After the runner burst into the feast and announced that the city was under attack, King Barrett bellowed, “Well, what are you waiting for?! You’re not retired yet!” The guardians swiftly leapt into action. First they quelled the panicked guests and got them to go with the palace guards in an orderly fashion. The bulk of the guards escorted the king to a safe location somewhere else in the palace, while the remainder led the noble guests to the kitchen cellar. Magnus Lione, the former guardian of Arten, went with the guests to make up for the lack of guards.
One of the guests, the Duke of Marketh, claimed that he believes his mining company may be responsible for rousing the goblin horde. He seemed apologetic and offered to lend his magics to protect the other guests. The Guardians invited him to join them on the battlefield, but he seemed to lack the nerve for all out warfare.
As the Guardians made their way through the southern gate, the soldiers manning the gates to the palace worried that too many of the troops were moving to the outer walls of the city and that the palace itself may be vulnerable if the main force was outflanked. They asked the Guardians to find Captain Abner and convince him to send reinforcements back to the palace.
Outside the palace gates the Guardians encountered a squad of kobolds that swarmed up from the sewers and slaughtered a troop of ambushed soldiers. After slaying the kobolds, one of whom was armed with crude explosives, the party dragged a heavy weight to hold the sewer grate shut. They fought there way through a few more kobold incursions before they met up with Captain Abner who was strategizing with his lieutenants. He told them that the goblin forces possessed numbers he’s never seen among their kind, and that the bulk forces are being directed by hobgoblin commanders. He suggested capturing one of the hobgoblins for interrogation. He was also previously unaware of the kobold presence. One of his lieutenants said his battalion was routed by a goblin ambush and told the Guardians where they could find the ambush site.
The party set off in a hurry to catch up with the goblins before they got too far. They found a residential neighborhood that was partially ablaze. A hobgoblin was directing his minions to burn the houses. The Guardians quickly realized that they had fallen into the same ambush tactic that had cost the lives of the lieutenant’s men. As they rushed in to attack the small group of goblins, archers perched on the rooftops loosed arrows down on them. After a painful skirmish the goblins were dead and their commander was captured alive.