Dunkirk because quite dull, as though he was lifeless….. So, Aoife painted him purple and dressed him in a little hula skirt.
Or, she could have, but didn’t….
It was the 25th day after the Equinox, and the Troll Under The Bridge had been vanquished. Dunkirk was not happy about going across the bridge, but it was necessary, and so everyone began to move.
No, wait. The donkey was having none of this. Aoife talked with the donkey for quite a while, and finally persuaded it to take the time to walk across the bridge, though everyone made it across very slowly. Halfway across Aoife noticed goblins down at the river, and Rashe was able to see them fishing, scooping up baskets of small silver fish, and drying them on stands. Aoife confirmed it was spawning season for some fish, so this didn’t seem that unusual. The goblins, however, treated humans on the bridge as quite surprising and hid back away from sight.
The next three days were uneventful, but at the end the trees had fallen back, and changed from broad leaves to needles. Ahead you can see the pass through the range, with a broad plain at the bottom with a river on the right side, and the rough road on the left. There is a light rain, but nothing serious, and the road is still pretty dry. There are cliffs in the bluffs to the left, and quite a variety of local flora and fauna.
A rock passes by overhead.
This seemed to bother Aoife. Jezebel was watching a large animal herd out in the plain, which seemed to be the target of the rock. Moments later a three story man rushed in and gathered up the stunned animal, and began ripping it apart.
Rashe suggested haste, and Aoife agreed. Ahead was a cave with columns carved into the sides. “This indicates a gnomish village,” said Dunkirk, and so everyone rushed inside to find…
Two dead gnomish guards, and no shops or market activity. Investigation of the cave revealed no other bodies, but obvious signs that the shop structures had been pulled down and the parts taken elsewhere. One cave had a bunch of large cave crickets and a giant centipede. Another had a chamber with 10 casks of gnomish ale.
Everyone started moving backwards, looking for hints and the actual village. Rashe found a side tunnel, but a cave with a large cave spider wasn’t the right way out. It did result in a dead spider, and the discovery of some gnomes that had been made dinner, and what Aoife determined was a kobold victim as well. Kobolds are the enemies of the gnomes, so seeing them together seemed a bit confusing.
In the spider’s lair and on her victims were pouches with 18cp, 6sp, and 93gp, and a bone tube with a scroll of active magic (it can be read by anyone), but without any indication of what it does.
Outside, the giants seemed interested in where that cart had gone, and have started filling up the cave entrance with rocks. With no other way out, the troup headed further into the caves, and found a river. Travelling along the underground waterway filled with clear shrimp and the occasional white salamader, they found a bridge crossing from an upper portal on the left to another on the right. Climbing up seemed difficult, but it was noted that there were lights on the bridge, made of burning fish….
Around the corner they found that the river flows away into a passage that cannot be traversed. Turning back, Aoife found an odd side tunnel with a creature intent on eating her head. Thus, we have established a theme that every evil monster likes Ranger brains.
Rapid work by Aoife, before she was taken down and poisoned, and Rashe, lead to the death of the crawler, and the discovery of chests that were previously the property of other victims. Rashe carefully opened them, finding 4000cp, 6000sp, a 100gp plate, 3 large saphires (about 1.5” across each), and a dull grey stone like those used to sharpen weapons.
Dunkirk removed the poison from Aoife, and now his lips are numb.
It was decided to camp here, since most nearby baddies would probably think it was best to avoid this tunnel. Camp was set up.
As day 29 begins, an inventory has revealed that 1/4 of the torches have been used so far, and the Donkey is not a fan of eating shrimp or salamanders, and is a bit put out that no food is forthcoming.