Gerhart – Human Fighter
Shugosou – Elven Magic User
Eron – Human Fighter
Tom – Human Bard
Nigel – Hireling Human Warrior
Monk – Hireling Human Warrior
The brave party ventured forth once more to The Caves of Chaos to further explore the Goblin cave. They found the previous lair of the Goblin’s utterly deserted and proceeded to climb a short flight of steps upward to a closed wooden door. On the other side of the door was a well prepared breastwork of spiked obstacles and a very organized group of Hobgoblins in a shield wall, with a Goblin levy in front to act as fodder.
Through a hail of javelins, the party advanced in a ragged fashion. Met with an initial failure to breach the obstacle by leaping over it, Eron did manage to finally throw the spiked wall back on the Goblin line, but by then the party had suffered too many casualties to press home. Leaving the Caves with their proverbial tails between their legs, the party set out to return to The Keep.
Sensing weakness, two Lizardmen ambushed the party from the Swampy area south of the road on the return trip. Luckily, Gerhardt and Nigel were able to dispatch them without further casualties. The party limped back to The Keep to lick their wounds. With the help of Father Janos, all members were able to recover quickly. Tom also learned that Sergeant Bonegrinder is offering double money for Lizardman ears, as he has a particular hatred of those creatures. It seems that Sergeant Bonegrinder was with the force that (supposedly) eradicated the Lizardmen threat in the area 15 years ago.
Finally recovered, the party decided to explore some of the surrounding countryside, with an eye to collect more bounties on the bandits operating in the area. The party did not find the bandit camp, but did find an old watchtower in the woods, about 2/3 of the way from The Keep to The Caves of Chaos. It was mostly empty, apart from 2 Ghouls interred in the basement who made an attempt to paralyze and eat the party to little success.
The party decided they would like to make the Watchtower a base of operations at some point in the future.