After gathering some additional assistance at a the local taverns of Fallcrest the newly formed party decided to head back to the goblin den in an attempt to retrieve the stolen box for Traevus. Coming up to a crossroads on the way back to the den the party was faced with an ambush.
Travenkhal scurried to the top of some rocks as the two Gray Wolves had decided the little Halfling would make a most tasty afternoon snack and were relentless in their attempts to consume the swift rogue.
A solid blast from Nala‘s Acid Dragonbreath provided the party with some nice recurring damage to their foes. The Acid was also able to eventually eat through one of the Goblin’s leather armor provided a most needed advantage.
Dara ensured the party remained healthy during this particular encounter.
The party had their warmup and continued on their way to the goblin den. Immediately upon entering the Goblin den they noticed a black horse tied to a rung beside two large brazers, loud goblin shrieks let them know that they were going to be in for a fight.
One goblin charged the party while the other ran to a nearby door and loosed a Drake on the small band of adventurers.
With the Goblin and Drake flanking Dara things were starting to look grim. A cleverly called strike from Travenkhal was able to remove the threat of the Drake by exposing the soft underbelly to a sharp dagger.
Just as this happened the Goblin officer had walked in right as one of his comrades was beheaded. The Goblin flee’d back into the room it had emerged from with the party right behind. Using a nearby brazer as a weapon the party was immediately made aware this Goblin could quickly become a handful.
Wisely blocking both exits to the small room the party was able to corner the Goblin and back it into a wall.
Once the Goblin was pressed up against the wall Nala decided to shoulder-charge the small Goblin. Splitting open the Goblin’s head armor with the force of the charge was enough to get the goblin to surrender and enter negotiations.
Using a classic good-cop vs. bad-cop role swap they were able to find out that the Goblin was under specific instruction from the Rider to ensure nobody captured the horse but knew nothing about the stolen box personally.
The Goblin had no real knowledge about the horse either and in an attempt to get even more information out of the Goblin the party had let their guard down ever so slightly and the Goblin committed suicide out of fear of his betrayals repercussions. Taking the small gold pouch from the Goblin netted the party a well deserved but measly 30 gold pieces.
The party went back into a room with the large pool in an attempt to catch their breath and decide what to do next. The pool was emitting a magical aura and after cautiously investigating the writings on the edge of the pool the party was able to partially decipher enough words to know the pool had 2 effects and one of them was healing. Nala threw caution to the wind and drank from the pool. After being completely healed and feeling even stronger than before the party was able to recognize the pool as a Healing Pool of Constitution.
Deciding they needed to regroup before going deeper into the den and pursuing the Rider further, the party went back to the horse that was tied up in the previous room.
The rogues suspicions were found to be correct as he noticed a small button attached to the rung that the horses reins were attached too. Travenkhal’s experience made short work of the clever trap and the party left the den.
Dara used her knowledge of the arcane to determine that the horse had some kind of blessing placed upon it but was unable to determine what it was personally.
The group decided they needed to gather more information before continuing on further and headed back to the town of Fallcrest.
Gathering what little info they could from a old mage the party was informed of someplace just outside of town where they might be able to procur additional information about the blessing that had been placed upon the horse – for a fee. Luckily the fee would most likely be an item of magic origin rather than gold which the party was unable to make a whole lot of currently.
The party retired for the night and bought 2 rooms for 2gp each and payed 1gp to stable the horse for the evening. Nala was kind enough to foot the bill from her share of the 10gp loot-split they received from the Goblin officer.