Our brave team of adventurers had entered the caverns and tripped a trap wire which caused 4 flares to go off on the sides of the cave entrance and encountered 2 creatures which they could not see asking for a password. The dwarf offered a response of “my Warhammer” which caused the result of getting two darts launched at them. Other members of them team tried to intimidate or cajole the gatekeepers into letting them in which lead to a critical botch by the halfelven sorcerer. The guards responded by launching another 2 darts, one scoring a critical hit and nailed the human warrior right in the throat, dropping her immediately. The team recussed her whilst the dragonborne paladin carefully made his way up to the two spy holes and using his breath weapon blasted the wall, frightening the guards away from their post.
After that, the team followed the passage and found it split right after the secret guard post and decided to head down the passageway to the right. It was cramped, and forced the group to single file down a very sharp decline into another cavern room where they found four kobolds staring oddly at the two other kobolds that had just raced into the room, shivering from icy cold breath and standing as close as they could to the hearth. The human warrior, after letting the rest of the group know what she saw as she lead them down the passageway and fresh from her brutal neck wound charged into the group of four kobolds with her axe drawn…and completely missed them. The dwarf, next to move but third in line, pushed his way past the dragonborne and also charged into the group with the warrior and crushed one with his hammer. The paladin then moved and throwing his torch at the larger group, cornered the two by the fire and with his 6’6” frame easily scared them into botching both of their attacks on him. The druid, sorcerer, and bard all moved to the entrance and launched spells taking out another 2 kobolds.
The next round saw two more kobolds getting destroyed including one that had scurried through a passage on the far end of the room which lead to the sorcerer racing across the room and sidearming a fireball down the passage to nail the kobold in the back, blasting the life from it. This left a single kobold standing by the fire, intimidated by the paladin. The bard walked over to it and hit him with a powerful Charm spell.
ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: THE GROUP HAS ACQUIRED ONE MINION
The kobold, who was happy to tell everyone his name was Toad, was suddenly quite smitten with the lovely bard, and really wanted to take the group to go see the “Strong Boss” named Box. While the kobold wasn’t the brightest of creatures, his limited language skills and inability to count past 3, the group sussed out there were more than 3 rooms where silver was getting mined, that Box was the boss of the mine, and he had two “big ones” named Tusk and Fang. After about 30 minutes of conversation, they travelled through the small passage on the opposite side of the cavern that the entered from. Toad happily warned the group not to step on certain spots of the floor which would have released the “squeakies” – Giant Rats. They then passed through a room that was getting mined by a half dozen kobolds which was uneventful since Toad was leading them to Box.
Upon entering the room, the group excluding the dwarf who was guarding the rear, found that Box was a Goblin. An amazingly strong and well spoken goblin who had, with Tusk and Fang – two extremely muscular hobgoblins, taken over the cavern and set up the smithy. The adventurers, after getting berated by Box for killing off his workers, quickly decided to work out a deal with Box to move his silver for him and, in theory, cut out the original clients who had commissioned them scout the cavern for their purchase of it. The sorcerer also worked out a deal for buying a goblin masterwork silver shortsword, a decidedly wicked looking and brutally edged blade, and a plain silver dagger. Part of the deal was for the team to be the only people who knew about Box and “his” mine and the team would also need to get rid of Toad since he was now useless to the mine. As this deal was reached, the Charm spell wore off of Toad and he tried to attack the group. He was quickly subdued and then tried to get Box to keep him. The group couldn’t get Toad to cooperate and he broke away from them and ran to Box, who quickly decapitated the kobold, and reminded the group it was their part of the deal to take care of the kobold.
ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: THE GROUP HAS HAD THEIR MINION DECAPITATED
He then turned his back to them and went back to work. As they were leaving the cavern they found the dwarf shining his hammer and giving one of the kobolds a murderous look, the halfelven sorcerer back handed him and convinced him to leave and to prepare for the future.
And that was the night, the group having all leveled up to LEVEL 2.