After arriving at the Sootscale tribes lair, Maxivar and Nicholas are taken to a cavern where Mikmek is addressing a small crowd of kobolds by the kobold Zaptik.
“Yes, yes, Mikmek is greatest warrior, most cunning of all Kobolds, Slayer of Mites, and Breaker of Curses. Mikmek tell you true story of mite slaying. Mikmek bravely lead kobolds into battle at big mite tree to find statue and break curse.”
“Napnik hear all kobolds with Mikmek die.”
“Yess, yesss, all part of master plan! Master plan to distract mites and sneak in mite tree. Mikmek give red shirts to other kobolds. They can’t sneak with red and draw out mites.”
“Napnik hear Mikmek get captured”
“Yess, yesss, all part of backup Master Plan. Mikmek has plans within plans. Mikmek most cunning”
“Oooh, aaah! Mikmek smart.” from a couple of the female kobolds.
“Mikmek wait till right time to escape from cage. Mikmek wait till human meat shields come. All part of Master Plan. Then Mikmek with only mite dagger kills all mites. Awed by Mikmek’s power and skill, humans pledge eternal friendship to Mikmek. Humans make good minions."
“Champion Mikmek, your minions are here.”