After suffering a horrendous defeat at the hands of a bridge and an axe trap the players retreated for a week to draw up new characters. Welcome all! Joined this time by a handy half-elf guide Arasmor d’Lyrander, they once more set out for the now slightly less populated orc lair. They encountered no resistance going in, and easily arrived at the door it had taken the old party months to reach. Going beyond they had the sense to check for traps and found a secret passage safely leading on. After taking special care to avoid the thirteenth step (and accompanying magic trap) they have come close to the end of their journey. Perhaps they will prove far the superiors of their predecessors and win their way to and past the black dragon Nightscale, ruler supreme of the caverns below.