Casnus Feltch and Ethne crept past the entrance to a chamber full of many kobolds on their way to verify whether or not Maddock MacClelland was dead or alive, and if alive, rescue him. The tunnel wrapped around into ankle deep water where the water spilled over an underground waterfall. To the North, the chamber full of kobolds was once again open to the heroes. Once again, dousing their light sources, they crept southward deeper into the caverns without being noticed.
Further south, they ran into a chamber with six kobolds that they dispatched quickly. Around the bend and down a tunnel, they ran afoul of eight half-orc thugs. This was a hard-won fight, but they managed to dispatch them also. They dragged the bodies of the half-orcs back to the chamber where they slew the six kobolds and stacked all of the bodies in a pile. Behind this barricade of bodies, they took an hour-long rest to catch their breath. Among other coins, they discovered two unusual gold coins in the pouches of the half-orcs; a perfectly smooth gold coin with a nail driven through it. Casnus recognized this as the symbol of The Rundeed, merchants from the deep South that are rumored to be slavers.
In a chamber beyond where the half-orcs were stationed, they found a treasure room with all of their prior gear dumped in piles with many other coins and several gemstones of varying values.
Moving onward, they picked their way to the chamber to where Maddock was still being held prisoner. Using the keys that they had stolen off of the prior kobold jailers, Maddock was freed. Maddock healed himself after his hands were free. All three quickly escaped to the cavern entrance to discuss their next steps.
Casnus had little incentive to continue to exterminate kobolds on an island that he had no solid ties to. Ethne still worried about depredations upon the halflings of Halbrook. Maddock could not allow these abominations to continue to live in such close proximity to Cantrev Wyngate, and he felt Tempus beckoned him to slay the kobolds in glorious battle. Casnus was swayed slightly by his friendship to Maddock, the recent finds of treasure, but he still had two days until he and Maddock were going to take the escort job for a ship heading to Athkatla. The three agreed that they had gone this far, and that they should continue on with the extermination work, at least until the 21st of Eleasias.
They agreed to stealthily attack the kobolds in the large cavern. To Maddock, this meant casting Shield of Faith, stepping out into the room, and bellowing a battle cry of Tempus. With their superior gear restored, added experience fighting kobolds, and a bit of luck, they wiped out 16 kobolds.
Following the cavern upward, they took out another five kobolds guarding hundreds of kobold eggs in a hatchery. They continued on to another wing of the chamber to slay 12 more kobolds stationed there before returning to the hatchery to smash all of the kobold eggs.
Bloodied and out of healing magic from Maddock, they spent the evening of the 18th in the corner where they had previously stacked bodies. With nearly this entire wing of the caverns exterminated, they were not bothered during the night.
The morning of the 19th came and they headed back down the tunnels leading toward where the kobold jail was located. They entered a rather well-furnished room and took down three wolves placed there as guard beasts. Also, within this room, they located an enchanted belt that Ethne put on.
Around several more bends, they ran into the human thugs that had taken down Maddock prior to his imprisonment. During this battle, Maddock was forced into unconsciousness by several well-placed blows. The one kobold jailer that had escaped them on their last exit was still with the human Rundeed thugs, but the kobold mostly got in the way of his allies by blocking their access to the player characters at a choke point.
With the thugs dispatched, the party rested near the jail. After resting, they decided that they needed a longer rest and once again slept the night off near the pile of bodies closer to the entrance chamber, even though the bodies were now starting to smell.
The morning of the 20th, they returned to where they had left off near the prison area. They discovered a storage area overrun with venomous giant centipedes. After having Maddock get poisoned and beat up rather well, the centipedes were put down. Within the room, they found a strongly enchanted dagger that Casnus took as his own.
Before leaving the caverns, they once again retrieved the warhammer hanging above the statue dedicated to Kurtulmak. The kobolds considered this a religious icon, and had put it back in their worship chamber. The adventurers are contemplating whether or not they want to continue on fighting this battle or if they want to head back to Cantrev Wyngate to prepare for a departure on the ship Grief of the Deceipt. It is still mid-morning on the 20th of Eleasias.