Continuing through the dungeon, the party decided to folllow Nuati’s suggestion that they locate and deal with the Ettin’s band, who they had tracked here in the first place, before mindlessly attacking unrelated undead in the area. Getting Takahiro to track the ettin further into the caves so as to avoid other inhabitants (for which the paladin of Pelor paid him an extra 50 gold as danger pay), the group quickly descended upon the ettin’s lair.
While Nuati and Sarror escorted Takahiro back out of the caves, the rest of the party engaged a band of goblins, accompanied by a gnoll, all wearing decent armour too.
Dimitri leaped into the room sword-first, attempting to end the fight before it could begin. But much to his surprise, the attacks did not have the desired effect and not one enemy fell to his first blows.
Hearing a ruckus, Sarror turned back, leaving Nuati to make sure the tracker made it to safety. While the goblins and gnoll surrounded the battle-eager paladin of Pelor, cutting him off from the rest of the group, the ettin decided to make his/their appearance.
As the battle had commenced, the rogue had quietly been applying spells to his defences and now, seeing the ettin approaching, moved to the front. While the rogue stepped up, Sigafried sent off a grease spell, which the ettin slipped and fell in.
Pausing to cast a prayer spell and a shield of faith, the cleric stepped up beside the rogue to battle the giant.
The battle continued this way for a little while, with Gorin’s warriors shooting crossbows into the fray. Sarror returned to aid in felling the ettin (who tripped a second time in the same grease puddle by the way), but a second assailant could be heard in the room beyond.
As the paladin of Pelor struggled harder than he’d ever had to before to fell a gaggle of goblins (decent amour goes a long way!), the rest of the party engaged the new attacker from the next room, who turned out to be an arcane caster, probably a sorcerer, evil scum.
Given a few minutes to prepare himself while the ettin held off the party, the goblin sorcerer was well defended and ready for battle. Despite Gorin’s efforts to shield his warriors from the front of battle, the sorcerer struck down Reggran Flintspar (though “exploded”, or maybe even “popped” would be a more accurate description) with a lightning bolt that cut through the ranks of the party.
Before the sorcerer could do any more lethal damage to the party, the rest of the dwarves and group swarmed up and demolished him. And then looted him.
All the while, the paladins had continued to struggle and beat down the last remaining goblins, who had continued to prove their impressive resilience. With the last goblins finally hacked to death, the party looted all the bodies and the rooms nearby, healed their worst wounds quickly and retreated from the caves to rest.
The dwarves solemnly buried Reggran in his armour with both his dwarven waraxe and heavy crossbow beneath a small cairn. They then solemnly drank to his name and memory, as all good dwarves do.
Having brought a small number of pearls, the party, well Nuati, was able to identify the following among their loot: an Ioun stone of scarlet and blue that increases intelligence (which the wizard snatched immediately), a +3 short sword (now being used by Dimitri), a Necklace of Adaptation (taken by the bard Nuati) and a +2 chain shirt (pyjamas for Gil). They had also looted some 700 gold.
Having taken no prisoners, the party slept and rested overnight, preparing to continue their delve into the caves and tunnels on the morrow. The undead in the caves must have come from somewhere, and deeper in the caves seems like a likely place to begin looking. Plus there might be more loot.