The Lightning Racers:
- Edwin O’Flaherty, Goblin Rogue Mountebank, Militiaman and entrepreneur. Bearer of the Savage Ornament.
- Esma, Goblin Rogue Scout, Edwin’s unwanted partner in crime.
- Pung, murderous Orc Warrior Consumer with an eating disorder.
- 4th, Hobgoblin Warrior Ranger, Militiaman, medic and lackadaisical refugee.
- *Leoren, Human Warrior Mystic, Country Noblewoman turned adventurer’s apprentice.
Having rested for a day and after a bit of healing from Ragnar (who himself is not yet recovered enough to continue), the gang discusses how best to approach exploring the mine, given they keep getting swarmed at the first elevator by undead. Esma persuades them to head overland to the air-vent and explore from there. Together with Leoren (again leaving her people, along with Ragnar, at the main camp) the Racers hike up to the air-vent to climb down to the first tunnel they find. Walking quite a distance, passing several support-beams, they eventually find the next elevator shaft. Unfortunately there seems to be no way to activate the elevator from their location., nor are they confident they cam leap across, leaving everyone – but Esma – thinking perhaps it’s time to turn back. Esma decides instead to toss in a rock to test the shaft’s depth, despite 4th’s attempts to stop her. “Fool of a Goblin,” 4th whispers as strange chattering noises drift up, along with the echoes of distant drums, “you’ve doomed us all!”
As a handful of giant grubs climb up the shaft to investigate, 4th bolts, suspecting something larger and more horrible is not far behind. Meanwhile Ed disappears into the shadows as Esma & Pung move up to the lip to fire arrows at the onrushing bugs, picking off one before the others reach the lip of the tunnel. When 4th pauses to light a torch, he realizes the pillar could be shifted, collapsing part of the tunnel. But his trial shove nearly brings the entire tunnel down on them all, and he surrenders the plan as suicidal and continues his retreat, joined in short order by Edwin. Esma leaves the fight to give chase, taking pot-shots at them as they run, leaving Pung & Leoren to fight off the remaining three larvae. Leoren punches two to death while Pung shoots another crawling along the shaft’s wall back into the pit. Grabbing a carapace, Pung joins Leoren in pursuing the others back to the Air-shaft ladder and then up and out to the hill-tops.
Out in the open, Leoren smacks Esma for taking shots at 4th, and follows after the Hobgoblin to try persuading him to return (as he has decided to hike back to “sanity of the city”) while the rest return to camp.