Wen and Highbough are still considerably closer to where they began than the distant Alcazar, even though the exact location of the Ring is obscured somewhere beyond numerous dune ridges. They thankfully turn their backs to the scathing wind--which has been lashing their faces with sand all the while--and begin to trudge back in approxiately the direction they came from... or so they best believe.
Alas, after approximately half an hour of trudging through the red dunes, keeping a low profile, they realise that they must have gone astray. Surely the Ring was not this far into the desert?
All these dunes look alike, and their was recently a reckless pursuit. The wilderness pursuit ruless state that players are automatically considered lost after a pursuit, but as the Alcazar is a reliable landmark in sight, it makes more sense that our Elves themselves are not lost, but instead have lost the exact location of the Ring. Therefore, they will have to search for it...
Will they locate it right away? 1d6=2, so no.
Meanwhile, the ref checks for another encounter: 1d6=4, so nothing. Yet.
the Elf Medium (MV 12", AC 9, HD 1, hp 1/1, AL N) great cloak, lantern
; spells: color spray; scrolls: sleep, sleep, charm person
Hirelings: Georges; torch