The party ventures down the other path and comes to an escarpment that slides away toward the river. It is a giant cliff to them in their current size. Almost at the edge of the escarpment are the roots of an upturned tree. the roots make a sheltered cave like entrance and the path leads inside.
The party spends a long time scouting out the entrance. There are brambles stacked and woven as a partial wall and a narrow choke point at the entrance. The party is not very stealthy in their observance and they see 2 creatures dart out from behind the brambles carrying what look like leather eggs ‘footballs’ they place them on the ground near the entrance and dart back inside.
The creatures looked reptilian, almost like small dragons or bipedal lizards. “Kobolds” says Tiberius Hammersmyth great and industrious miners, but they are little bastards of hate.
The party attempts to get a better look and sees the Kobolds have a fortified fighting position consisting of a wall behind which glimpses of several can be seen moving. More disturbing is that there is a much larger Kobold whose skin is white tinged with blue. He appears to be a leader who yips some orders to the defensive position then retreats into a cave behind
The party is concerned with the eggs being some kind of trap, arrows are fired into them, eggs contents leak from several arrow holes. The party then tries some fire on the brambles. it lights quickly smoke obscuring the cave.
But this gives the party an idea to attack. Mourning Storm takes the form of a giant spider, he will use the smoke as cover and climb the cave ceiling and drop on the Kobolds from behind. Kvothe adds to the plan. He climbs onto the spiders back and prepares a spell.
The spider Halfling combination creeps atop the cave ceiling getting to a point where the Kobolds are exposed from above. Kvothe looses a thunderclap spell which bursts in their midst. The 4 Kobolds are flung against walls smashing their bodies…the defenses have been breached
The party lets the smoke clear and the brambles are easily passed. The party finds a pit trap that they would have had to cross probably under fire from the Kobolds. The dead Kobolds are armed with nicely built small crossbows and lots of bolts tipped with sharp glass like material. The wall that they were behind is made of sturdy brick. This would have been tough to assault.
the Kobolds appear crocodile like with ruddy brown skin with small white horns. THeir tails are smooth with small scales looking almost rat like. They have crude short swords and spear with them as well.
A smallish cave is behind the defensive barrier 4 to 4 1/2 feet high and as wide it presents a challenge to most of the party…the Halfling is the obvious choice for pointman, the cave stinks of wet dog and brackish water…