Brian – Me – Dwarven Sorcerer
Yu – Craig – Half-Orc Monk
Maldon – David – Human Rogue
Andreas – Fernando – Elven fighter
With the goblin village surrounded, we set our plan in motion. Brian summoned a ghostly figure as a distraction, although this did not have the intended effect, as instead of leading a goblin or two away, it alerted them that something was up. Next, Andreas missed the goblin dog and gave his own position away, with the goblin dog quickly barreling towards him. Keen to set something right, Brian hit the first goblin directly in the head with a crossbow bolt. Yu and Maldron quickly stormed in to take two more goblins out, while the fourth began to flee.
At this point, four hobgoblins (bigger goblins) turned up. The largest wore the garb of what might be a leader, one had a net and spear and the two others were more like your run of the mill hobgoblins. These last two came charging into our battle, with a frantic mix of punches, stabs and acid to meet them. Andreas was kind enough to join in too, after almost being mauled to death single-handedly by the goblin dog. Maldron was knocked unconcious and started bleeding out, but we quickly finished off the last attacking hobgoblin and stabilised him. When we turned around, the escaping little goblin, the leader-looking one and the net carrying hobgoblin had all vanished.
After regrouping, we began to make our way back to the fishing village. With everyone but Brian having been injured, we decided to have another go at working out the purpose of the amulet we had found. Andreas, covered in goblin dog teeth marks, took it and read the inscription, feeling power surge through him but with nowhere for it to go. Brian suggested touching Maldron as he might be able to heal other people, but this had no visible effect. Unbeknownst to us at the time, however, this caused Maldron to have to fight for his life once more, to avoid being sucked towards the light. He succeeded, but with a little bit less luck, we might well have lost a party member from this little experiment.
Once back at the fishing village, Brian announced (and slightly overexagerated) our triumps to Ulrich, the village elder. He thanked us and said we could stay as long as we required to recover. Over the next few days, while the others recovered, Brian learn how to catch Bunyips (the seal/shark thingys) and improved his card tricks. Meanwhile, while in recovery, Maldron was following his suspicions that Ulrich might know more about the world than he was letting on and showed him the amulet. Ulrich continued to claim ignorance, although warned of dangerous things in the world, of which the amulet might be one of. After a couple of days, a bit of scouting around the village indicated there had been no goblin activity and we we prepared to stay one final night at the village before heading to the giant’s foot.
Brian thanked Ulrich for his hospitality and offered for the party to split the village watches between them for the night. Ulrich agreed and Brian took up first watch. An uneventful period occurred before his handover to Andreas and Maldron, although Maldron wasn’t planning on his watch being quite so quiet. Wanting information from Ulrich, he snuck into the village elder’s house to shake it out of him in the dead of night. He had only just got past the front door when an almighty crash shook the building, leaving a hole in the side of a building and the house caught fire
The goblins were retaliating…