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The party followed the kobold tracks leading from the burned out inn into the Cloakwood. There they found a small kobold den beneath the ruins of an old keep. All three went in and made their way through the kobolds and bypassed a particularly bothersome dart trap. On an altar in the second room Adrie identified the markings of Orcus, the prince of undeath, scrawled over marks of Tiamat (the goddess of greed and typical patron of kobolds). Torvald identified this as a peculiar link to the Shadowfell. After continuing through the keep and defeating the chieftain, the party learned of a greater threat leading the kobolds. A young shadow dragon – Szarthilaxx – lurked in the caverns beneath the keep. The party engaged and defeated Szarthilaxx, recovering some minor treasures. Further, a note indicated a link to a man named “Kalarel” who was directing her operations.
After returning to town to report their findings, a dying scout warned the Lord Warden of Fallcrest that demon raiders had been sighted in the surrounding flatlands. The party chose to investigate these demons rather than pursue the link between Szarthilaxx and Kalarel.