Met and discussed trolls and dwarves with the witch. She gave us anti-troll poison.
The witch wants a bugbear exterminator. There are eight bugbears, one of them a wizard. The bugbears are vicious and sometimes clever. They are to the north of the hut, past a draw and a narrow pass. There is a large field of stones further north (where the witch lives), and then past that, straight north and uphill, about six miles: you’ll head over a peak and down the other side. About four miles past the peak is the bugbear camp. However perhaps better to go around the peak because a harpy lives on it. So turn northeast instead, past a ruined village, rounding the mountain til the peak is due south, then head north. The ruined village is about a mile, maybe two, from the stone fields.
The gobs resolved to head home, prepare, and attempt to provide the trolls with a Trojan Deer the next evening.
However on the first night, a cockatrice came by the cave and went to sleep in its primary chamber. The goblins were dubious about permitting a cockatrice to live in their cave, and resolved to slay it. They did so successfully and without significant difficulty. They cut off its head and mounted it on a stick, although it doesn’t seem to turn animals into stone any more.
The next day the goblins wrapped some crossbow bolts in pitch (to make flaming arrows) and tried to move in the direction of the trolls, getting somewhat lost along the way. they tracked and killed a deer, cut off a rear haunch and stuffed the poison into it. They then tracked down the trolls, and set them on fire. The trolls died.
Investigation revealed a jug of mysterious liquid and:
- medium banded mail
- medium studded leather armor
- 2x medium leather armor
- 5 jars of troll pee
- leather making apparatus, including drying racks and vats.
- pile of copper coins (ash-covered)
- two flails missing handles
- a bunch of arrow heads
- miscellaneous metal shards
The goblins went in search of the trader dwarf, passing a mysterious obelisk with horns. They saw a bird-like creature in the sky which they assumed was a harpy, and hid from.
They met the dwarf hermit in the ruined village on the northeast mountain. The dwarf was relatively friendly (ie less hostile than usual). The goblins traded their excess armor in exhange for a promise of flour and sugar and baking supplies and onyx in two weeks’ time. The dwarf provided some answers also: Winecrest is 30 miles to the west of the dwarf and contains humans that will kill goblins. Kraksis the demon is an asshole. The mysterious obelisk of the canyon belongs to a kobold.
From the Dwarf’s peak, we could see: The sea to the east. Peak of the big moutnain to the SW. Another mountain to the northwest, somewhat smaller. (Kraksis may live somewhere near there.) There’s a hollow with a lake to the due north. A smaller peak to the north-north-east. There’s a tower type thing on the tower, so the curious goblins headed in its direction. They passed a strange beetle-looking-like creature of great badassitude on the way, but avoided it. Later, after making camp, they heard a sound of slapping and grunting coming from the woods. It turned out to be two ettins fighting each other. bernie led them back to the shark-beetle thing and got it to kill one of the ettins. The beetle was frightened by a Doom spell and fled. In a fight, the ettin killed bernie. The goblins doubled back to the dead ettin and retrieved its brains, then cremated Bernie’s remains.