The worgs wasted no time in attacking the party. They swarmed the group while shouting strategy and making good use of their abilities. Combat began on even footing, but the odds shifted against the party seconds into the fray. Flame and Bolt emerged from the cave with four underlings — these ones specially armored — bringing the total to 12 against six.
Flame’s fire breath made a lasting impression on both the party, and several of the worgs. Both he and Bolt were resolute in their efforts to maintain the fighting, but as more creatures were injured, Bolt’s resolve began to wane. With three worgs dead, and Aeson dying, she finally decided to speak up, asking the party to consider negotiation.
The party’s reluctance initially led to more bloodshed, but they eventually agreed to hear her out. During this respite, Kreelash got a look at the paintings rendered on the Cave walls that seemed to offer some clues as to the origins of these intelligent beasts.
Bolt explained that the entire pack was merely acting to better their own lives, though she admitted to hating the people of the nearby village, who have hunted her and her kind for ages. She offered, amidst growling from Flame, to aid the village or even relocate if the party promised not to reveal their whereabouts.
Flame’s anger appeared to be steadily building during the entire exchange, and he exploded just as an agreement was reached. He attacked Bolt fiercely, wounding her gravely enough to leave her out of the fight as he attempted to best the party. Ultimately, this lead to his demise as the party’s efforts weakened him, and Amabella’s quick thinking got Bolt back on her feet to unleash a thunderous roar that allowed Ciraena to finish Flame off.
Bolt was not pleased with the bloodshed; less so with the loss of Flame. But she was willing to understand that the situation could not be helped. That is of course, until Kreelash attempted to kill her while she had her head lowered. He managed to wound her, but she escaped into the den. The rest of the party reacted with shock as the warlock simply explained that he followed the whims of his patron. That and a skinned sheep seem to have satiated the higher power, Kreelash or both.
What you have left to do now is up to you. The worgs’ den has yet to be explored. But it may be time to return to Corvale and address the evidence you found linking Malark Sum to some of the illegal shipments moving into Corvale. Be sure to collect your reward from the village, whatever you do.