They party returned late after their encounter in the barn, and slept in a little the next morning. While eating breakfast, there came a shrieking and wailing sound from outside. Malcer, the red-haired barman, dropped a load of plates he was carrying in fright, quickly cursing and swearing to cover up his embarrassment.
Rowan (again!) ran inside and asked the group to come outside and help.
Outside was a mother and child, who had apparently narrowly escaped from a local peat farm after goblins had attacked and carried off the rest of the family, and all the farm workers. No one else was around to help, the rest of the town were uptown setting things up for the festival.
So the party accompanied the woman back to her farm, and then tracked the goblins through the swampy land. They were accosted by a group of bullwugs (small humanoids with frog heads) who declared they ruled this “glorious kingdom” and demanded a tribute. Svenus, the high elf wizard, lost patience and cast “flaming sphere” on them. The bullwugs attacked, also calling in aid from a swamp troll that appeared to be willing to fight for these creatures. Most of the bullwugs were slain, the troll was badly injured by magical fire attacks, and the battle was over when Nailo (the half-elf cleric) cast a spell commanding the troll to flee.
They found the entrance to the goblin’s lair without difficulty. It seems a powerful human wizard is paying the goblins to loot this underground lair, which used to be home to a dragon. The party went inside, and used the “fog” spell to cover them while they dashed past a goblin ambush. Unfortunately they triggered a tripwire, setting off alarms and a trap that dumped dozens of rocks onto them. Searching the room revealed nothing but filthy goblin junk, and a curtain made of dog-skins.
Nephreus, the tiefling warlock, cut down this curtain, and himself and the high elf wizard were promptly attacked by vicious worgs; wolf-like creatures that goblins use as mounts.
The wizard was badly mauled and on the verge of dying, but the party managed to defeat the creatures with the help of a “grease” spell cast by the gnome.
In the next room was a dangerous-looking bugbear and more goblins. They had the prisoners from the farm at knife-point and stood there in dead silence. A badly beaten human was still locked in one of the cages, clearly not a prisoner from the farm.
The tiefling managed to intimidate the goblins into releasing the farm workers, but they refused to surrender the other prisoner.
Instead of a fight, the group decided to leave the cave before the other goblin raiding parties returned, but resolved to come back to this cave and rescue the last prisoner.
End of session 1.