A Miner Problem – As soon as the party enters the fray, suicidal orcs light the bombs strapped to their bodies and dive into groups of orcs and dwarves. Half of the battlefield is blasted into oblivion. From then on the battle is a struggle for the adventurers and dwarfs. Eventually, though, they kills the last of the orcs. The group loots 5 Bone Necklaces, 3 Health Potions, 87 Gold, and 2 Alchemist’s Fires from the dead.
After the strife, Dain rallies his troops to him and asks the heroes to join him in taking back the mines. Going up to the large double doors blocking the way into the mines, the dwarf captain unpacks dozens of firebombs and has Titan blow the door to smithereens. Rushing in after the platoon of dwarves, you see the carnage of the blast. Orc guts make the ground slick, but everyone keeps their footing. Howls of rage echo through the caverns and Dain orders his troops to split and cover the mining tunnel entraces. He shouts for the party to follow him onward to another set of closed doors. He flings his last bomb at the door and charges in.
BOOM!!! – Orcs litter the cavernous hall. The party again has a tough time with the vile orcs. Finally after a long and bloody battle, the group fells the final enemy.
Searching through the storage rooms and the dead orcs, the heroes find some loot and a Flaming Sword+1. Ajenta Summerwind (R.I.P.) takes the sword. Dain then tells the group that there is one final area to clear out. A long stairway takes the party to a large cave room with an open ‘window’ leading to the coastal sea behind the Silver Mountains. As they climb the long flight of stone carved stairs, the party’s endurance is tested. Being stout and hardy adventurers, they feel no worse for the wear on their climb. Reaching the top, they find an adult Blue Dragon talking to an especially evil-looking orc. Finnan Keen hears that the dragon is talking in Common and overhears this: “The invaders are near. Slay them. I must fly south to rally the army. Tonight I shall feast on Aggratosh’s bones and then we shall have our prize.”.
Stairway to Heaven – The Orcs are first to act again. Death Mage repeatedly spews out swarms of flies weakening and maiming the adventurers. It is a tough battle with all of the heroes looking rather beaten, but eventually the tide turns and they start striking back hard. Leonitas Brutalaus (MIA), Ajenta, Creine Zephyr, and Dain swing their weapons ferociously time and time again. With Finnan and Titan flinging shurikens and magic respectively from the back lines, the melee warriors finally start to vanquish the orcs. Searching the area, they find 2 Health Potions, a Wand of Shield+2, and Guantlets of Ogre Power. The wizard takes the wand, while the fighter takes the guantlets.
After the battle, Dain leads them back down the stairs and into the first room in the Mines. Glim Veinfinder is there waiting, thanking the party, and giving them a Cloak of Resistance+2, which the warlord takes for himself. They lead you to the center of camp, where a large rock formation with a cave lies. Taking you down all the way, Glim introduces you to Aggratosh. The Iron Dragon tells the party of his old alliance with the dwarves of these mountains and how in exchange for finer gems found within the mines, the dragon would protect the dwarves. That ended two nights ago when Zharthos and his allies snuck into the mines and slaughtered the dwarves. The sneak attack also left Aggratosh nearly crippled. He now informs the group that an army of orcs shall be here by nightfall and that time is running out. What skills do you have to help fend off the coming horde?