I found Keeshan exactly where I was told he'd be: fighting in the cellar of the inn, while people placed bets on him.
Considering he's the little guy, he was holding his own pretty well.
He wasn't very interested in helping out though. As he tells it, he was conscripted into the army, left behind after he was captured, and treated really poorly by the orcs for years before he escaped. And when he got home, he says people accused him of committing atrocities during the wars.
I don't know the other side of the story, but I can understand why he doesn't want to do it all over again.
Troteman thinks that I can change his mind if I rescue his former teammates who are also held prisoner by the orcs. I still don't know if I should be changing his mind, but rescuing his friends sounds like a worthwhile goal, so I'll do it.
I found Messner first. The key to his cage was kept in the wolf pen nearby. Luckily, they spend most of their time sleeping.
Messner was previously kept in the same place as Jorgensen, so he's going to lead me to him next.
Rescuing Jorgensen was easy. Krakauer, though, was strapped to an altar, about to be sacrificed by a troll priest! We rushed into the cave, hoping that we weren't too late to save him.
I almost feel sorry for that troll. He barely even knew what killed him.
The last member of our group - Danforth - was being tortured deeper in the cave by the orc's leader. Apparently, he thought Danforth had some kind of tactical information about Lakeshire. I don't know if he does or not, but I didn't plan on letting that orc find out.
That doesn't look pleasant.
When we returned, each of the others handed over one of Keeshan's possessions that had been taken by the orcs: his bow, his knife, his headband, and a locket that had belonged to his wife. When he took that last one, I could swear I almost saw a tear in his eye for just a moment.
I suppose I succeeded though. John J. Keeshan is ready to do battle with orcs again.