Inside the Keep goblinoid tracks were quickly found everywhere, most leading to the double doors directly infront of the entrance, though some led to doors in either wall to the side. Careful listening at the door to the right discovered noises of creatures moving stealthily. After a short standoff with neither side opening the door, Kamu decided action was needed and barged through.
He was confronted with Goblins in position for ambush, but who had become distracted, looking to their leader for what to do when the door didn’t open immediately. The fight was brief and bloody. Whilst Kamu was severing a head and collecting teeth and Stephon and Corryn were searching the bodies, a horde more of the creatures burst through the double doors. They got more than they bargained for, hoping to quickly overwhelm the intruders with numbers, but they were easily outmatched in skill.
Searching the rest of the ground floor level showed up no more greenskins, but did produce a find of another and almost certainly more important nature. In a secret room located off the ruined library the adventurous found an ancient journal, recording the last months of the order of knights stationed there before the fall. With it was found a beautiful golden amulet, which Corryn soon confirmed was magical and designed to protect from poisons.
The journal told of a time of demonic forces and treachery and of the crafting of Kamu’s new found weapon. It told of a desperate mage (it’s author) who would sacrifice himself to teleport the few half dozen survivors to a tomb in the mountains where they might remain safe for a short time. Stephon and Corryn both declared it a priceless antique that must be studied.
Moving up the stairs, the trio discovered more destruction and damage. They also found more Goblins. Whilst Kamu and Stephon rushed into a room to quickly and quietly kill it’s occupant, Corryn was left outside, vulnerable and in the path of the berserk Goblin who had emerged from a room not yet checked. Corryn, grateful for his chain shirt and stout physique was left gasping by an axe blow that slammed him into the wall. As Kamu and Stephon rushed back out to his aid, Corryn retreated back round the maze of corridors and coming out round behind the raving axewielder, Corryn snuck up behind him and thrust his shortword into its back and out through the Goblin’s chest, taking the ultimate revenge, and its life.
With barely any respite a pair double doors were flung open and more Goblins charged out. Clearly the room had once been the Lord’s chambers and the party soon discovered it had been taken over by the leaders of the new residents. Two Goblins in dark robes, one a wielder of arcane power and the other embued with dark divine energy.
The fight was long and hard, with all three of the heroes suffering grievous wounds, but they all kept their feet and were victorious. The Goblin leader showing his true worth by cowering behind his fellow and letting him be struck down by Corryn’s magic rather than testing his own strenth against it.
One last thing remained. The Cellars. Luckily they contained but a single Goblin and his pet hunting stoats. The fight was onesided and quick. The castle explored and the Goblin threat ended, the friends gathered their loot, dragged the bodies into a pile, burnt them and set off on the return journey to Tarle.