Lord Ahran Shallir decided to call in the tithe from a nearby village in order to get enough labor to clear the drow lair’s back passage, in hopes of tracking down the illithid and the strange stone he bore. To this end, he sent the adventurers, along with a scribe and a priest, to the village to muster the villagers.
Upon arrival, the adventurers came upon a strange sight. Goblins were raiding the village, taking food and other supplies. Not a single villager was standing, though no wounds were visible on them. The adventurers immediately raced to defend the villagers, but the goblins were mounted on worgs and most escaped. A handful of goblins remained behind to slow the party down.
The group easily beat the goblins, capturing one for questioning. His name was Skud. After some diplomacy, the goblin informed the group that his tribe (the Bonefire Tribe) had been driven out of their home near some old eladrin ruins and into the hills, due to undead taking over the ruins. They were having a hard time with supplies because of this. The party also learned that the goblin chieftan was in possession of a powerful artifact, a drum which sends enemies to sleep. Iros suspected, based on his religious lore, that this artifact was the Drum of Soriel, the first drum ever made and once owned by the great Bard himself.
The adventurers had Skud lead them to the goblin tribe. After a long meeting and more diplomatic efforts, the group managed to arrange a deal with the goblin chieftan – if the adventurers cleared out the undead from the ruins, the goblins would return to their home, stop raiding the elves, and return the artifact to the elven people.
The adventurers explored the ancient ruins. Inside, they found a library which had been sealed with magical spells, and many valuable magical books. They also found a necromancer named Draega the Bleak, a servant of Corena of the Bones. After a very tough fight, they managed to defeat her. Several magical items were found within the ruins, as well.
Finally, the adventurers were able to return to Shallir with the Drum of Soriel, and the goblins returned home. When they got back to the elven territory, Lord Shallir informed them that evidence of the mind flayer’s whereabouts had been discovered…