, still standing in the doorway. The halfling woman clasps Mirna's hands, looking up into the woman's dirty and beleaguered face. "Oh, Mirna, it's good to see you alive. We thought for sure the Redbrands had killed you, too." She releases one hand to touch the arms of Nilsa and Nars, smiling at the children. When she realizes that the dragonborn is carrying the body of Thel, her face collapses in sorrow. "Oh, Mirna."
One of you explains that you're trying to get the family to safety, not mentioning the inn, and the group leaves the halfling woman and her son behind.
OOC: Feel free to interject something here if you'd like.
They pass the place where they fought the Redbrands and continue down the road to the Stonehill Inn.
OOC2: It is a little past midday. The Inn could be busy. Do you just enter, or do you have another plan?
Glynquinal is very much looking forward to a bath and a good meal, but he thinks Ian has a better idea. Remembering the first big fight with the Redbrands, he remembers never searching the building they had been standing on the front of, and decides that visiting that spot again to look it over would be a good idea.
Ian moves ahead and enters the tavern looking for Toblen or Elsa. Toblen is standing behind the bar. The elf moves to the counter and waits for the innkeeper to approach him. When he does, Ian leans in and asks quietly, "Is there a rear entrance and an obscured way to get upstairs to the rooms? My friends and i would like to get up to our rooms unaccosted."
Toblen looks taken aback. His eyes dart about, and he asks softly, "Why? What's going on?"
As the party returns to town, the Herr Doktor Professor will ask around for where Darran can be found. He recalls how the old adventurer aided them against the Redbrands, and wonders if he has a place to shelter Mirna and the children.
"If the Redbrands strike back at us," he tells the party, "we should make certain that innocents will not be hurt."
He then gestures towards the body carried by the mighty Rock.
"Darran appears to be a priest of some sort. He should be able to see to it that Thel receives the proper funeral rites."
Glynquinal tells the good Herr Doktor, "Ian and I will look for him later once we are settled here."
Tired of waiting for more conversation, and just physically tired, Glynquinal moves forward and enters the inn, heading straight for his room. Keeping to the outside of the tavern room and making an effort not to draw notice as much as possible from the other patrons.