The tiefling sorcerer and a couple of swashbuckling pirates harassed the group but were quickly driven off. The heroes gave chase and soon found themselves confronting Longblade, the leader of the pirates. Longblade was aided by a crafty kobold trapmaster and a sneaky elf rogue, who nearly killed Kenichi with a single stab.
The battle was fierce, and several of the heroes were knocked unconscious, but they pulled together as a team and managed to prevail. When the dust settled, the tiefling was dead and Longblade’s hacked body lay on the cold stone floor; the elf woman had fled and the kobold had been captured.
After the battle, Ulis explored the watercourse that passed through the complex but didn’t find anything of interest. The kobold, however, proved to be more than willing to provide information. Unfortunately, he didn’t have a lot of interesting things to say. He did confirm that Longblade was the pirate leader and that there would probably be infighting now that he was gone.
The heroes left the complex via a long tunnel that lead to a secluded gully less than a quarter mile from the coast. The gully showed abundant signs of long-term occupancy and equally abundant signs of a recent, rapid departure. Among the rocks and abandoned shelters, the party found a bound and gagged man named Irfan who proved to be a member of a wealthy family from Krandor. They brought Irfan with them as Ulis followed the tracks of the fleeing pirates.
The tracks lead to a sheltered cove that had recently been the site of a large conflict. Dozens of bodies were strewn along the shore and on a large pirate ship. Apparently the kobold’s prediction was correct, as the signs indicated that the pirates had been fighting one another. Tracks of two other vessels marked the shore, so some pirates did get away, including the elf woman…