In this session, our intrepid heroes explore the kobold-infested mine shaft 14, only to discover an opening to a large natural chamber, which the miners had accidentally opened.
From a narrow ledge above the cavern, the party observed a congregation of kobolds. Led by a single kobold in maroon robes, the group was holding a religious service and preparing for a human sacrifice to their dragon god.
However, as the sacrifice — bound and adorned in silver ore, coins, & other baubles, was dragged into a charred pit, the party intervened.
They got more than they bargained with, however, as the kobold leader turned out to be a dangerous sorcerer, equipped with a Torc of Bloody Rage. As the battle went sour for the kobolds, the sorcerer dropped his wand & entered a deadly rage. Fortunately, our heroes were able to subdue him with a well-placed blow to the neck.
Unfortunately, when one hero went to check on the miner, the ground beneath his feet bubbled and broke—and a vicious Thoqqua boiled out from the ground & devoured the hapless miner, seeking the precious metals strapped to him. Turns out, the kobolds were not worshipping a dragon hatchling at all.
After defeating the thoqqua our heroes took a much-needed rest.