Having only one exit from this room the group kept going, leaving behind the eerie violet fire and crushed kruthik eggs. They came across another kobold trap, unable to disable it Perion sat on the pressure switch as the blade swung harmlessly above him. After a while the party came to a T intersection. The way in front of them was in much the same condition as the way behind them…narrow with crumbly walls. But, to the party’s right the path was much different. It was wider with great supports to it. It seemed that either this hallway had been made by a different mountain denizen or that the kobolds placed great importance on it. Unanimously the party agreed that this would be the way to go. As they moved down the hallway Abderus noticed just that, they were going down a slight incline. Not thinking anything of it they kept going, clearly going the way to the heart of the mountain. Shortly after noticing that they were still going down hill at a slight slant Abderus heard the tell-tell yapping of koblods…clearly not trying to be quiet. Loving an ambush himself and Griffo started to sneak up on the room. SNAP! Abderus had triggered a kobold trap, a portcullis slammed down in front of him. And then there was some rumbling in the behind the party, something was coming for them.
Wasting no time Abderus lifted the gate and shouted for people to get past him, Hermes was first to skitter underneath the iron bars and on to the wall to protect his master from a free attack. Soon Zarn joined him. The barking kobolds in the next room started coming for them. Before Perion and the rest had a chance to move they found out what was bouncing after them, three huge iron balls covered in spikes tumbled down the ever-so-slight incline…ready to impale anything it their way. First was Perion, who managed to avoid most of the damage with just a few making it through his hide armor. Next was Mort, who was not able to evade the bouncing balls but much the same as Perion his armor saved him from the sharp spikes. Griffo was third; he managed to all but jump over the balls, but did not have any hide armor to save him from the spikes as they scrapped his legs. One of the balls actually smashed him squarely in the face nearly bloodying the halfling. All this before a single kobold attack. Perion ran through the bouncing spiked balls and made it to the other side of the portcullis, just as Abderus slammed it shut, splitting the party. Adberus then rushed into the room with Hermes and started the slaughter. Zarn, able to see more the room decided to get to a more advantageous spot but did not count on a kobold waiting to stick him before he got there, he took a grievous wound and all he could do was light up to room for his companions. The same sly kobold slashed Zarn again….it looked bad for the Eladrin wizard. Perion knew his target but before he could get to him a kobold hero rushed for Abderus, cutting his kneecaps and dealing another healthy blow to the ranger. With the party divided and Mort trying to get the gate opened it looked like The Storm Legion was about to end. Nobody told Perion this though as he belted out a mighty song that allowed his allies to move and his enemies to falter back. This set up Griffo to blast the group of baddies with a single arc of lightening that danced between all of the foes…knocking some of them down and killing others. Zarn followed up with a blast of flame from his hand. This quick succession of magical prowess proved to be the turning point in the battle. Abderus was still stuck but he was able to fire off multiple arrows at foes all around and quickly the party put an end to these kobolds as well.
But it was not without cost; the party was severely wounded and was not able to continue without some sort of rest. Griffo, not wanting to be close to a dark, imposing stairway, said the best thing they could do would be stay near the front of the cave. This was quickly vetoed…much to Griffo’s demise. Perusing through his spellbook Zarn was able to find a ritual that would create some arcane eyes to alert them if anything decided to creep up on them over their period of rest. So the party, minus Abderus who decided to make camp, started a mysterious chant led by Zarn. Battered, they hoped that this ritual would work so they would be ready to begin their decent into the wide dark stairway.