After healing, resting, and memorizing spells, the party was able to get Bertrim restored to his natural form. Now the party was split on how to proceed. One side thought it would be best to find a way out. The other, emboldened by their first successful encounter in ages and visions of an air elemental bringing doom to the Caverns inhabitants, wanted to descend the stairs. Greed prevailed, and they decided to press on with another air elemental for muscle. Down 900 steps, each a foot high, to the Greater Caverns. At the bottom of the stairs, the party had multiple passages they could choose from. The opted to head due south, and when that passage Yed they opted for the southeast branch. They soon found themselves in a large cave with a basin-like pool of water. The party felt a sense of safety, which of course put them all on guard. Searching the cave revealed nothing more than some unusual mushrooms. The expected magic mushroom jokes ensued. The party debated sampling the water and mushrooms, and then decided to see what an augury spell would reveal. They were surprised to find out that everything seemed beneficial, so they started drinking water and munching mushrooms. They then decided to head back to the bottom of the stairs and take a northern passage. It opened into a reeking, low-domed chamber with numerous tunnels branching off from it. The camouflaged troglodytes took them by surprise and hurled a volley of darts. The next round the trogs rushed to attack. Maylin took out a large group of them with a cone of cold. After a round or two of melee, a very large, sword-wielding trog emerged from one of the northern tunnels, croaked something at the party, and then rushed towards the fray. This whipped the remaining trogs into frenzy, and they started emitting their nauseating odor, but it had no effect on the party thanks to the mushrooms they had eaten earlier. Following the trog champion out of the tunnel was a hoard of huge trogs. Maylin cast his magic missiles at the champion while Elros fired a lightning bolt at the approaching hoard. The champion still stood and the hoard kept coming. The next round, just as the hoard was reaching the party, another magic missile and air elemental attack dropped the big trog. The illusionary hoard vanished. The party quickly mopped up the few remaining foes. For their efforts, and all of the spells they used up, the party got a few trg eggs, one piece of jewelry, and a crystal flask with some liquid in it. They headed north.