Chapter 07: Values

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Session Number: 7
Date: Thursday 6 March 2008
Venue: Tammi's
PCs & Players:

Catria Rgr1 (Tammi) (kills: 3 goblins)
Nuff Mage1/Drd1 (Densial) (kills: none)
Sack Thf1 (Fergus) (kills: none)
Sigil Ill1/Thf1 (Craig) (kills: none)

XP Awarded: 2000 each

Our next move? Retrieve Dwight's body and bug out. Sack suggests that we ensure our escape route is clear, so he exits the tunnels and climbs up to the top of the chasm, accompanied by Sigil. The thieves find no threat and return to the caverns.

The group heads inward, making for the crystal cavern where Dwight's body lies, Catria leading the way. She nears the cavern housing the barge and sees three spear-wielding goblins aboard the barge, heading our way!

Sigil looses of one of his two remaining crossbow bolts at the goblins but misses. Sack's bolt is true but only manages a glancing blow. Catria holds the entrance and lets the goblins come to her. Unfortunately, the tunnel's width prevents anyone else from engaging in the melee. Sigil manages to flick his knife at one of the goblins, wounding but not felling the little beast. Catria slays all three goblins, but is sorely wounded in return. Sigil retrieves his knife, reloads his crossbow and takes point as the party continues towards the crystal cave.

The only occupant of the crystal-filled cavern is Dwight's body - any remaining goblins are maintaining a safe distance. Catria retrieves her grapple and most of the rope, after which Nuff aids her in carrying Dwight. Sigil covers the party's rear as we vacate without incident.

On the long trip back to Thrace the group discusses how to approach the ensuing conversation with John Parsons. Catria is all for telling the truth regardless of the potential risk to ourselves. Sack is all for avoiding being labeled as a murderer. Sigil is all for making sure that Dwight's evil acts come to light, but is less precious about other details. In the end, the "story" we are to present to Parsons deviates from the truth along these lines:

  1. After entering the caverns and dispatching the goblin cooks, we enter the crystal cavern undetected and witness an armed and unhindered Dwight in conversation with several goblins.
  2. The conversation becomes heated and weapons are drawn on both sides.
  3. Dwight kills a couple of the goblins but the remainder overpower and kill him.
  4. Our party fall upon the remaining goblins and kill them.
  5. We retrieve Dwight's body and head back for Thrace.

Nuff is chosen to act as our spokesperson. We return to Thrace uneventfully and meet with Parsons. The conversation goes more or less as planned, Parsons accepting our subterfuge. He is rather interested in the location of the cavern, however…

[Craigo] Parsons wants more than his bolts of cloth, methinks!

Parsons pays each of us in full and our business is concluded… for the time being.

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