Entering the ruins
8 Nightal, 1479 DR
With some trepidation we made our way through the rubble of the ancient
keep. Not a single sound was to be heard. I checked for any sign of life
but not a trail was to be found. If a cult was active here, it was in very
In the middle of the ruins we found an entrance to a staircase descending
into the dark depths. After a bit of discussion, Gründahl and me decided
to lead the party into the depths. Tyrr made a magical light and we started
Pretty soon though, we heard a cry: "Intruders, intruders!" and we saw
the head of a goblin from around the corner at the bottom of the staircase.
So much for surprising any inhabitants. We did decide to press on however,
with swords and spells at the ready.
At the bottom of the staircase we entered a room with four pillars in
each corner, from which torchlight provided us with enough light for normal
vision. Tyrr put out his magical light, and as he did so we spotted another
goblin standing in a corridor on the opposite side of the room.
I started to move toward the goblin but Gründahl was a lot faster.
This was not to his advantage however; the moment he charged onto the middle
of the chamber, the floor opened up below him and he fell into a sort of
This made the subsequent attempts to reach the goblin a lot harder, and
on top of that a few of his friends appeared as well. They started to shoot
crossbows at us from across the pit, and this hurt a lot. I quickly decided
to move out of sight and move towards them along the eastern edge of the
Meanwhile Lilsy was hiding herself behind the pillars on the western edge;
she was set up to deal a few deadly blows to those goblins who dared enter
the room from the south.
Luck was not with us though, as when I moved past the corridor that went
off to the east, two more goblins appeared. I was forced to deal with them
myself as Tyrr was near and had to be protected. Eowan meanwhile took the
western route towards the goblins in the southern corridor, in order to
deal with those.
Lastly, Equilibria was doing double duty by both cursing the goblins with
her fey magic, as well as helping Gründahl out of the pit, which also
contained a score of nasty rats. This took a bit of rope skill, during which
Lilsy and Eowan tried to keep one side of the defenders busy, and Tyrr and
me the other side.
It was a heavy battle, and Eowan was hovering on death's door, but we
did survive. That is, one of the goblins on my side ran away (after having
been blasted back by Tyrr's magical thunderwave), through a heavy curtain
in a side corridor. I dared not follow though as everyone was just getting
to their feet. Moreover, just as I thought we would be safe again,
Gründahl walked past the corridor to the west and got hit by yet
another crossbow bolt -- which made him collapse on the spot.
That was the point where I'd had enough, we simply had to regroup. I
kept an eye out on the curtain to make sure we weren't overrun by a horde
of goblins, and tried to commandeer everyone back out to the surface.
Luckily everyone agreed with this assessment, and everybody helped to drag
Gründahl out again. We were not attacked during this scramble, for
which I am grateful.
Once we were all out we found ourselves a bit of a secluded spot with
some rubble, where we could still keep an eye out over the entrance.
With a bit of rest Gründahl was back on his feet. Hopefully
we are able to go in again; I feel it is our duty to at least try again,
in order to save Winterhaven from the cult of Shar.