The rescue of Elisa Darkbane brought the party to the attention of Lady Allanda Markelhay and therefore of her husband, the Lord Warden. Merchants and travellers had reported growing kobold banditry on the King's road in the proximity of Kobold keep. Lord Markelhay knew that sending in a detachment of town guards under the command of an experienced sergeant would result in several fatalities as the guards although loyal and true do not have the skill levels of a band of adventures. He therefore summoned the party and offered them a quest to clear the Skull Kicker tribe kobolds out of kobold hall reasoning that if the clan leader was killed the various other kobold clans would return to their usual levels of in-fighting. His offer was 10gp per head and 100gp for the wooden mask of the kobold leader as proof of the death of his death.
The party accepted the quest and set off for the kobold's lair. Upon arrival they descended down a flight of stairs into a large chamber with a pit of green glowing slim in the centre. The glow from the slim pit lit up a loan Kobold slinger. Charging forward the heroes were attacked from a side passage by additional kobolds and the singer was reinforced by two kobold warriors. The kobold slingers kept a steady rain of glue filled globes at the party which kept Robin the Rogue stuck in place for most of the fight. The kobold spearmen mobbed sk'ar in an attempt to overwhelm him with numbers. As Obi engaged in a missile duel with the remaining kobolds. The party took a number of wounds but after a while the fight started to swing there way and the last two kobolds attempted to flee. Unfortunately for the kobolds they both had to run past Sk'ar who cut each down as they attempted to dodge past him.
The party proceeded down the corridor the kobolds had tried to flee down. The paladin taking the lead. After following the corridor for some time they came to a long chamber. Inside the chamber were an number of stone sarcophagi and at the far end of the room was a raised dais containing a shrine to Tiamat , the evil goddess of wealth, greed and revenge. Calling on his god, Sk'ar sprang forward heading for the evil shrine and unwittingly triggered a trap. With a rapid "phut phut" several darts struck him, paralysing him in place. At the same time kobolds sprang out of the darkness and took up defensive positions behind some of the sarcophagi. The highlights of the ensuing fight were Robin Triptoes the Rogue springing from sarcophagi to sarcophagi and Obi the Wizard calling down a Scorching burst on the altar and setting it on fire. Several times during the fight SK'ar was heard to bemoan the lack of a good throwing hammer, like the Kram the Dwarf Fighter had taken away from their last adventure. For the second fight in a row Robin proved incapable of hitting anyone with his "Sly Flourish" although his "deft Strikes" hit home. Rarely have i see so many 1's rolled in an evening. After taking yet more wounds the heroes once again prevailed and killed the kobolds defending the shrine.
Taking heart from their success (and an Action Point) the party pushed on. The passageway ended in a strange T-junction. The corridor branched right and left but the far wall of the passage way was only 10' high the ceiling being a further 10' above that. As the party stepped forward there was a crash and a loud rumbling sound and a large boulder came crashing into sight from the left. Robin the Rouge attempted to valult over the bolder but mistimed his jump and was lucky to roll out of it's way. Sk'ar the paladin hurled himself backwards into the tunnel they had just come down, dragging Obi with him to safety.
As the heroes collected their breath kobold slingers suddenly stood up on the top of the 10' wall in front of them and let loose. One stone went wide and the other would have hit Obi but Sk'ar bravely stepped into the way, taking the slingstone intended for his comrade. Obi and Sk'ar started exchanging missile fire with the slingers killing one while Robin the Rogue climed up the block the slingers were standing on and snuck up behind remainding one. Robin's sneak attack killed the kobold but in turn Robin was surprised by a cold ray in the back from further in the room.
The party ran around the centre block the slingers had been standing on and engaged a group of kobolds standing on a ledge. The group consisted of a shaman plus two bodyguards. Ska'r the paladin ran up the steps to the ledge and was engaged by the two bodyguards while Robin and Obi swapped missile fire with the shaman and attempted to dodge the boulder which was still circling. While they did this a small flying lizard swooped around their heads attacking and stealing small items.
Robin dodged around the boulder but Obi the wizard in a moment of madness choose to try and outrun the bolder which took him past the flying lizard which lashed out dropping him into the boulders path. Luckily for the Wizard, Robin and Sk'ar managed to overcome the three kobolds and get back to rescue him before he slipped all the way to deaths door. In the confusion the flying lizard managed to escape.
In the aftermath of the battle the party recovered the wooded mask which was the object of their quest as well as a magic staff - Staff of the white war wizard. However there remained one door they had not explored…