In the Thunderdome in Neverwinter Wes the Shield recieves a magical letter in a wooden cylinder from Sister Garaele stating the caravan with provisions and medicine is late and has not made it to Phandalin. Worried about what had happened to such a large escort party the Goliath set off once again for Pookie’s shop and hired a Mercenary fighter named Pokeyman Jones to go scout and find out what happened to them. He tested him in the Thunderdome as the previous party had been tested and upon victory he sent him down the highroad to try to locate the party.
As the Party awoke with their wounds healed they ventured into the cave. Upon entering the cave they heard gnashing of teeth and snarling right around the corner of the entrance to the cave. They noticed that 4 wolves were tied down with a stake and chain to a rock. They attempted to kill the wolves at a distance but upon being stuck the wolves ripped themselves free from their bindings and set upon the party. Pokeyman Jones found the goblin they had tied up and got the information to locate the party. He showed up in the nick of time to join the fight with wolves. Yue attacked with a firebolt and her dagger, Rorhic used his dragonborn lightning breath, shortsword and unarmed strikes, Pokeyman attacked with his quarterstaff with a butt-end 2nd attack, Quinlan did a sneak attack with his rapier, Prim fired off shots with his hand crossbow and his dagger, Idris fired a poison spray, and Rowan used her sacred flame attack. Idris, Rorhic and Quinlan took the brunt of the wolves ire with Idris passing out from blood loss from a wolf bite. Rowan healed Idris with her healing touch before he completely bled out. Calling on the blessing of her goddess Larue, Rowan cast spare the dying to stablilize Rorhic and the party rested while he healed. The party introduced themselves and explained the situation and Pokeyman Jones offered his assistance in finding their patrons.
The party explored the wolves den and saw a chimney which went directly into Klarg’s throne room, Yue tried to use a mage hand to tie a rope so the party could climb up but it was spotted and Klarg’s bodyguards shot the mage hand dispelling it. The Goblins sounded the alarm in the hideout alerting other guards of the intruders. The party tried to move deeper into the cave but as they moved into the main through-way of the cave Prim cast dancing lights to see better and were surprised by goblins waiting for them as they flooded the tunnel with water from a dam deeper in the cave. With great dexterity the party was able to get out of the way clinging to the higher parts of the wall except for Rowan and Pokeyman who were hit held on with their strength to keep from being swept away. 3 goblins descended upon the party and were hampered by Yue using her ray of frost to freeze the water under their feet making it hard for them to gain ground. Quinlan used his sneak attack rapier, Pokeyman attacked with his quarterstaff and Ydris with his shortbow while Yue blasted the 3rd one off of the ramp with a firebolt. The cave grew quiet again.
As the party continued through the cave they saw steep incline branching tunnel and Quinlan stealthily crept up it and saw goblins talking about what to do with the captives. Pokeyman, Rowan and Rorhic joined him and set upon the golbins while Yue Idris and Prim acted as the read guard at the bottom of the slope. In the ensuing battle one of the goblins slipped away and unleashed another flood at the rear guard. Yue and Prim were able to jump out of the way onto the slope in order to avoid the watery onslaught, but Idris was caught up in the current and washed out of the cave. The party slew the goblins and made their way into the goblin camp. They found the 2nd in command of cragmaw hideout, a goblin named Yeemik. He was holding a very beaten Sildar hostage. He grabbed him and held him over the edge as he realized his forces were going to lose. The fighting came to a stop and he divulged to the party that he wished to be the ruler of cragmaw and he would let Sildar go in exchange for Klarg’s head. The party agreed and they used one of Yeemik’s goblins to trick and lure out the bulk of Klarg’s forces. The party jumped these goblins and devastated them quickly. The party set off to find Klarg after learning that Gundren was no longer there and was taken to a place called Cragmaw castle.
The party passed by the Dam that the goblins were using to flood the tunnels with and found Klarg’s Throne room with him 2 body guards and his pet wolf waiting for them. The party set upon the Bugbear Klarg who unleashed his pet wolf snarl upon them. Snarl took a big bite out of Rowan injuring her while Pokeman Jones knocked one of the goblin bodyguards down the chimney they tried to climb up earlier. Quinlan jumped in and tried to stab Klarg with his rapier but klarg swatted it out of his hand into his fire pit, Rorhic joined in the assault and Klarg also dodged his darts until Yue Blasted him with magic missiles. Now injured Klarg called for his Potion Golem to protect him And proclaimed he would make a throne out of their bones.
