SESSION 51: DAY 22-23 – CRAGMAW CAVE TO THE CAVES OF CHAOS
On the evening of the 23rd, as the rest of the party help the new guards to familarise themselves with their duties and the Cragmaw Cave, Malandir scouts outside the lair.
He finds the most likely approaches to the Cave and sets the four bear traps. Chuckling to himself, he thinks this may make for some sport when they next return.
They rest that evening, which is uneventful, and the next morning they reform and head off to the Caves of Chaos.
On their way, Lucien finds it difficult to take seriously this mission of rescuing a damsel in distress. He places no altruistic value upon her life or the mission, it is merely a means to an end, improving the party standing in the Burg so that their status can be leveraged for more advantage.
Lucien is careful only to reveal these musings to Malandir, Per, Kord and Talmark, and advises all to keep up the appearance of the dutiful heroes during rescue mission. He tells them of his beliefs when the men at arms are scouting forward and are out of earshot.
Per nods in agreement.
Kord expresses his position much stronger. “Why search at all? Or if we do why would we necessarily bring her back? True that Berowalt is a useful ally at the Burg and this will be strengthened if we find Geneve and I guess that may be reason enough. None the less I’m am open to see how we deal with her and her captors once we have located them.”
[DM’s Note: Random encounter check on the way to the Caves of Chaos: Roll d10 = 9 = no encounter].
They reach the Caves about four hours later. They decide that they will try to search out the hobgoblins and at least try to talk to them.
Last time they were able to find the hobgoblins through the goblin caves but both times the party was repelled by hobgoblin defences. They take out their map of the cave entrances, that Lucien has been making, and realise that in reality they haven’t actually surveyed many of the caves as yet.
“It’s a huge complex”, Kord mutters to the rest of the party. “We could spend some time scouting out the entrances to some of the other cave complexes or we could try to enter again through the goblin caves.” He turns to Lucien, Per and Talmark, “What do you think? Scout, enter through the goblin caves or just pick a cave entrance, and if so which one?”
[DM’s note: It takes about 20 minutes to scout a cave entrance and, because of the danger of encounters at the Caves of Chaos, there is a random encounter check every hour]