The party finds and releases Sergeant Fornd from a jail cell. The other three cells are empty. Sergeant Fornd tells the adventurers that he and another five men came up to the mine after some of the miners and townsfolk had disappeared. Their goal was to clear out the caves. Instead, they were ambushed and taken prisoner. He doesn’t know what happened to his companions. At the end of the story, the goblin door opens from the east and in file a line of goblins on the attack. The party puts all but one of them down then ventures eastward to find six men shackled to the wall. They free the men, give them the shoddy weapons taken from the dead goblins and send them on their way out of the caves, led by Sergeant Fornd. Dinsdale has taken one of the goblins captive.
The goblin explains that his leader, “Grishog” was once a great warrior turned king but was recently enslaved by someone he refers to only as the “black orc.” The goblin tells the party that he will tell them where to find Grishog if they let him go. He says that Grishog is to the northwest past “skull crush.” Dinsdale ties a rope around his neck and the goblin leads the party northwestward to a room with a tunnel carved out of the ceiling, stretching 15 feet directly up. At the top, the party sees two pairs of red eyes glowing in the dark. The captive shouts something up in the goblin language. They eyes disappear and the goblin points up. Dareus starts up the passage and is immediately targeted with arrow fire from above. The goblin makes a run for it and pulls his rope loose from Dinsdale’s hand. Thorak manages to crack the goblin on the head as it tries to squeeze past him to freedom. The goblin goes down unconscious but alive.
The party leaves the goblin there, slays the two goblins at the top of the passage and finds a secret door out of the chamber up there. A small bell chimes when the secret door is opened. At the end of the hall beyond, the heroes arrive at a 60’ by 50’ room. The floor is covered with 10’ by 10’ squares filled with runes. The room is pitch black but with Arrakes’s light source, the party can see that the shadowy ceiling is bumpy. Dinsdale takes a wary step into the room and immediately, a 10’ by 10’ cube of solid rock falls from the ceiling. Dinsdale takes a step back into the hallway, barely avoiding the crushing blow. It soon becomes clear that this room is a death trap. Each time a new runed square is entered, another block plummets from above. Dinsdale makes a run for it and crosses the room to another passageway beyond, sustaining minimal damage. On the other side, Dinsdale finds a secret door, opens it and is immediately assailed by an angry set of goblins beyond. These goblins seem tough. They climb the walls and throw acid flasks and fire bombs. Dinsdale sustains a number of wounds before Dareus darts through the trap and joins the battle. All the while, the party can hear hoots and hollers emanating from the long south wall of the large chamber. The session ends mid-combat at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 1372 (DR) Third Age.