As our heroes approached Cragmaw Castle they knew they were being watched, but they had no idea by who. When they arrived at the castle, they discovered a small orc army, lead by a half-ogre and Johnny Five-Knives, marching south towards Phandalin. As the heroes debated whether to rescue Gundren or alert Phandalin, wood elves stepped from the forest to confront the players.
When the players made it clear they weren’t with the orcs, the elves stated they were tracking orcs patrols and it led them to this castle. Suspicious cloaked figures had been seen leaving the castle the day before. They have scouted the castle, and offered to help them assault the castle. The heroes asked if there was any way the elves could warn Phandalin, andTheodas Duskbough agreed to send his daughter, Eloen Brightwind to alert the the town. Sildar Hallwinter provided her with a token to prove she was to be trusted.
The players entered into the Castle through a side entrance, while Balthazaar and Kendal Vinehall scaled a rubble pile to snipe the goblins. An all out brawl was happening between the goblin cooks in the dining hall, while a disheveled bugbear trying to breakup said brawl. Balthazaar shifted on the rubble pile sending a cascade of rubble down into the kitchen alerting them to their presence.
The Salazar, Issac, and Milo stormed into the room trading blows with goblins as the snipers peppered their enemies with arrows. The melee shifted against them when bugbear mercenaries arrived to reinforce the cooks.
As the bugbears barreled through the players ranks, a vile Grick wrapped itself around Salazar. The melee ensued with a bugbear falling in a hail of blows and Salazar finishing off the Grick, That’s when two Drow walking into the room. The Dark Elves immediately attacked the players. Tarlyn batehed the room in magical darkness, while the dark elf warlock, Brizza Charmed Salazar and ordering him to protect her from his allies.
After a brief combat, Brizza is knocked out by Issac, and Tarlyn picks her up and retreats unlock a mysterious door. As the heroes pursue the Drow, they are ambushed by a terrifying Owlbear.