On August 10th, Year 5, some Citadel House Adventurers went looking for kobolds that a hunter reported had yelled and shot at him near Moaning Hill. After speaking to his wife to learn what she knew (he was on another hunting trip further South) and confirming with the Dragon Empire diplomat that they were a rogue element, the party headed to Moaning Hill to see what they were up to.
- Gorg (HuS): Level 4 Orc Thief
- Rowan (MiM): Level 4 Elf Magic-user (Life and Death)
- Ragnvaldr (TrS): Level 3 Human Fighter
- Stephen (EnS): Level 2 Human Thief
Though none of them has actually been to Moaning Hill, it is well documented and they make their way there, eating lunch within sight of the extremely porous pile of rocks. They decide to circle the hill, searching for signs of the kobolds. On the south side of the hill they find signs of a kobold camp and follow tracks toward the hill.
Near a crevice that seems to go deeper into the hill, they encounter some large spiders (cat sized) which they quickly kill, finding a web-wrapped kobold corpse. Continuing into the crevice, they come upon a chamber full of webs that block out their lantern light.
Gorg starts to cut their way through the webs and they are attacked by hordes of spiders. It starts to look bad for Ragnvalder and Gorg in the front line and they withdraw, protecting Rowan as he fills the cavern with a death burst that only wounds them a little and kills most of the spiders. They soon mop up and search the cavern, Gorg clearing the rest of the webs out.
In the cavern they find four more dead kobolds wrapped in webs and bones, as well as the old bones of many other creatures, some of them kobold, throughout the cavern. They search the cavern thoroughly and come up with quite a few coins and some other baubles.
In a tunnel off the left of the cavern they find another open space, this one smelling of bat guano and filled with nearly a foot of it. Gorg dives right in, scaring the bats out through a another tunnel leading to the surface. While the others verify that it connects to the outside, Gorg searches, finding a few coins buried in the guano.
Having determined where the kobolds ended up, they decide to search around the hill looking for more signs and find indications that the kobolds had camped in several places around the hill, striking up into it in various places. They even find a new grave that Gorg digs up to pull out the kobold inside, killed with spider bites.
They return and report their findings to Matthias, who is concerned that rogue kobolds are seemingly trying to establish some kind of presence in Moaning Hill. He is further concerned at the indication that there are giant spiders, apparently independent of the Spider Queen’s brood, living in it.
The Haven year in review is up. Hard to believe we’ve been at this for two whole years. Seems like I’m taking a little too long to move along any major plot lines…