As we awoke from an 8 hour rest, we decided that we should continue with our task of clearing out the kobolds from the caves as we promised the town. We entered by the same entrance as the last time. Celdur Kavall jumped over the pit trap yet again and set out the planks so that the rest of us could cross safely to the right side of the cave system.
As we proceed down the cave system, we encounter a lever. Both Bowl and Thalia attempt to move the lever but are unsuccessful. After these two failures, Shanta steps forward to try and detect magic on the lever, and in anticipation of something potentially less than good happening once the lever was pulled, Thalia stepped forward in front of Bowl inadvertently triggering a portcullis trap separating her from the rest of the group and bring to attention two Elite Kobolds and a few younglings. Celdur Kavall finally manages to move the lever but when he lets go it returns to its original position at which point he pulls the lever back again and wedges his dagger into the lever to hold it in place.
With the lever in place, the group moves forward to face off the kobolds. Kavall and Thalia went to face off with the elite kobolds while the others faced off with the younglings. Bowl also assisted with the destruction of the elite kobolds. Shanta managed to intimidate the younglings into fleeing back into a room within the caves and after killing a few of the kobolds, the female kobolds negotiate a surrender for themselves and their young; they agree to leave the caves and the area and never return or harass the towns people again as well as providing our group with directions to the Kobold Chieftain, and we in return let them flee the caves and follow the direction given us to face off with the Chieftain.
However, before we start off in earnest to begin this confrontation, Bowl decides to search a kobold alter at the back of the now vacated cavern room for treasure. At this point, Bowl triggers a pit trap with nasty spikes at the bottom that he narrowly misses in his fall. Thalia searches for more traps and detects them all around the alter but finds that it is safe to step up and help pull Bowl out of the pit trap. Bowl successfully throws up his rope and Thalia manages to catch it and working together Bowl is returned to safe and stable ground. Hoorah!
There is yet another lever visible in the room and after a brief inspection the group ultimately decides to move on up the hall towards the chieftain when yet another lever is discovered up the hall. After figuring that this lever also most likely goes to the portcullis trap Thalia again takes the lead and manages to run into yet another trap, this time a razor wire stretched across the walkway, and does herself some minor damage. Thalia then cuts through with trap wire with her sword so the others can pass safely through. The group then back tracks slightly to inspect a door which Celdur Kavall ultimately smashed in to reveal a food storage room, although not really what most of us would call food.
As the group moves on from the storage room they notice yet another lever just up the hall and faced momentarily by instance of collective indecision, Thalia decides to pull the lever and see what happens. Thalia is successful in this attempt and though nothing appears to happen, she continues to hold the lever in place. Bowl then safely moves further into the cave system only to be met with the third kobold elite of the day. At some point Thalia decides to release the lever to see what will happen after which Bowl decides to retreat back towards the rest of the group. Bowl takes damage when a swing scythe grazes him as he moves past a certain point in the corridor. At this point it becomes apparent that Thalia’s previous hold on the lever had halted the swinging scythe and before she can re-establish her hold on the lever Celdur Kavall jumps through the deadly trap to do battle against Elite Kobold 3. In order that the party may pass through the corridor assured of their safety, Thalia pulls back on the scythe yet again and holds it in place while the other valiantly battle with Elite Kobold 3 and then the Kobold Chieftain emerges after Elite Kobold 3 falls. Once the rest of the party had moved safely past the swinging scythe of sentient cessation, Thalia released the lever and moved as fast as her feet would take her past the trap and managed to pass perilouslessly through.
While the battle with the Chieftain was not an easy one, ultimately the group was victorious and in one accord set out to find for themselves loot. In an ironic twist of fate, it was Bowl the Gnome that found himself treasure-less after their looting while Celdur Kavall, Shanta, and Thalia all find nice little treasures for themselves. In addition, the painting that the town asked for as proof of the group’s completed mission was recovered, but seeing as how the group still has at least half of the cave system to search and rid of the kobold menace, it was decided that the illustrious warriors would venture to the safety of the outside again making camp in the same location they had the night before and taking the planks with them to ensure their ability to pass over to the other part of the cave system with both ease and safety when venturing again into the darkness to complete their quest.