A new batch of hopeful goblins arrived. They made immediate contact with Snaga, who saw their raft coming across the sea. They set up residence in the blockhouse once again.
Pyre’s idea of slaughtering deer with Invisibility to Animals worked beautifully; they began to build up a small food reserve and have more time for other things. They brought chickens, some fertilized eggs, and a lot of plants, and they set those up.
Over the course of the next few days they rebuilt the catapult, made a shortbow, started tanning several hides, tried and failed to make more alchemist’s fire, and concentrated some poison from Pyre’s castor beans.
The otyugh came back to eat the offal from the slaughtered deer.
On the first morning, a human girl, aged perhaps 11, came walking casually up the beach. She claimed to be out shopping for her mother, and presented the goblins with what seemed to be a witch’s shopping list, including: Giant Bee abdomen, Ettercap kidney, frog eggs, bay leaves, deerstongue, star anise, and wormwood. They said they didn’t have any of those things, but would keep an eye out for them; she said she’d come back at some point.
That night, Baughb woke up briefly unable to breathe; he lost a point of Con that still hasn’t returned. No one could find poison or magic (at least not by the time the spells were available). Bernie thinks it might have been a Night Terror, but isn’t sure what that is beyond ‘an evil spirit’.
The following day they explored the bat cave, and successfully fought the giant bat within. They also claimed a shovel, a pick, and a wooden bucket.
The next day they returned the cave to explore it’s final chamber, where Baughb, who was scouting ahead, was jumped by a pale, emaciated undead creature the goblins decided to call a vampire. It also went down quickly under a pile of goblins.
The cave contains a well with water, a shallow grave-like pit, a metal chandelier, a wooden scaffolding-platform, and a charcoal-scrawling that reads “mind the gap”. And lots and lots of bats and their guano. The goblins are considering moving in, but want a back exit; they’ve considered digging one.
The goblins then ventured further South, toward where the little girl had told them there was a human fort. They ran across an ettercap fort, instead, which Baughb scouted without being noticed. Unsure how many ettercaps there were, the party went around. They also found a giant bee, which they killed (and kept its abdomen for the witch).
The session ended as they were about to arrive near the human fort.
Morale among the minions is high so far; Baughb (and sometimes Bernie) having been entertaining the goblins in the evenings, they have no shortage of venison to eat, and sound shelter. The days have been busy, but with adventures frequently interrupting the labor, and their few fights so far have been clear victories.