Six goblins were killed, two were fed to the Wechuge.
Atropos tried to cast a healing spell on Mugley. Brutilda give him a water skein. There are two cords of stacked pine, some infested pelts, stacked spears, 3 20-30 lb. sacks of infested corn, bread loaves and pinon nut flour, a cast iron cooking pot and wooden bowls.
Mugley says he has lived here hundreds of years. Before he is able to warn anyone, Atropos and Perkins touch the loose chains that emerge mysteriously from the wall, chains like Mugley’s. The chains snap up an arm and a leg each of Atropos and Perkins. There are ten other chains in
the wall. Mugley tells them all they need the keymaster and the gatemaster. Brutilda finds the key ring on a dead goblin and gives it to Durga who finds a hole in the wall that is the same depth as the key ring(about an inch thick).
Mugley says a squad of goblins took prisoners out. The prisoners were brought by the Skylords—the missing human, Van, is a Skylord. He came and took the stormriders with the goblins. There was an old one among them; there are only twelve stormriders. (No one can find the gatemaster among the goblins). The Skylords came long ago and built a keep on top of the mountain. They use Mugley as a guide to find what’s in the ruins that are here in this cave system. The ruins, he says, have been here as long as the Bollywogs have been.
Durga puts pelts over Perkins and Atropos to hide them in case the goblins return, as Mugley indicates they are expected to do. Atropos finds metal on the floor beneath the pelts and throws a dead goblin on top—it triggers the metal to open and the goblin falls into a pit.
The goblins have been searched and minimal articles acquired.
Mugley shares that the cave beavers are animals called Wechuge. They live in the cavern behind the waterfall and elsewhere in the cave’s waterways. Mugley hides eggs with Wechuge—he is friendly with them. The eggs are Bollywog eggs, which can lie dormant for centuries. Mugley indicates that what he needs to heal is an eight-legged; there are spiders that are poisonous to others, but for him he just eats them and they nourish him. To catch them, he flicks his tongue. They are not so big.
Durga throws dead bodies into pit. Numa goes to look for a spider (Durga, Brutilda hide, staggered back; Norea is under the bridge near the captives able to see Brutilda). Numa continues around wall as the tunnel curves—there is a wood-splintering sound behind some rubble as he passes. When the tunnel straightens he can see that it branches in three directions. There are spider webs at the end of the passage.
Numa encounters a swarm of spiders, leaps and crawls to escape them and makes it back. We regroup at the bridge. Durga suggests Norea sticks her head in the hole exposed where the rubble and splintering sound had been, which Durga has cleared. Norea casts light onto a stick and pulls a piece of mirror out for Durga. Durga can see a cave wall with space above and below it, an abyss with a slim path on each side—up at the end there are goblins hiding behind a broken bridge. The remainder of the bridge is dangling from the other side, the end that was one of the three branches of tunnel and which Numa slipped past in the dark to find the spider webs.
The party continues to that spot and searches the other division of the tunnel and find four Bollywog eggs. They pack them for Mugley. Durga, Norea, Numa and Brutilda run past the opening that leads to the broken bridge. (They have learned from Mugley that the passage beyond the bridge leads to a well at the base of the Skylords keep—it is a thirty minute swim for Bollywogs, who can use the waterway that feeds the well. It is also a thirty minute walk through the tunnel. Brutilda and Durga torch the spider swarm with ale and a torch. Norea is holding the only light, a chunk of wood from the fire at the goblin camp. It provides twenty feet of illumination. Just beyond the spider swarm, which has dispersed, there is a cave nook.
Brutilda leads and suddenly two spiders appear in front of her. Durga attacks and misses, Norea nails one of the spiders against the back wall with a crossbow. Numa pins the back spider to the wall and a new spider shoots a web from behind the party. It misses Brutilda and she misses with her attack on it. One spider hits Durga with a web and Durga begins cutting herself free; Norea daggers a spider and inflicts damage but Numa’s blow is deflected—the spider fires a web that misses, the other spider covers Norea with the mucousy web but the torch remains lit, sticking out above the web. Brutilda attacks it but inflicts no damage.
Durga cuts herself free, Norea cuts herself free and Numa hits a spider but the spider spits web around Numa, a critical hit. The other covers Norea, but again the light remains above the web. Brutilda hits the other spider hard—it’s dead. Durga kills the last spider and Norea is cut free.
Other web cocoons are found. Three old goblins and one fresh one are unbound and more key pieces are discovered. Numa picks up the two spiders that are not too crushed to bring to Mugley.
Running back past the opening of the tunnel that hides the goblins, Durga makes it as arrows hit the back wall. Norea follows and is badly wounded but still up. Brutilda is hit by arrow but passes. Arrows sink into something as Numa passes but it is one of the spiders he is carrying.
As soon as everyone is back in the cave a portcullis drops. The chains in the walls, the chains around the prisoners begin retracting. Durga and Numa must fit the key puzzle found on the goblin together. They work at it and soon figure it out—they place it into the recess where the key ring fit. Everything matches and the chains drop, freeing the prisoners.
Mugley is so happy for the four eggs and so grateful for the two spiders; Norea needs healing.