After a night at the inn in Winterhaven, the group of adventurers paid a visit to the Lord Padraig concerning their promises to the Goblins. Though skeptical of their trustworthiness, without much in the way of an armed force Padraig was pleased to hear the Goblins might be coerced into leaving the farms and village unmolested and agreed to meet with an ambassador for the Goblins.
Satisfied with their meeting, the party returned to searching for the Kobolds menacing the area. Now nearly noon, they returned to the inn to find any locals who could provide direction to their search. With some aid and information, the group set out once more, searching in the area the Kobolds were known to attack most often. After a few hours of searching, they located a group and followed them to their lair. Akmenos and the elf took to the trees in order to use the height to their advantage, while Chrom and Pankas rushed the littered campsite on foot. A brief battle ensued though a few escaped into a cavern behind a nearby waterfall. The party pursued the fleeing Kobolds without hesitation and quickly found themselves facing a small colony of Kobolds led by an outcast Goblin.
Panicking, Pankas downed a strength potion he’d received from the elf wizard, only to realize it was a fast-acting laxative. Chrom and Akmenos tried to hold back the overwhelming number of kobolds so that Pankas could recover, while the elf used a rolling sphere of flame to protect their flank. Chrom finally struck down the leader and the few remaining Kobolds retreated from the caverns, leaving the party to loot whatever spoils remained. The exhausted party returned to Winterhaven shortly after dark with barely a sliver of moon to light their path.
After confirming the eradication of the Kobolds with Padraig and receiving their pay, the party agreed to return to Shadowfell Keep with Padraig’s invitation to the Goblins. They quickly resupplied and set out for the Keep. Along the way, the ran into a few undead that were dispatched easily, but worried them as to the condition of their new allies.
Entering the ruins of the Keep, they discovered the Goblins barricaded within their warrens while zombies and skeletons wandered the halls. The party slew those undead present and pressed the Goblins for aid in removing the menace. With a few Goblin warriors in tow, the party delved into the Keep’s catacombs, seeking the source of the undead incursion. The party cleared out the majority of undead before discovering the hidden entrance to what appeared like an ancient temple. Their Goblin henchmen refused to go further, so the party left them to finish clearing the floor while they investigated the strange room.
Inside they found several ghouls guarding a necromancer performing some vile ritual. They could tell it must be vile because of the blood involved. Not to mention the large, menacing portal in the background. The ensuing fight was brutal, but the party triumphed. However, as the necromancer was slain, a massive deformed hand reached through the portal and drug his body into the shadowy realm beyond. Looting the area, the party discovered a letter identifying the necromancer as Kalarel and implicating a group of slavers, the Bloodreavers, as his source of corpses.
The party returned to the surface to spend the night in the ruins beneath a moonless sky.