PCs present: Baldwin, human magic-user; Ebin, human cleric; Huggra, elf; Mike, human thief; Orwill, halfling; Reeny Reenmel, halfling fighter; Thorg, human fighter.
Safely back at the Keep once more, the party found the Curate, Hagalpin, firmly refusing to cure their minor wounds. Orwill and Reeny joined the Congregation of Cuthbert as a result and paid their yearly tithe in full. They again enjoyed a short work day, relaxing at the tavern of Zorga Zvar, the one-eyed, one-armed, one-legged dwarf (none ever doubted HER military service).
For the third consecutive day, the party set out at dawn and took the same route to the caves. Word of their raids had obviously spread among the humanoids, however, as the portal dig site was now surrounded by a hasty palisade of sharpened logs, more a hindrance to movement than a defense. More goblin archers had been posted (and swept aside) and the party headed to caves across the ravine from the goblins.
Orcs of the “Gutshank” tribe occupied this area and the party made short work of the entire warren in a short series of very lopsided battles, Huggra charming their chief, Chaarogn, in the process. Reeny did fall when he made a headstrong charge, alone, into four orc guards but he was stabilized and brought to safety, along with Huggra’s new BFF.