After a good night’s rest, the party awoke to find that the monk Shen Wu had hustled his way up the path and caught up to them. Feeling refreshed and renewed, they continued a long and moderately difficult climb out of the forest and up a hill. At the top of that hill, they found several heads mounted on poles, signs of a pygmy headhunter tribe nearby, and a warning to proceed no further down the path – but the path had split in two. The versatile Natane used her survival skills to determine that the headhunters were down the left path, so they took the right path onto a much smoother, gentler climb, and made good progress until somewhere about midday, when they heard some odd sounds. Various clanks and grunts were coming from somewhere near the path, so the rogue Dusk took a quick peek and discovered a goblin mine.
Upon hearing this, the sour dwarf Kelvin was ready to slaughter them all, but Sir Ither tried to appeal to his sensibilities. Natane attempted to intervene, but to no avail. The commotion caused a goblin to come investigate, and the dwarf nearly killed the goblin on sight, but Sir Ither again interfered. The stubborn dwarf refused to listen, and the goblin fled, but Sir Ither was forced to knock the dwarf senseless. The dwarf came to just in time to see that the goblin had returned with reinforcements. A smattering of diplomacy by Sir Ither failed to yield any efforts, and the group were forced to defend themselves.
After a long and exhaustive (though with only one wound to the dwarf, which he quickly healed) battle, the goblins all lay dead. The party searched the bodies, and found a number of potions and gems, and one mysterious scarlet and blue sphere. They had all gained wisdom and experience from their battle, and each felt that they had reached a new plateau in their own personal quest for advancement – a new level, so to speak.