Goblins in the glassworks!
Svante’s Journal – 27th of Rova, continued
The goblins reacted quickly to Serris’s entrance. Three charged her immediately (she bit one’s throat out as it did so) and two more drew close and hurled glass bottles, all to no effect. Daka downed one and scorched another with a burning hands spell, and Amirra’s dog finished the wounded one off. Jailith’s wolf rushed in and tripped another goblin. I ran in and brandished my morning star at the others, who hesitated in terror of my might, as did Amirra, who sheltered behind me rather than rush in herself. Jailith hexed the tongs one was holding, forcing it to drop them and draw its dogslicer, and Daka cast create water to extinguish the other. Things were going well, when Jailith was shot in the back by an unseen archer. He and Amirra ran off to investigate. Serris grabbed and crushed another goblin then turned to follow, leaving Daka and I to finish off the last two (I took a few minor cuts in the process) and begin working to extinguish the blazing furnaces.
As I learned later from Serris, Jailith traded blows with the sniper – a half-elf monk – Tsuto? and got the worst of it, being rapidly knocked unconscious without landing a blow himself. Amirra and the animals followed close behind but the monk retreated downstairs into the pitch-black cellars, giving them pause. Serris, being able to see in the dark, was undeterred and climbed overhead, biting fiercely but also being unable to penetrate his defenses, hampered by the cramped spaces. He continued to flee through the darkness, opening a doorway to an escape tunnel.
I dispelled the enlarge person on Serris and she, Jailith, and his wolf gave chase down the old smugglers tunnel (filled with goblin bedding and refuse – perhaps this was where they entered the town?) but the monk easily outdistanced them. Amirra helped Daka and I to search the upstairs (finding nothing of note) then we went back to the cellars, where we found Ameiko – badly wounded but alive, thanks to whoever watches over retired adventurers. Daka untied her and patched her up. We now have free room and board at the Rusty Dragon for life, and Ameiko is now the head of her family by default.
In another cellar room Amirra found Tsuto’s journal, which contained disturbing tales of a planned goblin attack far larger than the previous one – as many as 200 goblins, including mention of several of the goblin heroes we had recently heard of. Also mentioned were Nualia (old Father Tymon’s adopted daughter, though dead in the fire of the Late Unpleasantness) who seems to be the leader of Tsuto’s mercenary band and now bears some sort of demonic corruption, and the ominous names of Lamashtu, Malfeshnakor, and quasits. Further investigation is needed.
Jailith and Serris found the end point of the smuggler’s tunnel (leading out to the ocean, no trail to follow from there), and more interestingly, another formerly bricked-up tunnel leading to what seemed to be an ancient prison or laboratory. We gave our report to the mayor then returned to investigate this ruin…