About a day out from the Keep on the Chaos Scar, while passing through a slightly more wooded area just shortly before dusk:
“A horse’s shrill scream splits the air, followed by panicked shouting and the sound of splintering wood. You think it came from just behind the trees ahead.”
Coming around the trees, the party sees the following:
Through the trees, you spot a wagon sinking into the ground. The horse tied to the wagon screams and thrashes as it is pulled back to the hole. Several men and women dressed in yellow robes and matching round, brimless hats run about in panic. Climbing on top of the wagon and helping the situation not at all is a wild-eyed lunatic wielding a length of chain with a chunk of stone at the end. He looks around, spots you, and screams, “I have foreseen this! A trap! Kill them! Kill them all!”
Akmenos stepped forward to try and convince them that they were there to help. However the sight of a Minotaur, Tiefling and Half-Orc likely did little to calm any fears.
The man on the wagon, called Pung by his followers, directed his followers once again to attack.
Druuk moved forward and knocked one of them down, as the man fell he cried out to Pung for assistance, in response Pung called out Rise Fool! at which the man struggled to his feet once again.
Keelyth dodged through the chaos of combat forming to take the horses head, hopefully to guide it to safety.
Looska had enough of the mad man on top of the wagon and charged the wagon in hopes of knocking Pung off. It succeeded, however it proved too much for the precarious balance of the wagon over the hole. The wagon and horse plummeted down 20 feet, destroying both.
Pung landed beside the wagon to the sound of shattering glass. A strange glass box had rolled out of his grasp when he fell. A strange, insubstantial floating creature, about the size of a large dog appeared.
That’s when the giant ants showed up. They crawled up out the hole in the ground.
One of the ants, a large aggressive one, managed to grab Looska and stung her a couple of times before it was finally killed.
Akmenos killed Pung, and when an ant grabbed the body and dragged it down the hole he chuckled to himself. That is until a look of dawning realization crossed his face and he cried out: “Hey! Bring that back! I want his stuff!” However he had to turn back to the combat and the strange creature that had appeared.
The ants distracted the party long enough that the strange fell creature slipped past them and fell upon one of Pung’s unconscious minions. With the ants dispatch the four members of the part fell on the creature.
Afterwards they we’re uncertain of what they faced. One person said that upon defeat the creature had disappeared in a cloud of smoke. Another said it seemed to ‘turn sideways’ and disappear, another said it had dissolved into ash and blew away. In any case they found themselves with three dead people. Rifling through the pockets turned up about 20 gold pieces. A relatively large sum of money…
They also picked up the broken glass box.
After that the party wished to put some distance between themselves and this strange place before they camped.