After being hired by the dwarf merchant Gundren Rockseeker, the party departed Gryphon’s Rook with a wagon full of supplies to be delivered to Barthen’s Provisions in the small town of Deldrima. Gundren, along with his friend Sildar Hallwinter, set out ahead of them, in order to deal with pressing business in the town. After traveling south for a day and a half along the Coastal Road, they came across two horses lying dead in the road. As Cylos moved in to inspect the corpses, he was ambushed by goblins hiding in the nearby trees.
After slaying their attackers, Fargrim realized that one of the dead horses was Gundren’s beloved mount, Butterscotch. Using his medical training, Fargrim was able to deduce that the horses had been dead for at least a day. Cylos was determined that Gundren and Sildar were most likely set upon by a much larger group of goblins then the one they had just encountered, and was able to pick up the trail of the rest of the goblins, and determined that they had dragged what was most likely two medium-sized humanoid bodies with them.
Following their tracks to the northeast (and unfortunately falling prey to a couple of crude goblin traps along the way), they eventually came across a cave entering into the side of a hill, that had a small river flowing out from it. While approaching the cave, the party was ambushed yet again by two goblin lookouts hiding in some nearby brush. While the goblins were able to get the jump on Fargrim and Arlcane, Cylos was able to quickly dispatch one with a well-placed arrow, while Arlcane and Lonehunter were able to dispatch the other through a combination of javelins, axes, and eldritch magic.
Using a Light-imbued (courtesy of Fargrim) shield carried by Lonehunter, the party entered the dark cave. In a small chamber just off the side entrance, they found three snarling wolves chained to a stalagmite. When Lonehunter and Cylos’s attempts to calm the animals only agitated them more, one of the wolves was able to yank his chain free and attacked them. While Cylos was able to knock out two of the wolves out with the flat of his blades, the third saw it’s end at the hands of Arlcane’s arcane power.
As they began exploring deeper into the cave, a sudden torrent of water came upon them from the deeper recesses. While most of the party were quickly able to dart back into the small alcove with the unconscious wolves, Arlcane was swept up and carried back outside. Realizing that this was most likely a trap by the goblins and not some freak flash-flooding, Cylos proposed tying Arlcane to Lonehunter by means of a rope, in case of another sudden torrent. Sure enough, only moments later, the tunnel was once again filled with rushing waters. While Cylos and Fargrim were able to avoid the water, Arlcane was once again swept away, this time dragging the unfortunate Lonehunter with him.
After regrouping, the party pressed further through the tunnel. Upon reaching a large chamber, they were greeted by four goblin archers, who immediately let loose their arrows against Lonehunter, who was luckily able to get behind his shield in time. After Lonehunter delivered a near fatal blow to one of their compatriots, one of the goblins called out something incomprehensible in their native tongue. It was apparently a call for back up, as soon they were joined by two more goblins, a wolf, and a bugbear. Though the party fought hard, they eventually began to fall one-by-one. In a last ditch effort to save Fargrim from the goblin assault, Cylos tossed a bottle of oil into the cluster of goblinoids, and then threw his lantern at the bugbear, creating a small fire that burnt up the wolf and one of the goblins, and set the bugbear ablaze. Unfortunately, he was a split second too late, and one of the goblins was able to land a mortal wound on Fargrim. Now the only man left, Cylos attempted to pick the goblins off with his longbow, and while able to put down one more of the filthy green-skins, their combined numbers were too much, and he too eventually fell.