Temple of Nilbog

Player Characters
  • Kay, age 8 - Starlight, The Halfling Thief
  • Sue, age 12 - Alina, The Half-Elf Fighter
  • Tess, age 43 - Circe, The Elf Cleric
This entry is part 5 of 9 in TD4α - Eye of the Wyvern

The Delvers climbed up a switchback goat path alongside Wyvern Falls.

Starlight: That old woman was annoying.

Previously at the longhouse, the old woman spoke of how she witnessed wyvernlings descend from the mountain falls at night; Big John surmised that their lair was most likely near the top.

Apparently Big John had killed one of the wyvernlings with his shovel. He didn’t think these “heroes” were necessary.

Circe: Big John is an asshole.
Alina: Why are we helping them?
Circe: We’re doing this for Tilith.

At the top, the sound of the rushing white-foamed river rose up from below as they made their way into the mountains.

Gaen Vale Waterfall Jonathan Kirtzt

Ruins dotted the area; ancient bas-reliefs along broken walls displayed images of wyverns and dragons.

As night fell, they spotted an open ruined temple with a large bonfire built in the center. Above the roar of the surging river, they heard singing – harsh songs of the greenskins.

Circe: Starlight, see if you can get more information by sneaking closer.

Ruined Temple Map

Circe: Let’s wait it out. They can’t sing all night.

One of the goblins went to the cage and released the wyvernlings. They emerged and sniffed the air and then made their way downriver to the farms below.

Circe: Maybe they’ll kill Big John this time.
Alina: Hopefully they kill all of those peasants.
Sue: We should stick to dungeons after this.

The Goblin Shaman mounted a large wyvernling and took off into the night. The other four goblins gathered around the bonfire to warm themselves.

Circe: Great. They aren’t leaving.
Alina: At least there are only four.
Circe: We should just wait until they leave.
DM: They’re just goblins.
Tess: That doesn’t mean anything.

I pulled out a Warhammer Goblin miniature and Warhammer Orc miniature for comparison.

DM: You could easily take the four goblins. Your characters would know this. Orcs would be another matter. Goblins are on the scale of kobolds, if that helps.
Tess: Right, but we don’t know that. This is all new to us.

Goblin Battle Line Adrian Smith

In hindsight, I screwed up. In great numbers goblins are definitely a threat, not to mention no one can predict the polyhedral during combat. I should have let them figure this out for themselves. I robbed them of discovery.

The Delvers Podcast B-side