These Bandits may be a even more organised than I had thought, and perhaps the small humanoid that ran through the party's camp last night Does have something to do with them after all after he was dragged away by the two that ran from this camp.

Aellias still seems unable to retain his sword in his hand, although the surprise at being dropped in a mist by Darvin probably did not aid his concentration. 

I am not sure what called the undead into being as they followed the runners but they are also something that Mr Evenwood is going to have to consider, perhaps a link can be found in some of the histories of the area