Tirla and Helstorm advanced into the next room to find it filled with animal skins, grabs, rubble and small bones. The dwarfs moved in and covered the exit as Smudge and Tirla searched the room while Helstorm went back and brought the orc bodies into the room to be searched. While Smudge searched the room a spider raced out of the rubble and bit him on the leg. He missed it with his long sword but Tirla raced across the room and slashed it with her shortsword. After searching the room the party loudly exclaimed they were leaving and waited quietly in the room.
After a few minutes they heard some hushed voices from down the hall and noticed a shadow of something near the doorway. After another five minutes Helstorm heard a scurrying on the floor and again saw a slight movement. Finally it was time to act, grabbing an orc body they had named “Ralf” Helstorm tossed it into the hallway as Tirla opened the door.
The hallway was empty with a closed door at the far end and a closed door on the immediate right. Helstorm prepared to rush through the door on the right with Ralf in the lead but when he tried to kick the door open it was obviously blocked on the far side. As they prepared to try and bash the door open Tirla moved quietly to the end of the hall and checked the door. It pushed open a few inches with ease but she could not see in the darkness beyond it. Smudge loudly made his way to the door and peered through the crack. Beyond he saw a wall about twenty feet away and what appeared to a foot right at the edge of his vision.
As the dwarfs and Gnomes guarded the other exits Helstorm peered Ralf’s head through the door which was greeted by four loud thunks into the door. He then rushed through the door with Ralf and tossed him forward as two more axes flew at him. Drawing his shield and mace he stepped to the right of the door and took up a defensive position. Tirla rushed in behind him and tossed a dagger into the first of seven orcs fanned out in front of the door waiting for them. Smudge rushed in and stepped to the left standing shoulder to shoulder with Tirla and Helstorm. Tirla managed to stab one Orc in the belly and Helstorm stuck him in the side with his mace collapsing him to the ground. One Orc slashed Helstorm with a strong blow. Smudge was not as lucky as he was struck twice by Orc blades, once in the hip and then again as he drove his sword through one Orc and downed another with a vicious blow. As the battled raged the Dwarfs suddenly shouted for help. Tirla rolled away from the combat and raced to the other end of the hall to see one dwarf slumped against the wall with an Axe in his chest. The Gnomes stood shoulder to shoulder holding the entrance against a wave of orcs. Two orcs had fallen to crossbow bolts as the other five sliced and hacked at the Gnomes. As Smudge and Helstorm battled five orc bodies now littered the floor and two remained. One was noticeable larger then the rest and gave a roar as she rushed forward veins bulging and eyes bloodshot red. As Helstorm tried maneuver to trip the raging Orc Smudge managed to block several of the huge Orc’s blows but was slashed once in the shoulder. Helstorm, frustrated with not being able to trip the orc re-drew his mace and smashed it into the Orcs back. As the Orc rose up to rain another blow down on Smudge a sword slashed him across the back bringing him to the ground. Turning Smudge and Helstorm saw Orgc-tulk-cluc the orc they had saved from the spider webs and released standing over the fallen orc. He nodded and said “Now even”.
Meanwhile at the other end of the hall the Gnomes and Orcs exchanged blows with the Gnomes dropping several more Orcs but both suffering severe wounds from the orc blades. Tirla behind them released a blast of electricity injuring one orc and blasting another to the ground. Tirlas focused changed as she heard commotion beyond the other door. As she turned away to face it the door opened and a blast of fire greeted the hallway. One dwarf collapsed to the ground while another rolled away and put himself out against the wall. Tirla managed to avoid most of the fire and lunged forward with his sword and stabbed the Orc standing in the doorway as her electricity discharged into it. The orc grunted and stepped back and another moved into its place and slashed at Tirla. Tirla sprang off the wall and drove her blade into the orc and it collapsed in the doorway. Another stepped forward and missed Tirla as she feinted a retreat and turned bracing off the back of the doorway leaping forward and driving her sword into the orc in the doorway. As it fell to the ground a cold feeling swept over Tirla but she turned and launched a blast of electricity into another oncoming orc.
As one Gnome dropped to the ground near death Helstorm and Smudge raced down the hall to take the fallen Gnomes place. Tekaryon, seeing that help had arrived brought his war hammer in a high arch landing it on an orcs chin and down into its chest driving it backward to the ground. Once large orc remained, looking at the four opponents in front of it, it quickly withdraw down the passage way behind it and into the darkness. Helstorm gave chase but quickly lost the orc and returned to the scene of the battle. Smudge turned and ran past Tirla into the remaining passageway still containing orcs. Inside he was met by a large room filled with orcs moving out of a doorway to the left. In front of him were three orcs and another two standing behind them. He drove his blade though one on the right and stepped over the body. Tirla tried to roll between two orcs as Smudge moved out of the way but one moved to block her and cut her his blade. She slashed it quickly doing little damage but a blade from the doorway ended its life. Orgc-tulk-cluc stood in the doorway ordering the orc women and children out of the room. The other orc was defeated as Tirla and Helstorm surrounded the orc leader dressed in banded mail armor. Smudge blocked several of his blows and Tirla stabbed him in the side. Helstorm brought him to the ground with a leg trip and Smudge drove his sword through the banded armor into his chest. The last orc with a animal skull headband rushed forward striking Smudge in the shield with a spiked club. The second blow caught Smudge through his armor. Smudge turned and slashed the last orc open with a mighty blow.
Helstorm and Tirla tended to the wounded dwarfs and gnomes but one dwarf was beyond saving and Vissaron was nearly dead as well. Helstorm used the rest of his healing to keep everyone alive.
Orgc-tulk-cluc stood in the doorway with the last few non-combatants feeling past him. After a few minutes of conversation much to the chagrin of the dwarfs Smudge asked if he would like to travel with them. Accepting he told them that the stuffed mountain lion had treasure inside but was probably trapped. After Tirla found the trap he searched and found a switch which he thought disabled it. Carefully Helstorm prodded creatures mouth with his halberd and with nothing happened Smudge reached inside and began pulling out handfuls of silver coins. After some time of dumping the coins on the floor the pile of loot contained mostly silver, some gold and platinum and a boot, gold and silver belt and a scroll.
After collecting the treasure and the wounded everyone made their way back to the mine entrance and rested the rest of the day as well as the following one.