The spider springs forth once more from its hole. This time, its attack finds its way through Emudre's defenses. Its teeth sink into Emudre's flesh, with the pain comes a sickening sensation as poison is injected into the wound.
Emudre feels as if her strength has been sapped. A sudden spell of weakness strikes her and her grasp on the crossbow's foregrip loosens, causing her shot to go short. Even so, Alexa and Sarvek's last attacks cause the spider to crumple up and fall back within its hole – dead.
The party stands at the ready, prepared for any additional threats. Luckily, none come. With a little extra time taken, one of the party makes their way down into the 5-foot-diameter. It is 25 feet before the bottom is reached. Upon the floor, you find a few bodies, including the body of a dead bandit, still dressed in leather armor and carrying a short sword, and a pouch that jingles. In addition, there is a silver Stag Lord amulet and a pair of boots.
Emudre takes 4 more Strength damage, bringing the total to -5 Strength.
Perception checks please – from everyone.
After finding the goods in the trapdoor spider's lair, you all finish searching C6. You setup camp along the southwestern edge where the plains meet the hills. The night passes uneventfully.
7 Pharast, 4710
You start to search through the hills of the Greenbelt, skirting the forest's edge to your west. Near the end of the day, at the southernmost tip of D6, Sarvek spots something and calls out to get everyone's attention. You notice a rocky crag rising from the hills here. At the base of the crag, an overgrown 5-foot-wide crack leads down into a cave. Taking your time, you each make your way through the crack. After 20 feet, the trail opens into a 30-foot-diameter cave. The cave wall directly across from the entrance sparkles slightly.
You spend the day exploring D5, finding nothing else of note beyond where you fought the bandits at the Thorn River ford. Shillaadrini tilts his head to the side suddenly. After a few moments of quizzical expressions shared among the party, he shakes his head as if to clear it. “I am sorry, but I have been called away. I must return home. I will stop at the trading post to inform Oleg and Svetlana of how best to reach me. Stay safe!” Without waiting any questions, he spurs his mount forward and races down the trail.
9 Pharast, 4710
While exploring the southeastern area of C5, Emudre and Sarvek suddenly hold up their hands, signaling a halt and to be quiet. Dismounting, you creep forward through the brush. Ahead, you find four kobolds wallowing within a large arrowhead-shaped patch of leafy greens. The kobolds take turns moaning, their bellies distended. Three baskets lay nearby, overfilled with what Alexa and Kuvarious determine to be moon radishes!
Sarvek puts two arrows toward the same Kobold that Alexa shot at. One shot goes wide, and thuds into the dirt. The second shot strikes true, finding a place in the Kobold's chest right next to Alexa's arrow.
Seeing the last of his companions fall from a well-placed arrow through the throat, the remaining kobold throws his weapons on the ground, raises his hands, and drops to his knees. “M-m-me giv up!” it shouts, cowering in fear. Knowing that kobolds typically speak draconic, you find it odd that this one has at least some grasp of the common tongue.