Note: Yesterday, I kind of “shoe horned” pathfinder society character Shamus Ravenfeather (6 Druid, Society # 24366-1) into the adventure. I thought the party might have trouble with the Kobold cave (which turned out to not be a Kobold Cave) since we had only three players and no healing. I was wrong, the party handled everything with minimal need for druidic intervention. What did happen was that Mike attacked him which put me in an awkward position for two reasons:
1) He’s my “Flag Ship” pathfinder character and I would hate to see him die
2) Shamus and his armor wearing dire tiger animal companion could have probably killed the entire party
I was thankfully able to side step the issue because he failed his sense motive roll. I’m sorry for underestimating the party!
Big news at the trading post: the pit is completely filled in and then some. The kobolds have started building on the second story of the guest house and Dakkan (Mike) now owns the annexed storage shack legally. Thomas (Jim) and Tuk Tuk (Will) tricked Oleg into selling it for 30 gold, using only some dice and a cleverly worded, signed contract. Dakkan cerebrated his new ownership by ingesting lotus blooms and setting himself on fire (kobold putting it out with water and pee.) Also, Oleg was completely healed! A mysterious trapper came by while the heroes where sleeping and healed him back to full heath.
As the party was about to head out to the Kobold cave the potion dealer told them about the mysterious stranger shows up at the camp. He was wearing dragon mail full plate armor and introduced himself as an Eagle Knight of Andor. After a short conversion the Knight demonstrated his shape shifting abilities and informed the party he would meet them near the cave since his own mission is around that area. The party tried to talk him out of it but he couldn’t be reasoned with. The party had no choice but to head out and deal with Eagle Knight Shamus later. Shamus, being distrustful of Dakkan because of his Cheliaxian ancestry, orders his animal companion to "watch him closely ".
The journey was largely uneventful save two interesting happenings. The first one was a chance running into a kobold witch calling herself the “Spider Queen.” She was on a crusade to enthrall or kill a few giant rebel spiders that refused to recognize her as their monarch. The Queen climbed down an abandoned mine shaft and an epic battle ensued between the four giant spiders and the Queen’s spider swarms minions. The party decided to not interfere with the civil war and agreed to check on things once a victor is decided. Two days after “the spider incident” they came across a broken bridge over a wide river being guarded by a single undead. The creature’s intentions where not hostile (to the party). He seeks vengeance on the Stag Lord and demands his body be thrown into his river. Thomas, having a previously established hatred of the undying, disregarded the creatures non-aggresive nature and attacked. After a few blows the monk is denied his sanctification when the undead hopped off the bridge and magically walked on water, moving out of Thomas reach. Disappointed, Thomas is forced to leave but vows to kill “zombie Jesus” at the earliest convenience.
The party finally arrives at the area where the supposed kobold cave should be located but there was no cave…only a large tree. Once they advance closer to the tree the big cat that had been tailing them this whole time leads them to a clearing. There they find a kobold deep in a chemically induced meditation session. Once awoken, the kobold named himself “KEE-bob” and revealed himself to being Shamus contact “within” the Stonescale kobolds. Despite his recent exiling, bob is still well informed about the goings on in the tribe. He tells the party of a pointless ongoing campaign going on between the Stonescale kobolds and the fey creatures know as “mites” living underneath the big tree. The mites had stolen the kobolds religious idol and in response the Stonescale chieftain had declared war on the mischievous fey. Once KEE-bob’s story is complete Shamus appeared and told the party he is a member of the pathfinder society and interested in examining the idol. Thinking that Shamus true motive is to take the idol, the party refuses to let him come along. A long argument in sues but eventually he is allowed to come provided he doesn’t take the idol or anything else in the lair.
As an interesting side note, Tuk Tuk is well known among the stolen land kobold and referred to as “The Gold Giver” by all Stonescale encountered from his point onward.
As they enter the first room the adventurer soon discovers that the mites are no match for them. Shamus kept to his word and took no action other then observing the party at work. After a few chambers filled with recently killed mites and recently freed imprisoned kobolds, the party reached a 20 foot deep chasm. It is here where Dakkan’s treachery is unleashed. Once Tuk Tuk and Thomas safely climbed down the rift the druid began his decent. Dakkan casted a spell and kicked the druid in the face but Shamus didn’t fall. During the instance of face booting Shamus lost control over his tiger and the beast attacked with savage fury; nearly killing Dakkan. Shamus continued his climb down and joined the fight with pair of giant centipedes. Despite there fearsome size the creatures proved to be no match to there combined might. After the business with the centipedes was sorted he climbed back up the wall and he magically healed Dakkan back up to consciousness. When confronted about the attack Dakkan lied and said he meant it as a harmless prank. Shamus believed the story and apologies for his companion’s attacks but was deeply offended by Dakkan incredibly unfunny joke. He left the cave to await the party’s success outside but left his cat to keep an eye on Dakkan…again.
After climbing up the other side of the rift the party discovered the mites’ war room were a meeting between the “generals” was taking place. The tiger, unable to climb down the rift, walked around the cave and appears at the other end of the war room. All the mites in the room charged the big cat. The party took advantage of the distracted mites and launched an attack of there own. Completely disseminating the mites’ numbers until only there high officer, mounted on a giant tick, remained. Even he couldn’t hold out long versus the party’s ranged attacks and the tigers vicious claw, claw, bite. Once killed, the party recovered the idol and a sack of swag. Wasting no time the party and cat began there ascent out of the cave to where Shamus and the freed kobolds awaited them…
Note: Session ended here because it was getting late. Six will pick up right here, at the base of the tree.