Successful in their mission to find Douven Staul, the Bizarre Force make the trek back to Winterhaven to rest and relax before seeking out Irontooth and the kobold lair. While recuperating, Nadia is met by Valthrun the Prescient, who offers the heroes a handful of healing potions in thanks for saving Douven, who turned out to be a friend of the sage.
The heroes set out southward the following morning, intent on flushing out and ending the kobold threat. Late morning, they arrive at a waterfall overlooking a small gathering of trees. Using his finely honed senses, Kingsley was able to see movement beyond the trees; a large group of kobolds. After pointing them out to his companions, the group began discussing a battle strategy.
Unfortunately, Tiya, was dwarves are prone to do, spoke too loudly, and alerted the kobolds to their presence. Realizing they'd been found out, Nadia reacted on instinct, firing a magic missile, which struck an armored kobold square in the chest.
With the experience of true battle under their belts, the Bizarre Force was able to make short work of these kobolds. Using deadly attacks and well thought strategy, the enemy forces were quickly reduced to nothing. A small discussion erupted near the end of the battle, with Kingsley wanting to capture the remaining kobold for questioning, while Tiya, knowing the kobold to be an evil beast, simply wanted to see it dead. Though Nadia sided with the peaceful approach, the rest of the Force wanted the job done with. Overruled, Kingsley helped to slay the remaining threat. After a small amount of recovery, the group entered the cave obscured by the waterfall.
First to go in was Erik, who peeked his head into the cave. He met face to face with a half dozen kobolds, who were just as surprised to see him as he was to see them. He pulled out his head, alerted his companions, and they charged into the cavern.
A fierce battle broke out between the heroes and roughly a dozen kobolds. Erik got into trouble early on, pinned between kobold spearmen. Tiya rushed to his aid, healing him and pulling him out of harm's reach. Kingsley waded into battle, shouting battle cries and challenging his foes. The spellcasters did their part, hurling fire, arcane missiles, and waves of dark energy at the onslaught of kobolds. Ganifa fought fiercely but was quickly cornered. She pulled out her grandfather's warhammer and joined in the melee battle.
Things were looking up when a war horn sounded off, announcing the arrival of a large, armored goblin. This goblin had a horned skull, the icon of Orcus, lord of the undead, tatooed on his head. His jaw was encased in an iron mold, with two large spikes protruding where his lower fangs would be. The group unanimously decided this goblin to be Irontooth.
A vicious battle was fought, Irontooh swinging his giant battleaxe with reckless abandon. Twice a Force member dropped to the ground, first Tiya, then Kingsley. Both were able to make valiant recoveries to help their allies. In the end, Tiya summoned her guardian spirit, and Nadia conjured a flaming sphere, pinning Irontooth between these magical devices. In addition to this constant onslaught of damage, and the flames of Phlegythos cast forth by Kublah threatening to consume his soul, Irontooth was eventually killed with a well placed arrow of Ganifa's.
After digging through Irontooth's belongings and appropriating a suit of armor and a nice amount of gold, Kublah discovered an unsettling bit of information: Irontooth was corresponding with someone named 'Kalarel,' and an undead army threatened to consume Winterhaven!
Returning to Winterhaven, the group finally noticed Erik's new armbands. Upon asking where he got them, Erik quickly lied, but was found out. Erik was hounded by the more lawful members of the group, particularly Tiya, and was greatly intimidated by Kublah. He eventually told the truth, but Tiya informed him that she would be telling Bairwyn.
Back in town, the attitude was dark and murky. They received payment for killing Irontooth but, much to their frustration, were not allowed to see Lord Padraig. Tiya reported to Bairwyn Wildarson, but before she could rat out Erik, she learned that the shopkeeper had had Valthrun cast a divination on Erik, keeping close tabs on the halfling at all time to know where he was in case he decided not to pay the rest of the owed sum for the bracers.
While Nadia and Kublah had an odd encounter with Eilian, where the old man seemed to completely lose his senses and stumble off, out of town, the rest of the group met with Valthrun, who had a thing or two to share about Kalarel and the Deathcult of Orcus.
It turns out tiefling cultists opened a gateway to Shadowfell in the lower regions of what is now known as Shadowfell Keep, a former dragonborn base during the great war. Not only does Valthrun fear the cult is active and intends on opening this rift, he fears rumors of curses, hauntings, and goblins bands may hold weight as well. He implores Bizarre Force to help, and they agree.
The following morning, the group sets out. Met by a small group of villagers cheering them on, Bizzare Force makes their way north, to the Keep on the Shadowfell.