Ambushing the Bandtis
07:00, Fireday, 1 Gozran, 4710 AR, Age of Lost Omens
You spend the better part of the evening and some of the night preparing your ambush for the bandits. Sergei sets up on the southern palisade wall, hidden by the sharpened logs of the wall itself and a stack of crates on the side facing the yard. With the help of a ladder, Tallamor hides on the roof of the stable, behind a jury-rigged platform Oleg nailed into place with some crates and barrels for cover; hopefully, the bandits won't notice it, since it resembles a platform from which the trader might make roof repairs. Aleksandra hides in the stables near the ajar door, sword at the ready, while Castille hides in the storage shed, fully armed and armored.
That morning, when everyone is in place, you wait in the twilight before sunrise with baited breath. A cool mist hangs low in the air, covering those of you outside in a layer of fresh dew. Then, shortly after the sun rises, Sergei hears something: the pounding of hooves on muddy ground. The bandits emerge from the mist: four of them on horseback, leading a pair of horses without riders behind by a lead. They trot right through the open gateway, dismounting. Oleg is waiting for them in the yard, Svetlana safe inside their cabin. The bandits don't even bother drawing weapons. They all seem to be armed with bows and short swords, clad in leather armor with hooded cloaks. Two of the horses are equipped with pack saddles, no doubt to carry off their ill-gotten gains.
One of the bandits, the tallest and most muscular-looking of the bunch, steps forward, giving Oleg a shove.
"You're up bright and early, Oleg. Where's your wife, eh? Getting your 'taxes' ready?"
The goons behind him chuckle stupidly.
Oleg remains stoic, although his ears are burning bright red, even at a distance. The bandits don't seem to have noticed you... Oleg glances at the cracked doors of the stable and storage shed, then at the southern palisade...