Game 6 – Hobgoblin Hazards
The party with the aid of Suri had reached the camp of the hobgoblins they had been sent by Marquis Laverne to deal with. Upon approaching the cave they found other people imprisoned in cages barely conscious. As they watched on out of the trees came two large hobgoblins on worgs. They dismounted and entered the cave.
The guards outside returned to their posts. It was at this point the party launched their attack dispatching the guards with relative ease. They freed the adventurers who named themselves as Asami a gnome bard, Kromlak a half orc paladin and a slight rogue named Ceckie. They wore only rags. They told how they had been dispatched to rescue a kidnapped merchant by Fizzwald from Port Kri. They had been caught by Hobgoblins after rescuing the merchant and his family. Though they did not know what had become of the rest of their band or of the family.
The party armed them with what they could spare and the newcomers offered their help in revenge. The newly formed party ventured into the cave cautiously. As they moved ahead they were met by well prepared defences. After smashing their way through the first palisades they entered into a fight with several hobgoblins. After slicing the throat of the last hobogblin they searched the room. The room was naturally formed with only some digging having taken place. They were well setup that was for sure. They found a store room with armor, food, ale and weapons. The newcomers armed themselves with what they could find.
THey then had to fight through a longer corridor clearing out another room of hobgoblins. As they searched this room they found the mutilated corpses of the merchant and his family as well as the missing compatriots of the newcomers. They pushed onward until they entered a room in which stood a much larger hobgoblin. It was one of the two that they had seen enter the cave. The party did not fare well against this ones ferocious might and saw Kromlak and Rothgar taking heavy wounds.
They eventually managed to silence him. They looted some nice chainmail off his corpse which was given to Kromlak.
They moved into the final part of the cave complex to be faced with a huge heavily armoured hob goblin wielding two great axes. He was talking a to a shadowy figure at the back of the room. The party caught mention of roads to saradush and to wreak havoc but not get caught. They also heard something about claiming to be allied to a General Hav’osh.
The party did not hold back and engaged the fearsome hobgoblin leader. The fight was intense with Kromlak being sliced in two by Magthor the Bonebreaker and the rest of the party going down. Ceckie saved the day claiming the throat of the hobgoblin leader. Just in time as the wounds on the others were grievous. Kromlak lay dead at their feet the brave half orc paladin had given his life.
As a sign of respect they removed his gear and Rothgar incinerated the corpse with his fire breath and collected up the ashed in a small pouch. He promised to set them on the wind so the warrior’s soul would fly free once more.
The party decided they needed to get back to Port Kri urgently with this information and to claim their reward. With their new compatriots in tow they headed west. Suri took them to the edge of the forest and bid them farewell. They had the feeling this would not be the last they saw of the strange moon elf.
The party travelled hard and fast reaching port kri only to be faced with a locked eastern gate. Indeed the palisade had grown. At the top of the gate the guards questioned them but let them in. As they entered port Kri they could see the palisade being worked on by troops. Weapons and supplies were being moved by royal soldiers. They stood in awe at the sheer military presence now in Port Kri. What was going on…..