After dispatching the goblin guards, the party slowly made their way into the dank caverns.
With Artess leading the way through stealth, they discovered that the cave was inhabited by a group of goblins with a small pack of feral wolves chained to the floor.
Attempts to placate the wolves failed, but luckily the sounds of water masked the barking and howling of the angry beasts.
Moving further up the tunnel, Terades dispatched another guard standing along a bridge with one swift shot from his arrow.
Attempts to move further in were complicated by a small embankment that crumbled under the weight of Gumarich as he scrabbled over it. The resulting sounds of collapsing rock, and the painful cry of Gumarich alerted a small cadre of goblins resting in a western corridor.
A fierce battle broke out, with blood shed on each side. The combat ground to a halt after the shriek of a goblin claiming that unless there was surrender, he would murder a human he had taken captive.
Gumarich stepped forward to parley with the enemy, who continued to make threatening gestures against the hostage.
The goblin’s offer was simple: he wanted to be the chief, but the Bugbear Klarg had subjugated and bullied the goblins into following him. Dispatch this menace and he will let his captive go.
The heroes decided that this was unreasonable – and quick as lightning Artess vaulted over the embankment and skewered the goblin with her shortsword, dropping the foul creature instantly. At the same moment Terades loosed an arrow into the heart of the remaining goblin.
The captive turned out to be none other than Sildar Hallwinter, the bodyguard of your friend Gundren Rockseeker. Weakened and abused, he was in no shape to help you at this time. The heroes decided to take him out of the cave and return that night to search for Klarg and their missing friend.
Sildar explained that he and Gundren had been ambushed by the goblins, who seemed to know right where they were going to be. Quickly overwhelmed, Sildar remembers that the Bugbear had stolen the map to a lost mine that Gundren had been searching for before he was beaten into unconsciousness.
Returning that evening, the heroes swept through the remainder of the cave, killing sleeping goblins as they worked their way towards Klarg’s lair.
Acting quickly Amara put the minions of Klarg to sleep. Klarg rushed out and put Amara down in just one hit of his massive morning star. However, with the quick work of Lyria, she was back on her feet just seconds later.
A fierce battle ensued where Klarg was pinned against the entry to his cavern. He fought wildly and dangerously, but was eventually killed. It was only a matter of moments for his minions to be killed while they were under the effects of magical sleep.
Searching the cavern, they found no sign of Gundren or his map. However, there were many provisions that had been looted – all bearing the markings of a blue painted rearing lion.
Klarg himself had an impressive treasure – hundreds of coins, a small jade figurine and two potions of healing. This was split evenly by the party, with Artess pocketing the figurine.