After defeating the kobolds at the entrance to the cave, the adventurers crept inside.
Within the cave, they came to a T-section, where the group found a trap the hard way, by two of their number (Leshanna, the Eladrin Rogue and Dree, the Human Cavalier) falling into a spring-loaded pit trap, which closed in on them as the others backed away to avoid falling in, too.
The noise alerted the Kobold sentries near the pit in one direction of the Tee, and also attracted a large number of giant rats from the other.
As the Paladin and Rogue worked to disarm the pit and get out, the others fought bravely, and wiped out all the rats and killed four of the six Kobolds while driving the other two further into the cave. Mishann the Dragonborn Paladin, took the brunt of the beatings from the Kobolds, as did Regenar the Human Wizard, who focused various blasts of flame and thunder upon the rats.
The fight was not yet over, as both Mishann and Regenar heard draconic yelling and chanting, which warned them of an impending trap the kobolds had prepared for would-be intruders. As the draconic hollers of "PUSH! PUSH! PUSH! came from the upward slope of the cavern tee where the sentries had been, the adventurers worked quickly to rescue their compatriots from the pit and got out of the way and out of the cave as a large 'boulder' rolled onto and lodged into the pit trap, where the 'boulder' was revealed to be a large hive of stinging flying insects, which burst from the 'boulder' as it crashed.
Counting themselves lucky to get out alive, and low on more powerful spells, the group retreated once again from the Caves of Chaos to rest and recover within the safety of Castellan Keep.
As they came out in the morning, yet another caravan was arriving from the West (no wonder the merchant's guild wanted the pass near the Keep cleared of raiders- such a brisk business is coming through here).
The local monks, Brother Larry, Brother Daryl, and Brother Derrell, offered to join the group into the next foray to help cover the group's back, and burn any raider corpses left behind by the Party's counter-raids into the Caves area.
Summary: no new treasure as there was no time to loot.
everyone is now 3rd level- If you weren't yet, you are not 3rd. If you were already 3rd level, gain 158 XP.
See you all at noon today. 2 new characters come in, and 3 go out (per e-mails from old players not able to play and new players coming in.)