The PCs are led by their hobgoblin prisoners to the cave of the “Matron.” They are waylaid by goblin wolf riders but fend them off, capturing three goblins in the process. Upon arriving in the cave, they meet a large, old Bugbear, a (pet?) cave bear, a well-armed hobgoblin (possible leader?), and a band of hobgoblin warriors and monks. The bugbear is apparently the Matron, and she refers to the other goblinoids as her “war-sons.” After some negotiation, she agrees to turn over a chest of loot in return for the captive goblinoids.
The Matron then offers the PCs a deal: “much more” treasure if they head through the large bronze doors at the back of the cave and deal with the “unclear spirits” within. Heading inside, the PCs wade through a thick fog before entering a room overgrowing with vegetation. A figure of a halfling woman is at the threshold of a swirling portal. The PCs checked the other set of bronze doors and found a similar halfling woman, this time in a room of cold ash. Between the two persons, the PCs learned that their “paths had been confused,” and that “their threads were torn between multiple gates, unable to find their way home.” One offered that “destroying the other threads might free them to leave the room,” but that they might be “diminished.” Another suggested that if “the one opposing me” was destroyed or “forced to face me,” they might prevail.
The PCs attempt to spend the night in the room of cold ashes, when suddenly the halfling woman exclaims that “the gate had been open too long,” then vanished, as the portal roared with activity and something stepped through…
+ 120 xp (Combat)
+ 150 xp (Roleplaying)
+ 150 xp (Exploration)
= 2,815 / 2,700
When the PCs next return to safety to rest and train, they may reach level 4.
2,400 copper pieces
1,200 silver pieces
80 gold pieces (3,680 coins, total gp value 224)
Gems (bloodstone, moonstone, onyx, citrine, jasper, zircon)
Scabbard (shortsword) with silver inlay and pearls
Ornate warhammer with gold filigree
Excellent quality ceramic bowl with griffon motif
2 Potions of Greater Healing (4d4+4)
1 Unknown potion (brown, with grainy texture and foaming bubbles)