Taking Blackthorns directions, with the urging of his gaseous form and a pair of shifted werewolves, the party prepares to ambush Markessa in her lab.
Inkee listens at the door and hears a heated argument between two female voices.
Bursting into the room, they find themselves in a huge lab, nearly 40 feet wide and 60 feet long, full of bottles, beakers, glassware and strange alchemical substances. Various body parts float in jars of brine. Several bookcases, shelves, cupboards litter the room, as well as several tables. Upon one of these tables a freshly sutured unrecognizable creature screeches in pain. Its body parts are mismatched, yet it still lives, although it is restrained to the table with wide leather bonds.
A mezzanine balcony extends over the far end of the room, providing a vantage point and cover for goblin archers.
A short goblin woman in Chainmail that is too big for her, argues with a short beautiful elf woman with porcelain skin. Her hair is silver, her eyes a beautiful magenta, and her skin nearly snow white. A huge Winter Wolf rises from where it was laying at the feet of the women, and growls a warning as the party enters.
A dozen goblins with bows are scattered around the room, begin to shout a warning and nock arrows to their bows.
The Goblin woman yells “See! I told you…Intruders!!”
The Ice white elf’s magenta eyes burn with displeasure as she ducks for cover and disappears behind one of the cupboards.
One goblin rushes to two cages holding Owlbears and fumbles at the release.
Inkee charges in and kills the goblin before he can release the Owlbear, and engages Markessa as she tries to cast a spell. She is wearing a chain shirt beneath her robes and has a strange fine blade strapped to her hip. She yells at Gulyet, the Goblin priest, “Kill the spellcaster!” and points at Eldryn. Meanwhile, Andris, Will and Spike have engaged the Winter Wolf, but not before the creature bites Andris savagely and freezes him, also killing two unwitting goblins who were too close to the Paladin.
Greenfire, in the guise of a bat, worries Markessa and keeps the goblin defenders busy.
Gulyet cannot land a blow on the wily Eldryn, while Markessa attempts to escape by magically trading places with a goblin…..Inkee gives chase. She draws her Thinblade and engages inkee, wounding him severely.
Finishing off the Winter Wolf, the party Gives chase, and hits her with a silence that prevents further spellcatsing. Desperate she silently puts up a wall of smoke and tries to hide. To no avail.
Meanwhile, a goblin has managed to free another Owlbear, much to his own demise. The Owlbear engages Gulyet and keeps her from harrassing the party, and is ultimately her demise.
One last ditch attempt to flee, Markess runs for the exit, only to be struck down by Inkee.
Catching their breath, they now hear Blackthorn shouting at the werewolves “Break down that Damn Door!” Trying to get at the party.
Retreating to the lab, and preparing a defensive stand, they await the mysterious villain.
Blackthorn enters the lab victoriously, preceded by two bugbear captains and the two werewolves.
Inkee sets the other OWlbear free, but is dismayed as it sniffs him out and attacks him rather than Blackthorn and his minions!
Greenfire Entangles the lab by causing vines and roots to sprout and overgrow the entire room. It slows the werewolves down, but the Bugbears and Blackthorn are unhindered.
Will, Spike and Andris engage the Bugbears, While Eldryn and Greenfire pummel Blackthorn with magical attacks…which are mostly ineffective.
The werewolves break free and engage the party on the balcony, while Blackthorn cloaks himself in darkness and flies up to engage Andris and Eldryn.
Will and Inkee are nearly killed, and Andris retreats before the onslaught.
With concerted effort, Inkee and Andris are able to defeat the werewolves and bugbears, while the Owlbear wanders off confused.
Blackthorn presses teh attack, but Andris, using Icars two handed sword, is able to disarm the creature from using his Human Bane Blade. In Greenfires lightning storm, Blackthorn is revealed to be an Ogre Mage in disguise!
The attack is renewed, and Will takes up Blackthorns blade, using it against the Magi..
Greenfire finds some alchemical preparations in the lab and entangles Blackthorn in a concoction of tanglefoot, and Glittedust.
Eventually Inkee scores a telling blow and the creature falls to its death.
Amid the aftermath the party finds documents leading to a city on no map, called Suderham. Ledgers indicate that their loved ones have been sent on for ransom. There is also a ledger implicating many prominent merchants in the Wild Coast and Sea of Gearnat areas. The Lords of Gearnat would be most interested in such documents.
The creature on the table is recognized as Philbin, one of the ships crew. He is killed out of mercy.
The party secures Markessas Ring, Wand, Staff, Armor and Sword, Blackthorn’s Sword, Large Chain shirt and an amulet. The Goblin shaman had magical dwarf sized chainmail and a Morningstar.
Greenfire selects specific alchemical compounds for later use.
Finally catching their breath after two exhausting battles, they decide to hole up and wait in Blackthorns chambers. Once there Inkee discovers a hidden door, and Eldryn finds a magical hanging plant. Blackthorn also has several thousand gold coins and financial records, as well as a Large Sized Glaive.
The party hunkers down to rest, while the stockade, deprived of its leaders, descends into chaos around them.
XP Award: 2000xp