After some discussion, the group decides not to descend down the stairs at this time. They return to the area near the excavation site where goblins were digging for treasure and go down the stairs leading south.
The finely worked stairs and flagstones of the dungeon give way to a wide, natural cavern. The ceiling drips with dozens of stalactites, and the floor rises unevenly with loose rocks and stalagmites. The rocks and debris become thicker to the east and west, and both directions offer only narrow paths of unobstructed terrain.
As the group stands at the base of the stairs leading to the cave, Aurum decides to explore on his own, moving off around a corner.
As he does so, the sound of rats is heard and, suddenly, several giant rats converge on Aurum to attack. The group rushes to his aid, which is complicated by the many hiding places the rats have to hide. Eventually, the group manages to kill off some of the rats but require Aurum to use his breath weapon to clear them out.
Two corridors head south and the group splits up to hunt down the rats. As Gurdil heads down the east tunnel, he is attacked by a large Ochre Jelly. Again the group rushes to aid one of their own, but this time the battle is much harder. The jelly eventually splits in two, making the match even more difficult. After a long and difficult fight, the jelly is killed and the last of the rats crushed.
The group decides to rest in the defensible cave where the jelly was found. The rest is without event.
After their rest, the group heads for a long tunnel heading south. As they approach a turn in the tunnel, an open pit in the ground draws their attention. Within the pit, the remains of a goblin and of a kruthik, a giant biped insect. After searching the bodies, some gems and 2 potions are found. The group also notices smaller tunnels in the walls of the main tunnel. these smaller tunnels are far too small for them, so they continue along the main on.
As the group turns a corner, they enter a large cave which seems to be the main lair of the kruthik. They are immediately attacked by the kruthick. The group backs out of the lair but soon discover that the smaller tunnels are usuable by the kruthik and the group is soon surrounded.
The group pulls out all the stops to battle the kruthik. During the battle, Aurum is downed but is returned to battle by Gurdil. As the situation worsens, Aurum uses his fire breath to dispatch many of the kruthik young and, eventually, the group prevails.