Having secured the mad dwarf and strapped to Bardas' back, the party continued down the cavern tunnels until they came upon a 45 degree incline. Excited with finally going the right direction toward the surface, the party surged forward with new hopes in their hearts. While scouting ahead in the next section of caves, Kaey happened upon two humanoids attempting to free another creature from beneath a rock pile. A man, with half of his face mottled in scales and a single goat horn sprouting from the side of his head, approached him asking if he was "Friend or Foe" to which Kaey replied diplomatically. The man introduced himself as Lann and asked if Kaey would help him move the debris off his fallen comrade without crushing him, however he was unsure of Kaey's ability to life anything not to mention a huge stone.
Kaey, feeling slighted, decided to not to call the rest of the party over and surprised everyone with a great feat of strength and Lann humbly apologized to his new found acquaintance. Once the rest of the party joined up with the the creatures, Lann explained that he would lead them to their village elder of the "mongrelmen" and that he could grant them access back to the surface of Kenabres. Aravashnial, excited by proving one of his conspiracy theories true, exclaimed "THE MOLE PEOPLE ARE REAL!" which prompted angry stares from Lann and mongrelmen. The rest of the party looked chagrined and talked down Aravashnial from angering the mongrelmen further.
Following Lann, the party came upon a pile of green moss that draped two bodies which caused the mongrelmen to gasp out the words in a whisper, "Spore Cougher!". The party cautiously approached the green moss-like creature and discovered that it was dead and the two bodies on the ground must of died fighting it. Both dead men were dressed as crusaders of Iomedae, yet they wielded glaives and a spiked gauntlet (not the traditional weapon of choice for followers of Iomedae. One of the men clutched tightly on a small, brass bull's head with tiny red gemstone eyes, which Balin identified as a symbol of Baphomet. Aravashnial had heard of a cult of Baphomet that was working inside the city to undermine Kenabres' defenses but it was yet another conspiracy theory that he could not prove. Anevia became more worried for her wife knowing that these cultists may be involved with the attack on the surface by the demon horde.
Eager to leave the tunnels, the partycontinued with in the "conga line" and made it to the home of the mongrelmen home Neathholm. The city was built on small island in the middle of a dark lake with a soft glow of light illuminating the cavern from luminescent fungus that hung everywhere. Lann introduced them to Chief Sull who thanked them for saving one of their citizens and offered a proposal to the party. If they would clear the way ahead of cultists which had established their camp along the way to the surface, they would promise their aid on the surface to clear Kenabres of the demon presence. The wise woman of the tribe tried to argue with the chief, but thanks to the thoughtful words from members of the party Sull still stood by his original offer.
The party bartered with the local trader and were deciding whether or not to rest before continuing on to the surface….