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 decided to camp out and recover at their new campsite (about a mile away – Ragnar & Leoren’s servants decided to move the camp for safety reasons), they get up for another foray once Ragnar gives Esma a little healing.
They return to the air-shaft to explore another side-tunnel but are forced to turn back when they find that the pit referenced on the map has no ladder or other easy way to traverse downward. They decide to return to the main entrance for another foray along the main tunnel. After searching along the track up along a side passage which they find only leads to another elevator shaft, they return to hike along the lowest (and largest) of the tunnels, and alomost reach the pit at the tail-end of the mines, when they discover not one but TWO muttering monstrosities, giants covered with toothy maws. The gang flees, several of them screaming as they have been touched by terror and pushed to the brink of madness, though their progress is slowed by the appearance of more toothy maws from the very earth and rock itself!
They leave the two behind, and nearly escape out the front entrance, only to be ambushed by a SECOND pair near the first elevator, and are suddenly surrounded on all sides by yet more mouths biting at them. Esma extracts herself from the mess to flee out the main exit, while 4th & Ed sprint for the air-shaft ladder, leaving Pung & Leoren to battle it out with the behemoths. 4th & Ed rally though, and as 4th starts pelting the monsters with arrows, Ed dashes through their legs in an attempt to hamstring them (which he fails to do, so he retreats into the elevator). Esma too returns, advancing slowly to fire a few arrows as well (though her fear gets in the way of actually doing much damage). When one finally falls the gang feels hope! But that hope changes to despair as the other snatches up Edwin to devour him in one messy, bloody gulp! Esma finally looses her mind, overwhelmed by despair as she falls to the ground, her one true love consumed by the horror from the depths!