The party follow Telzen’s “friend” the lead Kobold (known as Varn). Sniv, the other Kobold stays more towards the rear of the single file group.
The group crawls through a very narrow winding tunnel only about 3’ high by 2’ wide, with the exception of Nennah who’s halfling frame is accommodated nicely. Tarn uses the eyes of Ben to se what’s up ahead and lets the group know about some Murder holes lining either side of the passageway leading to parallel tunnels.
Therren turns into mist at this point and checks out a tunnel whilst Ben is directed at the other.
They spot Kobolds in the other tunnels with small spears, however they seem to have heeded the word “friend” called out in Draconic by Varn.
Further in the party passes along a narrow trench with 15’ high walls and a cavern above featuring criss crossed platforms. Therren sees Kobolds hiding up their with crossbows and jars of hot oil.
Still further on through more narrow tunnels they reach a rickety bridge. Varn says they’ll have to cross one at a time or it will collapse under their great weight. Varn crosses first and Telzen misty steps straight behind him. Nennah tries (and fails unbeknownst to her) to follow the Kobolds exact path but no harm comes to her. The others use the broom to get across with the exception of Eric who just strides carefully over, cloak at the ready.
They are taken to what looks like part of the old keep. An elderly Kobold with a pronounced limp and shortness of breath is waiting there, he introduces himself as Hox. Much to his surprise Ethia immediately heals his ailments as best she can.
Hox tells them he’ll take them to speak to Kashak, the leader. Telzen forces Varn to come along as well, Varn looks very scared by this. Hox leads the party into a large bottle shaped room and the doors clang shut after them. They become aware of a platform high in the chimney like wall behind some bars and a flickering light.
There is something liquid and thick on the floor in here.
A Kobold strides towards the platform holding a torch as Therren moves up to investigate.
it is around this moment that the others realise they’re standing in oil and this is communicated to Therren through the mind link. He re-corporialises on the platform having passed through the bars and magically snuffs out the torch.
The kobold on the platform turns out to be Kashak, he seems at least a little friendly and kind words from Hox regarding the healing spell augment this. Varn also reports that the intruders have not really harmed anyone.
The leader reveals that they’ve been here about 8 years, it was recommended to the previous leader. Recently a hydra – Fia’mat has taken up residence and the kobolds flocked to serve it. Kashak explains that they must be taken to Fia’mat as by know, Molo, the sorcerer (Fia’mat’s right hand kobold) will know of their presence. It seems that many kobolds resent Molo and especially Fia’mat who occasionally eats them.
The party agree to slay Fia’mat, the Hydra in return for safe passage.
After a quick rest and considerable preparation they run into his lair which is an old druidic storage room that opens into the underground lake. A magical force barrier prevents the water from flooding the cavern, mostly, but allows the Hydra to cross the barrier and come and go swimming into and out of the lake.
Ben is enlarged by tar to match the Hydra in size.
Nennah banishes the Hydra to another plane as Eric tracks down and kills a dumbfounded Molo.
Ethia conjures two Giant snakes and turns into a Fire Elemental.
Tarn rips off three patches from his cloak creating three Mastiffs at his command.
The party all get into position, readying attacks for the Hydra’s return…
A guiding bolt from Nennah welcomes the hydra back, followed by some serious hits from Telzen, heads start coming off. Tarn blasts it’s chest. Eric chops wildly. Therren releases a huge fireball high up that adds to the damage from Ethia’s form that is inside the Hydra’s space. Unfortunately the fireball also catches Ben, smashing him against the wall where he lies still and smoking.
The Hyra tries to bite out at the party with it’s quickly diminishing crop of heads, but can barely inflict any damage through the rain of incoming attacks.
As heads fly off left and right, Tarn finally blows open the thing’s ribcage leaving it in an gory puddle on the floor.
To be continued…