The team crosses the hallway into another room, it appears to be some sort of office. There are piles of orc and gnome bones. Bob picks up a nice big one and tosses one to the wolf who happily sets about chewing it. What books and papers there are fall apart as soon as they are touched but they can tell it was some sort of record keeping. They find an iron strongbox which Willow picks, after they check it for traps. They find what appear to be old payments. 600 copper, 180 silver, 90 electrum and 60 gold.
As the companions approach the room where they fought the stirges, they hear some sounds. Suddenly, a javelin strikes Bob, who is in the lead, in the shoulder. They see two bugbears just ahead, followed by a wizard. “Glassstaff”, willow mutters. Willow reacts fast, peeking out from behind Kerri to shoot and then diving for cover. One of the bugbears who cries out in agony and Kerri shudders as a magical force almost traps her. Suddenly a blue elf, much like the doppleganger they killed before, comes at them shouting “You killed my sister!”. She attacks Kerri ferociously, but Kerri dodges, only to get struck with a crossbow bolt from a ruffin. She swats away a second crossbow bolt just as one of the bugbears mauls her. Kerri flees behind the rest of the group as Elewin casts his flaming sphere where she had been standing. Jane and Rama set into the elf, Rama using his new springy boots to leap over Bob. Bob, javelin still in his shoulder, swings his axe at the woman as well. Glassstaff shoots magic missiles at Willow shouting “You’re supposed to be dead!”
Elewin casts a spell which makes a huge crashing sound, pushing the elf backwards, though the bugbear is able to withstand. Glassstaf shoots mercilessly at Willow, nearly knocking her unconscious. He yells “I will kill you all in the name of the black spider!” Jane finally manages to take out Glassstaff but with his dying breath, he yells to the ruffians to tell Black Spider they are here. Willow took a shot at them as they began to flee, before sprinting back the way they had entered to try and head them off. Jane and her wolf followed them in case they were headed for a secret exit.
Finally, they finish off the drow and Rama joins Willow in running for the entrance. Willow dashes around a corner and manages to shoot one of them. Elewin and Kerri head towards the entrance tunnel in the hopes of heading them off while Rama, Willow, Jane and the wolf ferociously follow them. Rama manages to strike one with two javelins, as willows steps deftly behind him, hidden from sight of the feeling ruffians. She pops quickly out from behind Rama and takes down one of the ruffians. The other turns to shoot the wolf with his crossbow, Jane cringed as the wolf cries in pain, but he shook it off and lunged after the fleeing ruffian, pouncing on him and ripping his throat out. Meanwhile, Bob has been tying up the unconscious drow.
Exhausted and sore, the companions drag the drow back to the office they had investigated earlier, barricade the door and settle in to rest and tend to their wounds.