Scales of War
The crone Zerriksa was being held in a room connected to the mushroom chamber. She is a naturally cranky woman and has made her captors more than a little miserable. And she played on the rumors in Brindol and intimated she might have “dark powers,” hoping that she’d scare the hobgoblins into treating her better.
Her plan worked—to a point. The hobgoblins put Zerriksa inside a magic trap, hoping she wouldn’t be able to turn them into toads once she was inside. Everyone in Brindol thinks that Zerriksa is a witch, but she’s really just an accomplished herbalist. While they couldn’t attack her directly, the gnomes and ettercaps tried to intimidate her and persuade her to switch sides.
The ettercaps had showed her Kartenix’s corpse, half-wrapped in webbing. And one of the gnomes brought the boy Thurann to the edge of the circle and threatened to slit his throat. No doubt they were trying to intimidate her into serving them.
After we rescued Zerriksa from the magic circle we knocked the noisy and grumpy old woman unconscious (for her own good, of course) and hid her beneath the decaying carcasses of the slain rage drakes from the Mushroom Chamber.