The party climbed out of the minecart and continued through the tunnel for a ways.
Mizri scouted ahead, and lead the group to a boat, guarded by an important looking pair, a tiefling priest and a duergar champion, with a horde of miners behind them. Thango, Mizri, and Gesh snuck up on them, and before they were noticed Thangobrind put most of the miners to sleep. Mizri charged in to isolate the priest, and was soon joined by the rest of the stealth team as Kildrak & Aadrik held down the champion. The tielfing had one vicious trick, but couldn’t hold out long against a dedicated assault. The miners trickled in as they woke up, but lone miners had no real chance of turning the tide. The battle had been decided before one party knew there was a fight.
The group took a moment to rest and plan, before boarding a boat & deciding to follow the current. After navigating around a whirlpool, they arrived at the fork in the path.