So, Aleera had a bit of a heart-to-heart with Jaroo, and got reasonable, if not fully satisfactory answers to her questions; the rest of the group negotiated a deal with the leatherworker for a set of DragonHide plate (for Aleera) for a paltry 500 gold, which was easily obtained with the sale of the +1 mace the group recovered from the body in the moathouse. Coming back to the moathouse, the group got the drop on a gray ooze, and proceeded to kill it before it could so much as think an oozy “wtf?” and rolled over (it would have kicked its feet up in the air, but this is VERY hard for an ooze to do) and died. Then, the point man was ambushed as he went down the stairs by a pair of gnolls (no, neither of them was grassy), which, truth be told was the exact reverse of what I expected.
(note to self: the players can drag a LOT behind a horse. Even a middle-sized dragon…)