Once back in Phandlin we are not far from the Cragmaw Castle. We head off to the castle in hopes that we find Gundrin. As we approach we are shot at via arrow slits in the castles outer wall. Myasten and Gor-Rok take care of the goblin pests. I inspect the room leading north and find a trip wire. I deactivate the trap. In the next room we destroy a hideous worm-like creature called a Grick. This room has curtains on either side that leads to an Alter. I sneak up to the curtain and see a group of goblins ready to ambush us. After we take care of the goblins we travel south and find Sildars gear in a near-by storage room. Next to that room we find the barracks with some hobgoblins resting. Zhethog put one to sleep and I blind another. Once the rest are dead Zhethog cuts the throat of the sleeping hobgoblin. We decide to take a short rest in the barracks.
After resting we travel north back to rooms we have not explored yet. We soon find a mess hall with 6 goblins and their cleaver-wielding cook. Once we kill the cook the rest of the goblins flee through a door leading outside, and they escape into the woods. The next room we kill a few hobgoblins. The next-door leads into a room with an owl bear chained to the floor. After killing the owl bear, Zhethog spots a chest tucked high above us. I climb up and drop the chest down to them. It holds some treasure and a restoration scroll.
The next room has what we have hoped to find. Gundrin is tied up on the floor. Next to him is a female Drown. Across the room, stands a large hulking bugbear and his pet wolf. We move in quickly not knowing the health of our good friend Gundrin. Zhethog drops the Drow and when he does her face transforms into a faceless human. Myastan and Gor-Rok kill the wolf and hurt the bugbear with heavy blow. I am able to maneuver in for the final strike, killing the bugbear.
Gundrin tells us of his capture, and the wereabouts of the black spider. He says they took his map, and have found the cave he has eagerly wanted to explore himself. We get Gundrin back to Phandlin and plan our next adventure to the Wave Echo Cave.