The potion golem which looked like a giant animated potion of healing busted out of the wall and proclaimed “OH NO YOU’RE ALL GONNA DIE NOW” and healed up Klarg’s wounds. Idris attempted to hit all of them with a thunderwave but ended up knocking Rowan and Rorhic unconscious and putting a crack in the potion golem. With things looking grim Prim stepped in and used sleep to put Klarg Snarl and the golem to sleep. With this opportunity Quinlan grabbed his rapier from the fire pit and drove it through Snarl killing him quickly and Pokeman Jones ran his glaive through Klarg while he was asleep finishing him. With no master to control it the potion golem powered down and became an oversize cauldron filled with potion of healing. Remembering Pookee asked the party to collect interesting substances Prim attemped to lean over the edge to collect some but couldn’t quite reach. Pokeyman, Idris and Yue simultaneously tried to help him but ended up only pushing Prim into the giant glass container soaking his clothes with healing potion. There was enough left to fill 4 vials and Idris immediately drank one to heal up. The party decided to save one to give to Pooky later and Prim climed out of the golem, stripped out of his clothing and rung his clothes out into Rowan and Rorhic’s mouths sealing up their wounds and bringing them back to consciousness. Rowan healed Quinlan with a touch. Searching the room they found a light crossbow with the name Vera on it and a quarterstaff with the word Glimmer written on it. as well as a few other trinkets and gold. The party took Klarg’s head and made their way back to Yeemik going back the way they came except for Quinlan who jumped down the chimney landing hard on his face.
Approaching Yeemik he was pleased to see Klarg was dead and cautiously walked Sildar to the group at knife point. As he walked past Klarg’s head, Prim cast an illusion to make the head come alive which startled Yeemik and made him look away. Quinlan took this opportunity to shoot Yeemik with a crossbow bolt. With his last breath efforts Yeemik slashed a big gash in Sildar sending him unconscious. The party killed Yeemik and were able to stabilize Sildar just in time. As Sildar awoke he thanked the group and they catch up as to what occured. The party learned the following things:
- The three Rockseeker brothers (Gundren, Tharden, and Nundro) recently located an entrance to the long-lost Wave Echo Cave, site of the mines of the Phandelver’s Pact. Klarg, the bugbear who led this goblin band, had orders to waylay Gundren. Sildar heard from the goblins that the Black Spider sent word that the dwarf was to be brought to Castle Cragmaw. Sildar doesn’t know who or what the Black Spider is.
The Phandelver’s pact:
More than five hundred years ago, clans of dwarves and gnomes made an agreement known as the Phandelver’s Pact, by which they would share a rich mine in a wondrous cavern known as Wave Echo Cave. In addition to its mineral wealth, the mine contained great magical power. Human spellcasters allied themselves with the dwarves and gnomes to channel and bind that energy into a great forge (called the Forge of Spells), where magic items could be crafted. Times were good, and the nearby human town of Phandalin (pronounced fan-duh-lin) prospered as well. But then disaster struck when ores swept through the North and laid waste to all in their path. A powerful force of ores reinforced by evil mercenary wizards attacked Wave Echo Cave to seize its riches and magic treasures. Human wizards fought alongside their dwarf and gnome allies to defend the Forge of Spells, and the ensuing spell battle destroyed much of the cavern. Few survived the cave-ins and tremors, and the location of Wave Echo Cave was lost.
Gundren had a map showing the secret location of Wave Echo Cave, but the goblins took it when they captured him. Sildar believes that Klarg sent the map and the dwarf to the chief of the Cragmaws at a place called Cragmaw Castle. Sildar doesn’t know where that might be, but he suggests someone in Phandalin might know. Sildar’s contact in Phandalin is a human wizard named Iarno Albrek. The wizard traveled to the town two months ago to establish order there. After the Lords’ Alliance received no word from Iarno, Sildar decided to investigate. Sildar tells the characters that he intends to continue onto Phandalin, since it’s the nearest settlement.
As the party learns all this from Sildar they make their way out of the Cragmaw Hideout, set up camp where they stated the previous night, inspect the cart which is untouched and safe, and they rest for the night after a hard day before setting off for Phandalin the next morning.