"I will not doubt your aim again, Duran and Varros. I may just have you teach teach me how to properly use the bow," Gaven laughs.
Duran claps Varros on the back says: "Well done my friend." Turning to Graven, Duran chuckles and says "yes my friend the bow can be a powerful weapon in the right hands. Although I am sure you can teach me a thing or two about fighting when it is up close and personal."
"What of our friend, 'dirtbag'," Oloc asks. "Should we bring him with or have him remain up here? I am a bit worried that his seeing so many of his comrades fall, may be weakening my charm."
"We need Dirtbag to show us how to disable the alarm," says Gaven.
After some discussion, the group agrees that taking Dirtbag along to point out the alarm is the lesser of two ills.
"I suppose now is as good a time as any to descend," says Gaven taking hold of his shield and a spear, with the steaks wrapped in goblin's clothing in a sack at his belt.
Notching another arrow Duran joins the other in preparation to descending the stairs, while Varros puts his bow away, switching to his sword.
The group takes up a three-man frontage and descends the stair, ready for anything. In the dim light that falls through the open trap door catching motes of dust, you see that the steps give access to a 30' x 30' room.
The smell of death is quite strong here. At the bottom of the stairs you see the remains of Bill Bailey. The leg the goblins cut off to eat topside is not the only part missing. Most of his "meat" is now gone.
There are several old barrels in the room, the wood mostly cracked and gray and barely held together with rusted support bands. Inside them, at the very bottom, you find a blackened mush that is probably all that's left of the last apple crop collected here.
There are doors in the southern portions of the east and west walls. The door to the west is closed. Through this you hear the barking of the dogs, still muffled, but rather louder now that you've come down the stairs. The door to the east is slightly ajar. A quick glance suggests only darkness beyond it.