Sorry for the delay in posting this…I’ve been very busy at work. I also updated some locations on the Map of the Winterhaven area.
There were a large number of Kobolds inside (15!), including some new varieties they hadn’t encountered before: a Den Warden, and a Wyrm Priest. There were also 3 Guard Drakes.
It was a tough battle, but everyone survived (although 2 people were unconscious at one point).
After the battle, the party explored the cave. They found casks of food and crates dry goods, probably taken from the merchant caravan attacked on the road. They also found kegs of ale submerged in a pool under the waterfall (Kobolds prefer their ale cold).
They found some remains of bodies (missing merchants and/or guards?) in what looked like nests (probably where the guard drakes slept).
They also discovered a section of the cave that was not naturally formed. It appeared to have been mined, and then roughed up to look like a natural cave. The mined section had light sticks inserted into holes. The sticks stopped glowing as soon as they were removed from the walls.
And, after searching some more, they found a secret door in the middle of the back wall (the mined area).
There was also another squad of Kobolds waiting for them (2 Dragonshields, 3 Skirmishers, 1 Pikeman, and 5 Minions). The adventurers handled them fairly easily, but one of them escaped through the door on the opposite wall, and down a dark hallway.
Natalia was apparently overcome with bloodlust (or maybe she just really hates Kobolds) and chased the escaping Kobold down the hall into the next room….and straight into an ambush.