Alauntyrr Kilneld decided to wake from her nap in the wagon and finally join the party, watching over them while they slept…
Upon waking and returning to the cave they found the previous day, they found that all of the thickets on the east side of the river have been burnt to a crisp… No shame is felt by Lt. Augais Deakon for doing what needed to be done.
Entering the cave stealthily, our adventures ascend the short stairs to the right and come upon 3 wolves. Cade and Alauntyrr Kilneld manage to soothe them but Lt. Augais Deakon and Iorisdes Cílwen manage to piss them off, even while offering them food! Upon seeing that they have pissed off the wolves Lt. Augais Deakon and Iorisdes Cílwen decide to climb the natural chimney on the east side of that room with Cade and Alauntyrr Kilneld following.
At the top of the chimney they found themselves hidden behind some stalagmites in a room with a bugbear (Klarg), his pet wolf (Ripper), and 2 goblin minions chilling around a fire… Our adventures manage to surprise them and quickly get the upper hand by severely bloodying Klarg in the first 2 rounds of combat while Ripper and the Goblins laying to the group. Klarg’s resolve fails at this point and he runs and hides in a corner… Unfortunately for our adventures, this is when 2 Goblins in the adjacent room notice the fighting (since Lt. Augais Deakon decided to stand by the door and light the room on fire, thus brightening the dark cave for a moment…)
With the added reinforments, Lt. Augais Deakon was quickly overwhelmed and fell unconscious. The other 3 adventures were able to fall Ripper, Klarg’s pet, and Klarg himself, and thus began to turn the tides of battle! The tides were turned for but a moment, however, as Cade jumped forward to take on the Goblins they fell Lt. Augais Deakon… This proved to be quite painful for Cade as he succumbed to grevious wounds and fell unconscious, but not before falling 1 of the Goblins in the process. During Cade’s dance of death with Ripper and the Goblins in the North side of this room, Iorisdes Cílwen wasn’t sure if he wanted to hit the Goblin as most of his strikes had missed. Once a good solid blow was landed and the goblin fell, however, she turned to assist Cade, she was too late however, and arrived after he had fallen. With Alauntyrr Kilneld shooting at the Goblins from behind a stalagmite and Iorisdes Cílwen landing hits, they were able to finish off their foes… A long rest was decided to be had since 2 of their group had fallen unconscious but had stabilized…
This long rest proved fatal for Iorisdes Cílwen however as a goblin sentry hadn’t heard anything for a couple hours and decided to investigate… Upon ambushing the group Iorisdes Cílwen fell pray to the goblin’s arrow, but Alauntyrr Kilneld was able to exact revenge with a clean shot to the face even if the Goblin had half cover.
Alauntyrr Kilneld decided to reposition his party away from the groom’s opening and rest again. This time they rested a full 4 hours which allowed the party to lick it’s wounds and recover.
Upon further investigation of this cave, they noticed more goblin noises in the distance… Upon reaching the next room our adventures ambushed 4 unsuspecting Goblins resting around a fire or on sleeping mats. Lt. Augais Deakon was able to skewer one of the goblin’s heads onto his javalin during a ferocious attack. The Goblins fell wickly to their onslaught of ranged attacks until suddenly a voice cut through the battle… “Stop or this human dies!” The voice says. The adventures recognized the human as Sildar Hallwinter but he was stripped to basic clothes, beaten, tied up and being dragged by a slightly larger Goblin…
In response to this, Lt. Augais Deakon bellows “let him go, or you shall die instead!”. With that the Goblin leader tosses Sildar off a small drop where he flops to the ground and falls unconscious. Where upon our adventures begin the assult anew taking out the Goblin leader who was trying to use a stalagmite for cover as well as the final Goblin who was then trying to use Sildar’s unconscious body as a meat shield.
Upon his return to consciousness, Sildar Hallwinter explained to the group many things and answered their worried questions…
Sildar provides the characters with four pieces of useful information:
- The three Rockseeker brothers (Gundren Rockseeker, Tharden Rockseeker, and Nundro Rockseeker) recently located an entrance to the long-lost Wave Echo Cave, site of the mines of the Phandelver’s Pact.
- Klarg, the bugbear who leads this goblin band, had orders to waylay Gundren. Sildar heard from the goblins that The Black Spider sent word that the dwarf was to be brought to him. Sildar doesn’t know who or what the Black Spider is.
- Gundren Rockseeker had a map showing the secret location of Wave Echo Cave, but the goblins took it when they captured him. Sildar believes that Klarg sent the map and the dwarf to the chief of the Cragmaws at a place called Cragmaw Castle. Sildar doesn’t know where that might be, but he suggests someone in Phandalin might know.
- Sildar’s contact in Phandalin is a human wizard named Iarno Albrek. The wizard traveled to the town two months ago to establish order there. After the Lords’ Alliance received no word from Iarno, Sildar decided to investigate.