Holy crap that was an epic game! The party found a secret tunnel that led from the inn where they were staying to a cavern complex in an abandoned salt mine. They followed the trail left by whatever had ported the cargo from the abandoned wagons. The hunch was that the cult must be using lizardmen to porter the stolen goods.
As they entered the mines they wee ambushed by a small group of grick. Not long after they heard the tell tale sounds of bigger creatures and a massive grick emerged from the crevices and attacked the party with a mighty breath weapon of corrosive gas.
The wizard used a fire ball and toasted it's three young and damaged it. It attacked but began to retreat into the pit. Oh not on my watch! The paladin used misty step to teleport 30 feet above a massive grick monster hanging from the side of the cliff after the monk charged at it and critically hit it the same time it critically hit her and swallowed her whole.
The paladin Crit the grick with one swing and out fell the monk as the wizard hurled fireballs and a zombie dragon came out of its lair but then retreated back into it once it saw the carnage. Unfortunately, the monks bloodlust and the paladins justice kicked in and they charged with haste at the cave where the zombie dragon had just appeared.
Another epic battle ensued with the cleric turning undead and channeling the might of Bahamut. The zombie dragon and a horde of zombies fought hard against the players. In the end, the zombie dragon was defeated by combined arms although the heroes were on the brink and and deaths door more than once, they were victorious. They claimed the 5000 gold it was sitting upon as its bed
Licking wounds and hurrying out of the mines they came to a set of narrow stairs that had multiple empty sacks and treasure dropped in the halls.
They then emerged from the mines into the Mire of Dead Men and saw the castle Naeyter in the distance signifying their next target.