So the shakedown is, play by the Goblin’s rules of regime change or don’t and have a couple thousand goblins feast on avatar tartare. Not a bad deal, since you’re not leaving without The Standard of Eternal Battle anyway. So what if Goblins cheat? It could be a whole lot worse.
The Goblins say, “hey it’s this way!” Gates come crashing down and they all start hurling grenades down on you. And then after that werewolf lieutenants almost get Svendl and Reverend KO’ed, that would have been pretty nasty, but the avatars turned it around. Svendl tosses one of the werewolf heads at some kids so they could play with it, which gives them at least a couple of minutes to short rest before taking the bridges to the arena where Gark’s champions wait for the party.
About halfway over the chasm, goblins with hooks on poles rush the rope bridges to shake the avatars off. Reverend got some rope to create a harness, a good idea, but a little too late for Xan and Avier who couldn’t hang on and dropped the 80 feet down into a goblin hood. Avier crashed through a roof into a goblin den and Xan in a puddle or you don’t wanna know.
By the time the others made it across the chasm, a crazy goblin mob had formed below heading in the direction of Avier and Xan, who at the moment are about a block apart. It really doesn’t look good at all for the two who have fallen off the gauntlet path. Not good at all.