Though tired, the team presses on. The map guides them to the chamber where the dragon eggs are likely to be. LaCief senses arcane power emanating from the area in the direction that the map indicates the chamber lies. She detects both dragon magic and something else…
Duor sneaks down a corridor with a faint light at the end. Keeping low and out of sight, he detects two Duergar guards at a door with a lantern hanging above. LaCief creeps up and inadvertently alerts the previously drowsy guards. Her search for arcana reveals no new information, except that the dragon eggs are nearby and beyond the guarded doors. Duor fires at the guards. They rush forward and return fire. The party moves up and dispatches the guards, one by a head crushing smash from Varan, but comes under attack by Cave Fisher Spikers who knock them over. Meanwhile, footsteps are heard coming down the passage from which the party approached. The party regroup in the room and destroy the Cave Fishers while another, more powerful looking Duergar appears.
This Duergar casts a fire bomb into the room knocking all but Duor and Unthawed to the ground. Varan charges the Duergar and creates a wall, blocking his attacks, and doing severe damage to him. Duor then appears and shoots the Duergar to the ground before he can get off another attack.
Varan hauls the critically wounded Duergar into the guard room and threatens him with an icy and painful death if he does not provide information about what is ahead.
With his dying breath the Duergar tells them that the Illithid is not in his chambers, that a contingent of Troglodytes guard the next room, and that the eggs are in the chamber beyond.