Gathering themselves, the Heroes cautiously climbed the stairs taken by the Goblins. The stairs climbed for a long time before they switched back. The heroes found themselves in a large landing. The floor was covered in thick filthy straw with moldy mattresses laying on top in places. The smell was so overpowering that Detlef was overcome by a coughing fit.
On the right hand wall, a set of steps began to climb the wall, but stopped after the 5th step. Elements of the broken staircase continued to climb up and around the walls – short wooden spars stuck out of the walls, but were too short to be climbable. Where the existing steps ended, there were a series of holes carved into the wall, forming a makeshift ladder upwards.
A large circular candelabra hanged precariously over the room, and the heroes took care to ensure they didn’t step beneath it. More of the glowing green stones lay randomly around the room, lying on top of the straw.
The heroes could hear noises coming from the room above, and Andred saw goblin heads peaking over a broken railing. The next time they poked their heads over, Andred fired. The second fired back while the first disappeared. Andred’s 3rd and 4th shots killing the second archer.
The heroes briefly debated burning the straw, but before they could act, three large spherical, multi-coloured beasts, with small piggy faces, but giant jaws that seemed to take up half their bodies leapt over the edge of the upstairs railing landing safely in the straw – except for one where Andred managed to shoot the Goblin riding it in mid-air. That Squig landed on it’s back, before righting itself and starting to eat the body of it’s rider.
The second Squig rider couldn’t control the beast, and it bounced randomly around the room, but the third had his beast under control and the Squig leapt towards Andred. Andred fired his bow directly into the Goblin rider, and Kadfina and Detlef stepped forward to try and assist. Finally the Goblin was killed, but the Squig, now riderless, took a huge bite out of Andred’s belly. Andred, feeling the intense pain looked down and saw a loop of intestine slip out of the wound. Grabbing it with his hand, he fell backwards.
Kadfina managed to slay the creature. It deflated with a high pitched hiss and a blast of warm fetid air. Finally the second Goblin managed to control his Squig and it leapt to the attack, while Gard tried to assist Andred while preparing to burn the straw. Kadfina and Detlef managed to kill the second Goblin and Squig and hearing the sounds of more Goblin’s from above the heroes made to retreat. Kadfina set fire to the straw and followed.
At the bottom of the stairs, the heroes stood guard, while Gard stitched and bandaged Andred back together. Gard managed to stop the bleeding, but Andred remained in very poor shape. After a long time, the sound of the flames seemed to die down, but no Goblin’s appeared.
The heroes assumed that the Goblins must have found another way out. Concerned that they may be coming down the other staircase in this hallway, the heroes cautiously went through the nearest door.
Two yards within the doorway they found a waist high railing guarding a deep pit. From the opposite wall there were two wooden arms meeting above the pit. A thick chain looped over the top of a metal wheel strung between the two wooden arms. A few yards below, one of the lengths of chain was attached to a hook. The hook held 4 further, slimmer chains which were attached to a wooden platform.
The heroes assumed that the likelihood of a book being down a pit were low, and left the room. They went back to the other stairs headed up from the hallway and found a dead end.
Cracked purple mosaic tiles covered the walls, floor and ceiling. A 10 foot diameter circle was inscribed in the floor in the centre of the room. Thick stones lay on the ground, also arranged in a rough circle, and in the centre was a small pile of the glowing green pebbles.
At the end of the room opposite the stairs there was an upturned table. Carved on the table was the outline of a man. A few knives were stuck into the wood. Behind the wooden table there was the rough dirt and rock that the heroes had seen elsewhere in the dungeon. Andred and Detlef searched the room thoroughly, looking for hidden walls and secret passages, but without success. Finally the heroes were satisfied that the Goblins wouldn’t be coming at them from this direction.
The heroes began to discuss where they would head to next, while Gard scratched a rough map in the dirt on the floor.
Switchback stairs in the hallway immediately under the keep.
Set of cascading stairs on the level where the dead body was found.
Further down the circular stairs beyond the entrance to the Goblin cave.