With the sun starting to fade over the horizon, and the goblins having a small lead, the adventurers felt time was of the essence. Caspian and King Dong-Ki took the lead with Chell Al’al and Hou Shan close behind as they followed the trail left by the goblins. Shan noted how their quarry was being abnormally cautious with their tracks. Beastmen like goblins rarely think to cover their trail, but these were obviously making an attempt. Unfortunately for the goblins, their inexperience left a marred path just as good, if not better, to follow.
The first goblin the party encountered was alone at a clearing surrounded by gnarled trees covered in cobwebs. He appeared to be moving the webbing with a stick, but panicked at the sight of the adventurers and attempted to run. In a shocking move, Chell teleported to the goblin’s position and attacked. The goblin fled into the woods, but was quickly overtaken and knocked out by King. In the meantime, spiders poured from the trees over Chell. Caspian also showed the ability to teleport, and appeared at Chell’s side to assist her with Shan close behind—summoning his stone companion into the fray. After defeating the spiders and their two dog sized brood mothers, Chell went and dispatched the goblin. Shan took the Web-Moving Pole, and the group continued on after the goblins.
By then the sun had set, and the adventurers arrived at the goblin encampment. They defeated the lookouts, and a goblin champion whose head Shen took and gave to Chell before moving into the cave. Inside, they threw the champion’s head at the horde and they made quick work of them. A single skirmisher escaped out the front while hollering for mercy. The chieftain hexor also escaped, but far more cunningly. He fled into a tunnel, and yelled that it was “too late to save the prince.” King followed the chief only to find his path blocked by a large statue.
King returned from the tunnel with a completely different demeanor, as if he had seen a ghost. He claimed he’d have to meditate on his experience before speaking on it. Chell went to investigate the statue after seeing King’s reaction, but returned claiming to have noticed nothing. The group had many wounds to tend to from the chase, and decided to take up camp for the night.