Captured by the orcs. Traveled about 15 days. Taken into the mountains and imprisoned in their stronghold.
The room was an open air prison. NPCs were taken as they awoke.
Rogue, Gish, and Bartender/Scribe/Roguem PCs used magic to up the side of the mountain face, which otherwise had no purchase to climb. Were lucky that the room they entered via levitation was the room where their equipment was stashed.
Entered the rest of the fortress, into the spiral staircase. Overlooking a conversation below, a drow giving a speech to two factions of orcs and durger. CE Rogue picked up bits and pieces that the speech giver was repeating orders from someone else, stating that the evil/underground races are planning a revolt, and suggested having the prisoners would benefit the uprising in some way.
Noticing a rivalry between the two orc factions, they chose to pit the two against each other and egress in the confusion. Retruned to the prisoners with their gear and hid in the room to ambush the guards.
Grabbed weapons from the Green Skin Orcs guarding the other PCs, left a rope over the edge looking like it frayed and broke, suggesting they fell to their deaths.
Entered the Blue Skin Orcs section of the fortress. Found poison in a room, and poisoned the alcohol in the kitchen. Left the Green Skin Orc weapons behind hoping to frame the Green Skin faction.
Blue Skins went to the Green Skin area and started a fight. Continued to explore the Blue skin area looking for an exit. Stumbled upon what appeared to be the Blue Skin leader, fought, killed her guards, and talked her into letting them go, she assuming they would be caught by other guards in the other parts of the fortress.
Entered a part of the fortress the leader did not intend PCs to go. In that area, a disembodied voice indicated he was watching the PCs, was impressed, and offered to lead them out if the PCs helped him with a problem first. A disease or infestation of some sort.
Also said that valuable things were in the fortress, which they should leave alone.
Ended up in a safe room full of food.
7000XP for the main group
3500XP for the partially unconsous group