After successfully setting up trade routes to human lands for the dwarves of Stonehold, the party was hired yet again by Lord Cobblestone to venture back into the mountain. The superstitious dwarves were afraid to go further into the mountain after miners began to disappear. Rumors of some ghostly beast began to surface, Lord Cobblestone thought that the goblins who fled further into the mountain may be to blame and hired the party to find out what became of them and to possibly take care of them.
The party traveled without incident to the mine and were greeted by the familiar face of the foreman that they had rescued a few years ago. He made sure they were escorted as far as any miner would go and warned them of strange gray shapes that ran when seen and the spirit that was stalking the miner. The party stumbled onto some of those gray shapes, Grimlocks, and found them to be a fairly defeated people who seemed to be driven from their homes. Their leader, Gleb, is one of the only ones to speak common. He told the party his people had many problems and had moved up to this level from far below. “He is awakening” he told the party, but was not able to communicate who or how they knew. He did lead the party to the entrance to the “Stone fortress” where the remaining goblins were holed up. The Beast had been hunting his people as well and either the party would finish it, or be a good meal for the beast for some time.(Though it took quite some time for him to come to this conclusion)
Once at the doors the group was attacked by a group of hobgoblin gaurds, one even managed to barely escape leaving a trail of blood much to Elric‘s disdain. They heard loud deep snoring off the blood path and Psymon went to ’investigate’. He found the large ogier snoring against the wall. Reconizing him from thier previous adventures Psymon went for the quite kill, botched the job and got smacked across the room. He made a second attempt and accidently slapped the slumbering behemoth waking up a very grumpy orgier. The party came and managed to convince the ogier that there were things ot smash at the end of the blood trail and he happily picked up Psymon and ran off towards blissful smashing.
Instead of things to smash the group found an empty room with an alter in it, ontop of which was a crude goblin figure. Two gargoyals were on either side of the alter, so the party convinced Thunk to smash the gargoyle. This proved to be frutile as the stone was left nearly unscathed and jumped to life to peck at the ogier. This confused thunk greatly. They continued to follow the blood and Thunk finally got to smash a nearly dead hobgoblin. The party entered to find a dirty dwarf cowering in a corner and blood everywhere. At first the party thought to escort the tormented dwarf back up, but Elric felt something was off, it turned out that the dwarf was really a goblin who had disguised itself to try to fool the party and escape. A fight between two goblin clerics, the party, and a confused Thunk followed, With Thunk nearly killing Callista’s cat Sparkles on accident.
Once back in the alter room, the party attempted to destroy the effigy but as soon as it was touched gas began to spill from the base of the alter. Without anyone with disable device, Elric cast air bubble on Psymon allowing him to ignore the gas and investigate the alter. The party found a hidden compartment with a cheast inside with 600 gold and a potion of enlarge person.