Aego arches one eyebrow as both Luis and Jhary pointedly don't say anything about their competition. The elf looks at his other companions, but decides not to say anything at this moment unless they do, too.
"Give me a moment," the elven wizard says as he closes his spellbook he had been studying while eating and places it in his backpack with his other stuff. Then he swings it over his shoulder and grabs his staff.
"So what's the plan?" Dorana asks as Jhary slips away. "Okay, I guess that's the plan. We follow him immediately. No telling what his agenda actually is." Dorana follows after Jhary about sixty feet behind him. (If the others don't follow she turns and gives them a C'mon look.)
Jhary sees what looks very much like the entrance to a Hobbit hole. There is an earthen berm completely grown over with clover, there is a round wooden door about 5 feet in diameter. Standing just outside the door holding a spear is a Kobold wearing leather armor. The Kobold seems alert and serious about guarding the door. It does not seem that the Kobold has noticed Jhary.
Jhary ducked back quickly behind an overgrown hedge as soon as he saw the kobold sentry. The little white mouse squeaked almost silently, also ducking, in Jhary's shirt pocket.
The hobbit held his hand up, glancing back toward the party about sixty feet back or so. He put one finger to his lips, signaling quiet.
(Jhary will attempt to skirt the edge of the berm, to make sure there's no other guards lurking around nearby. Once that's complete he'll pad back toward the group and try to negotiate everyone around the hill, then over the top behind the kobold blocking the door, sneaky-like and all together.)
Aego crouches near the halfling, but does not move. The elf raises his eyebrows, then motions to Jhary, crosses a finger across his throat, and then points in the general direction of the kobold guard.
Then he smiles at Jhary slightly challengingly.
I'm back! But beside Jhary and the DM, where's the rest?
Muttering a curse under his breath when the halfling attacks -- the elf would've preferred less aggressive tactics -- Aego moves behind Jhary and throws the dagger that once belonged to a travelling human minstrel at the kobold. The fine blade flies over the hobbit's head, straight at the sentry...
What with THAC0 and all, I lack the instinct to know whether my attack roll hits. The THAC0 for the dagger is 19, so with my roll of 16 (is that modified by my high Dex?) I think I hit AC 3, for 3 points of damage.
Aego's dagger whizzes past Jhary's ear as Jhary swings wildly and misses the kobold. Aego's dagger finds its mark and buries itself in the kobold's guts. The kobold lets out a feeble scream and drops to the ground apparently dead.
Jhary scrambles over the top of the mound. The little white mouse scurried down his leg to sniff at the kobold corpse. Likewise, the hobbit bent to search the corpse then turned to the door. (Detect traps on door, then pick lock if Jhary thinks it's clear.)
Moving up to the prone kobold, Aego cautiously watches for any signs of life from the apparently dead kobold before attempting to reclaim his dagger. The elf does not take his eyes off the creature, for fear of it not being dead and striking out at the vulnerable wizard. He does, however, shrugs in response to Dorana, indicating he doesn't know if there are more guards.