We unbarred the SE door of the castle and, with coördinated tactics, took down the owlbear imprisoned within.
We headed back to Phandalin without incident. Returned Sildar’s equipment found in the previous session. (“My stuff!”) Gundren was grateful for our assistance, and offered us 10% (total, not each) of the mine production if we help get the mine up and running.
The next morning, we set out toward Old Owl Well to confront the necromancer. On the first day of travel, we encountered a pair of ogres on the road. We had the good fortune to spot them from some distance, so with ranged attacks and steady withdrawal, we were able to dispatch them without serious losses.