The Shadow on Fallcrest

Session 11: To the Lair

It's a Freaking Lair!

PCs present: Glorien Ethlaron, Joreb Innitu, Merry Merric
Writeup: Faulcon

After a night spent in Winterhaven, Joreb, Gloria, and Merry decided to make their way towards the kobold lair marked by Lord Padraig. A brisk morning stroll and a little light exercise dispatching justice to some vile minor dragon kin sounded like just the treat and possibly a picnic for lunch afterwards.

Reaching the edge of their destination the adventurers started moving more stealthily, at least the halfling and elf did. Joreb didn’t bother trying and just stood waiting for the action to start. Glorien flitted through some trees and then backed out carefully to report nearly a dozen kobolds in sight and probably more besides.

Encounter14 2

Having scouted the terrain, the group decided that a flanking maneouver might be on and swung up above the vermin, intending to drive in on them and hammer them only to surprise two slyblades.

Encounter14 3

Merry and Glorien swiftly dispatched the first of the two slyblades but reinforcements arrived to assist the second and the 3 brave warriors were forced back by sheer weight of numbers. Kobolds dropped like… kobolds… yet there was seemingly always another 2 running forwards with javelin or shortsword poised to stab. Matters were looking somewhat dire when Merry finally dropped the second slyblade with support from Joreb. Glorien was keeping the eastern flank as clear as he could manage but matters were still touch and go.

Encounter14 5

Minions however numerous were in the end no match for the trio and after Joreb finished the Dragonshield with a radiant blast Merry closed in on the slinger and drove his dagger into the final kobold over and over until it dropped. A near run matter but not enough to bring an end to the gallant adventurers.

Still, this was just the welcoming committee, who could say what danger lurked beyond the waterfall? Joreb at least was not keen to find out so soon after barely surviving the ragged group waiting outside and after the others started suggesting a quick look inside was heard to exclaim in disbelief, “It’s a freaking lair!”. After which he murmured a quick repentance for approaching vulgarity like that.

Convincing the others it was not wise and that if they took the rest they needed they wouldn’t be entering the caves until dark they made their way back towards Winterhaven, one victory enough for the day.

Ensconced once again in the barroom Merry began regaling the patrons with tales of his personal prowess until Thair Coalstriker was impressed enough to pull him aside and see if he was interested in a minor commission. With all three gathered he told a tail of woe about how Bairwin was making a fortune without buying any of his produce to sell, without having any custom at all really. The dwarf believed there had to be something suspicious happening here and despite his obvious bias the adventurers were inclined to agree. Especially with the disappearance of old Sara added to the mix.

Some discreet enquiries to Bairwin who had closed his shop early to come for a drink left them with the opportunity to visit the shop first thing the next morning. He was doing well enough that not even the possibility of a sizeable sale could tempt him to reopen the store.

Valruthrun the Prescient wandered over to speak as well, the gregarious old fellow happy to chat about all manner of happenings, also talking about a nearby keep that had shown recent signs of reoccupation. This was of a lot of interest to the group as it finally looked like a lead towards the cultists they had come to Winterhaven seeking.

Valthrun the Prescient: “The keep was built during the height of the old empire. Some sort of watchtower. I can’t recall what for. Some think it was to guard against gnoll marauders, but I don’t think that’s right. Whatever, the keep outlived its usefulness. It’s been a ruin since before I was born. Probably a goblin lair by this time. But you’ve whetted my curiosity. When I return to my tower, I’ll look through my library. The next time you see me here, I will know more.”

XP = 800/3 = 267 each
4 gold, 17 silver.

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