Crossing the bridge you see doors to the watchtowers, one of which is open and the other is not. To your right is a farm, which looks partially destroyed by some large (3ft diameter) rocks. To your left is the temple, with the bell ringing and the doors wide open. Straight ahead at the end of the path you see it opens up into a larger area, the village square, and even with your limited view of it from this distance you can still see a couple of these large rocks embedded into the ground.
The temple is dedicated to Lathander and Mielikki (Dawn and Forests respectively). Looking into the door you see some benches, a pulpit, 4 large stained glass windows (birth, dawning sun, trees, unicorn) and a half open door. No sign of people though. The bell (which can be seen in the steeple) is ringing constantly
Hawk watches Mandaway as he approaches the temple, and follows slowly in his tracks.
Fully alert, and ready to draw his swords or his bow at any second.
I have this strange feeling that something more than just Goblins are at play here.. this seems like too much for just a simple band of Goblin raiders. They must have some small army to do this much damage.. or something worse. I kind of brush off the thought, and say to myself:
Maybe this is just how the townsfolk decorate... with big boulders...
After entering the temple, I sneak up to the half open door and check what’s on the other side of that one.
Another Stealth check (if necessary): 25
Also Perception if that is useful: 6
Also, I’m trying to picture the layout a bit better. We came through the main entrance, right? And the second door gives into another chambre or is it another entrance/backdoor from outside to the temple?
Looking through the door, it leads to a back room which contains a plain wooden bed. The mattress has been torn open and its straw pulled out. The floor is strewn with the contents of two wooden chests: priestly vestments and worthless personal effects. You also see the steeple and the ropes for the bell, seemingly moving on their own.
(There is a second door opposite the main door that looks like another entrance, I just forgot to mention it earlier. This is a small side door)
After picking himself up off the ground, Zook follows the others into the temple, staying close to Hawk. "I don't think those rocks are there for decoration." Upon entering the back room and seeing the bell rope moving on its own, he says, "And I don't think that bells ring themselves. We should go up there investigate." He searches the area to try and find an access to the steeple.
"Perhaps we should just grab the rope and see what happens..."
Upon walking over to the rope, you look up and see, previously out of your line of sight, the cause of the bell ringing. Two goblins are swinging from the ropes, hanging onto a knot in the bell higher up. As soon as they see you, their faces change from happiness and laughter to scowling. They slide down the rope and draw their scimitars. Everyone roll initiative. (I will take an average of your roll compared to theirs and do group initiative)
Forge still walking closely behind the largest of his companions Krakkan "Something is definitely not right here.... Come to me Alf." and out from its pocket dimension comes an owl "Hello my friend, fly into the sky for me please so I may see from a better vantage point." Forge stops moving, takes a deep breath and as he does his fiery pupils go completely black.
"Goblin alert!" shouts Zook as he steps back, draws his short sword and prepares to face the two goblins as they slide down the rope. Quickly glancing around, he notes the position of Hawk, Bert, Mandaway, and anyone else who has entered the temple.