The island village
After dispatching the tribal goblins and their fire beetle pets the heroes eventually came upon a wooden sentry tower, a rough-shod building standing two stories in height. There they found two humans standing guard, spears at the ready. They wore patched and worn looking clothing mixed with a few bits of steel and chainmail, and carried longspears. “Halt! Who goes there? State your business?” One of the guards cried out, but both men looked very surprised to see the party emerge from the steamy jungle.
The heroes, having suffered many wounds and without their proper gear, assured the guards that they meant no harm and just wished to know where they were. After a whispered exchange, the guards agreed to bring the party to their village just beyond a low rise in the valley beyond.
Their trek to the village revealed some of the geography of this island, which was nearly perfectly ovoid in shape, and featured three prominent hill-mountains near the center. They followed a narrow path through the thick vegetation and over a low dip in the valley wall, emerging on the other side to find a broad valley a mile across nestled in the shadows of the three peaks. From the lip of the valley rim they could see a circular clearing in the very center of the island, flecked with circular wooden huts and smoke from cook fires.