Phlame the Great, a human mage and Elganica Overhill, a halfling bard, met in the village to find out more information about the complex identified on the crude map that came into their possesion recently, purchase equipment, and find additional adventurers to provide assistance during the adventure. Three additional adventurers joined the party:
We traveled to “Q” and were able to locate it using our map. A cave-like opening, somewhat obscured by vegetation, was found at the end of a treacherous pathway leading up to the craggy outcropping of black rock. By sweeping aside some of the vines and branches, we were able to access the opening. The door was recessed back into the corridor. The door was open and there was evidence that it had previously been forced open.
Past the door were 3 sets of alcoves in a long hallway. Magic mouths appeared in the third pair of alcoves and the first said “Who dares enter this place and intrude upon the sanctuary of its inhabitants?”. The second replied “Only a group of foolhardy explorers doomed to certain death!” Both mouths then shouted “Woe to any who pass this place — the wrath of Zelligar and Rogahn will be upon them!” before disappearing. They reappeared on later visits, as well.
Past the third pair of alcoves, we discovered the remains of five combatants. Three appeared to be adventurers and two were guards. The three adventurers were a human fighter, a human magic-user, and a dwarf fighter. The human fighter had a pouch containing 5 gp. The magic-user had a gold ring worth 10 gp, a purse containing 2 gp, a pouch full of garlic buds, and a carving containing the word “Quasqueton”. Could this be what “Q” stands for? The other bodies did not have anything of value.
We traveled southeast and then east and came to a dead end in a long corridor. We searched for secret doors and found one. We entered the chamber and searched it. Tapestries covered each of the 4 walls, each containing a picture of a warrior at a memorable point in his life. The tapestires looked valuable but were too bulky to try to remove. We found a crystal goblet worth 15 gp and engraved with the word “Quasqueton”.
We found another couple of secret doors at the south of the room. We cracked opene the westernmost, and Pendor snuck into the room. He peered out from behind drapes covering the door and saw two large chairs/thrones nearby. There were also two lit braziers on each side of the thrones. Behind the thrones were 4 hobgoblins eating a cave rat that they had roasted. Pendor attempted a sneak attack on one hobgoblin and killed it with one blow. Norrin raged and charged into the fray. Phlame moved into position and cast thunderwave wounding two. One hobgoblin hit Phlame. However, Norrin, Pendor, and Elganinca quickly killed one each. Phlame killed the last with a shocking grasp.
We traveled back through the secret door to determine what was behind the other secret door. We opened the eastern secret door and entered a 40-ft long, 10-ft wide corridor. At the dead end we found another secret door.
On the other side of the door was the chamber of a woman of obvious refinement. A tapestry on the wall contained the words " Melissa, the most dearly wond and greatest of all my treasures". Phlame was able to recall that Melissa was the name of Rogahn’s mistress that lived in the stronghold. We found a silver mirror, a silver comb and a single gp sitting in a tortoise-shell dish.
We searched a nearby storage room and found nothing of value. Traveling down a long winding corridor, the party then ended up back at the throne room. We took a corridor to the southeast and came to a door with a leather skin covering. It was studded with circular bits of brass which formed the word “Erig”. Phlame recalled that Erig was the captain of the guard at the stronghold. Inspection of the chest showed that it contained some old clothes and objects of no value. Inside a leather pouch was a plaque with the words " To Erig , great and trusted fighter by my side, and captain of the guard at Quasqueton – against all foes we shall prevail!" Phlame noticed that the bottom of the chest was higher than it should have been and found a secret compartment in the bottom of the chest. The secret comprartment contained many coins (840 cp, 290 sp, 120 ep, and 25 gp). In addition, 5 gp was in the crock, and we took the plaque that was worth 25 gp.
Backtracking to the northeast and then the northwest, our group came to another door. Elganica listened at the door and heard voices. She could tell that they were speaking goblin. We entered and five goblins were inside the room. They were not immediately agressive. Elganica acted as our spokesperson / interpreter.
Treasure – 171 gp total
gold ring worth 10 gp
crystal goblet worth 15 gp
silver comb worth 5 gp
silver mirror worth 90 gp
tapestry worth 40 gp
crock worth 5 gp
plaque worth 25 gp