On the Road to Winterhaven, Party 1 is beset by Kobold Brigands. They collect some shields, short swords, javelins, a dagger, and a sling, as well as 34 sp. The party gains 95 XP ea, enough to level up to 2nd level.
Keeping to the Ominous Signs quest hook, they visit Winterhaven briefly before gaining directions to Shadowfell Keep. Again, travelling away from Winterhaven, they suffer a Kobold Ambush (A1), but collect shields, and short swords, as well as 5 gp 23 sp, and an obsidian figurine worth 80gp, which is kept by Brinjin. They reach the Keep and begin a cursory exploration.
Areas 1 and 2 of the Goblin Encampment yield short swords, hand crossbows, javelins, +1 bloodcut hide armor, and 98 gp 101 sp, as well as a new member of the party, Splug. Splug keeps the armor, while Aelar and Dannad keep approximately 55 gp each. They rest for the night.
The next day, they descend to Area 3, and then to Area 9 of the Caves. They acquire war picks, javelins, flasks of alchemist’s fire, a +1 symbol of battle (Bahamut), and 22 gp, then take an extended rest. Areas 10 and 11 of the Caves yield a shield of protection, two potions of healing, five 50 gp gems, and 92 gp 373 sp. Having cleared this portion of the Keep, they rest before venturing in the opposite direction the following day. Aelar keeps the holy symbol to give to any divine character who might eventually join the group.
Area 5 of the Crypt is dealt with as a full day’s work, and the decision is made to return to Winterhaven to see if another party was gathered. Still, after an extended rest, our party ventures through Areas 7 and 8, aquiring a +1 magic longsword (Aecris), six 60 gp dragon statues of silver and platinum, some suits of chainmail, shields, longswords, and shortbows. Victor accepts Aecris, giving Dayereth his +1 lifedrinker longsword. The XP total by now is exactly right for leveling up to 3rd level, and they depart for Winterhaven.