How tough can it be?
Zephyr – Grove Half Orc Fighter
Jordan – Radulf Human Paladin
Thomas – Balmura Human Fighter
Paul – Woody Human Ranger
James – Tarsonis Elf Wizard
Brandon – Rufus Hallfling Bard
NPC – Droop Goblin Fighter
The adventure thus far -
The party returns from cleaning out Wyvern Tor with a few more encounters but reach Phandalin bloody but with all party members.
After resting and training a bit, the party gathers the next morning and after getting their reward from the Town Master for cleaning out Wyvern Tor. Then to the Stone Hill Inn and talk with Sildar and Grundern Rockseeker.
The party feels with its numbers that it can descend into the depths of the wave echo cave. After last minutes adjustments the adventurers head up into the Storm hills. After a few hands breadth movement of the sun, the party arrives at the entrance of Wave Echo Cave by mid morning.
Into the cave and in the first chamber the party finds one of the Rockseeker brothers. Dead a few weeks probably around the same time that Grunden was ambushed on the trail to Phandalin. Basic supplies were there along with pitons and rope. There were 2 lanterns and a few other sundry goods.
Droop the goblin sees that the boots that the brother is wearing are of exceptional quality and asks Balmura about them. No one seems to bother and Droop puts them on and tells Balmura that he feels springy.
The party descends down the ropes to the bottom of the rift and Rufus can’t quite manage the art of rope climbing and falls headlong to the floor. Badly hurt, he is quickly healed and the party proceeds.
The mine shows caves and corridors and caverns that were carved from the living rock some 500+ years ago. A few rooms contain nothing but dust and broken tools and furniture. Then the several next rooms contain skeletons. Though bothersome the party handles them well.
Then the party runs in ghouls. Which turns into a large fight as the ghouls were hungry and tough. Radulf uses a thunder strike to take one of the ghouls down. the party retreats back to the old entrance and decides to long rest in one of the dwarven antechamber.
And orchre jelly that was stalking the party and during the long rest it drops on the watchers and almost takes them out. The alarm is raised and the ochre jelly is killed. Returning to rest… some time later the barricaded door is being pounded on. This wakes the party but the long rest is not finished.. the battle is on.
Bugbears break open the door and the battle ensues. Radulf is killed and the it looks like the bugbears are using oil to smoke the party out. Finally the party prevails and leaves the cave. The echo still ringing in the ears and feeling in their feet.
The party makes it back to Phandalin and Radulf is sent to Victory where he is raised and perhaps will return to Phandalin. The party returns to the manor house to rest.