Aquaday, Corospyr the 13th, 479 5th Age
Vruk and Anton return to guard the wagons while the others enter the cave to explore it. Sam disguises himself as a large fat goblin with his magic and then enters the cave, following Gobby to a place called “the eating room”, along with Pious. Vruk, Sir Aldus Locke, and Kayden sneak a ways behind them to maintain the deception. Upon arriving in the eating room, they see two prisoners chained to the wall – an orc and an elf. The elf is already dead, as only the upper half of her body is still chained to the wall. The lower half has already been eaten. Several goblins are in the room, including a hobgoblin (essentially just an overgrown goblin). Sam shoots a firebolt into fire and tells them all that he’s in charge now, and will teach them fire magic. Though the hobgoblin is weary, ultimately he agrees to learn the magic from the large, fat, goblin Sam is disguised as. He then convinces them all to cover themselves in lamp oil (as they don’t know what it is), and then sets them on fire. A short fight breaks out, and the party comes out the victor. They rescue the orc chained to the wall, learning that he is actually Thrag Grandaxe – a guard sent with Magni when they left Caeradan a day or two before the party. The elf was Treasa Friel. While the rest of the party discusses their strategy for the rest of the caves, Sam wanders off – after his disguise has faded – and alerts other goblins in the caves to their presence. The goblins release a flood from the welled up pool onto the party. A lengthy battle spanning the entire eastern side of the cavern erupts. During the battle, the party finds Klarg – the “big hairy goblin” according to Gobby (bugbear) that is in charge of this cave. After its clear he’s losing the fight, he tries to escape through a fissure, but ultimately is stopped.
After the battle, Pious disposes of the bodies in a safe manner and the party returns to the caravan to continue on their course towards Tarren Hill. While Pious is taking care of the bodies, however, Sir Aldus Locke secretly murders the two goblin prisoners after leaving Pious to believe he freed them.