After looting some gems from the ogre’s stash, the PCs searched around and found two secret doors. They chose one and went down a dark hallway and found a secret room stocked with armor and weapons. Aion and Reddur happily rummaged through the equipment, which appeared to be made for dwarves, and picked out some new gear. Riell found another secret door in the room, which opened into a large forge that was bustling with activity.
Inside the forge were four hobgoblins watching three goblins and a dwarf woman that were making javelins. Two halflings were shackled together nearby. They were shocked to see the PCs barge in through an unbeknownst secret door and start attacking them. A lengthy melee ensued as the PCs fought to free the dwarf and halfling prisoners. Aion captured one of the goblins and had him unshackle the dwarf while the others hacked through the other hobgoblins and goblins and rescued the two halflings. One other goblin escaped and summoned four more hobgoblin guards. Reddur quickly dispatched two of them with arrows to the face, and the other two retreated into a large room. Aion’s captured goblin tried to escape, so Rori gave him a nasty whack to the skull, and one of the free halflings finished him off enthusiastically with a throwing axe.
After waiting, the PCs reluctantly gave chase and followed them into the larger room, where they were quickly attacked by four hobgoblins wielding javelins and bows. Reddur, Aion, and Riell engaged and quickly cut them down, but not before one hobgoblin managed to throw open two spiked pit traps in the middle of the room, nearly catching Aion with one of them. That hobgoblin made a desperate cry to “Kazmojen” before Aion grabbed one of the javelins and hurled it into his chest.