The girls traveled south through the Menowood, heading in a direction towards the Spine Ridge, making it very clear to me that they were avoiding the Vast Swamp.
The four broke adventurers eventually stepped out of the thicket into a ravine-like area. The walls rose rather steeply to either side to a height of about 100 feet or so – dark, streaked rock mingled with earth. Clumps of trees grew here and there, both on the floor of the ravine and up the sloping walls of the canyon. Doting the the walls at varying heights were black mouths of cave-like openings in the rock walls.
Kay and Sue had discovered the Caves of Chaos.
I drew out a rough sketch of the ravine on the Chessex map to make it easier for them to decide which cave they wanted to enter first, but, in their mom’s absence, I handed them a sheet of graph paper to draw out the dungeon.
Sue: Let’s go in A.
Kay: No. The dwarf wants to go in H.
DM: Why don’t you guys just flip a coin.
Kay: We don’t have any coins.
DM: I can go get a coin, but you can just use dice to simulate it.
Kay: No! Our characters do NOT have any coins!
DM: Oh, right.
They picked some dry grass at various lengths, deciding to draw straws. The elf won and as the dwarf grumbled in disgust, they headed off to the open mouth of a bottom cave to their right, near a small group of trees.
They were then ambushed by kobolds.
Sue: Eight of them?
DM: Looks like it.
The elf Delurith immediatly took one out with an arrow, as the other yapping seven charged the front row fighters. Taokith cut off the limbs of another, the barking squeal of the dog-like creature echoing in the ravine. Shadow followed up with a well placed arrow shot to the throat of a kobold, the creature gurgling its own blood as it fell to the ground.
Kay: Natural 20!
Toakith dismembered most of the small creatures, while the dwarf Doltoran mopped up the ravine floor with his axe.
Doltoran (dwarf): 2
Delurith (elf): 1
After the battle was over, the elf Cleric muttered a reluctant prayer to heal the dwarf Fighter.
Sue: I have to touch him for this to work? Great!
Kay: Those things are always so sneaky.
DM: It’s been almost a year, since you’ve fought kobolds, eh?
Sue: Our hit points seem so low.
Kay (referring to her halfling Thief, Shadow): At least you have more than 2 hit points.
DM: By the way, your elf is down 4 arrows and the halfling is down by 6.
After Delurith and Shadow did their best to recover a few of the arrows, they all headed into the the dark cave opening, going about 10 feet before they could see that the passage ahead split off into a T-junction, both sides leading into darkness.
DM: Did you guys bring any torches for the human and halfling?
Sue: Damn it!