October 18 to early morning October 19, 24NA
The party moves to the upper level of the ancient shopping center, finding the private rooms of Chief Grum, his grisly trophy room holds the heads of four enemies and the Fey-Crafted longsword: Coblynnod Bytheiad or Goblin Hound. The Mithral Blade seethed with a hatred for the goblins who hid it from its true mission.
While the rest of the party debated the nature of the sword, Aideen saw a shifty figure slip into the goblin nursery, where they found a dark wizard or perhaps a warlock performing some dark ritual on the goblin infants. The goblin wizard was quickly dealt with, but harder on some was the fate of these squirming bundles of teeth. Desmond unexpectedly argued to spare one of the babes the wizard had been marking.
Aideen took the extermination hard.
The goblin wives were much less troubling, as were the lieutenants left to help Mender run the lair while Chief Grum was gone. The Hammer proved to be a dangerous enough foe that Gareth decided to use the power of Coblynnod Bytheiad as well as his own powerful divine smiting, ending the threat of the powerful smith in a single blow.
All the goblins slain — except for the one baby that Desmond convinced the party to spare — the party exits via the tree to find themselves in fresh air again. Signs suggest that the bulk of the Poison Frog Goblins left for Grayson two days earlier. They leave for Greywinder Village in hopes of finding horses to shorten the trip home.
A night's cheerless travel with the fussing goblin baby would wear on anyone's nerves, but near dawn and Greywinder still an hour away they come upon Old Salt, a priest of Odin, set upon by goblins and a bugbear. A weary group charges into one more battle, helping the old man to defeat his attackers…